Chalamet is making history as the first male solo star on the cover, the 26-year-old spoke about his rise to fame and shared the sage career advice Leonardo DiCaprio gave him.
The Don’t Look Up star shared his older costar told him: “No hard drugs and no superhero movies.”
Speaking of his rise to fame, the Dune actor said he never envisioned his career blowing up the way that it has: “I had a delusional dream in my early teenage years to have, in my late teenage years, an acting career. And in my late teenage years, working on Homeland and starting to do theatre in New York, I felt like I reduced my goal to something more realistic, which was to work in theatre and hopefully make enough money doing either a TV show or something I could sustain myself [with],” Chalamet explains. “And then it felt like every dream came true, exponentially. And then life is moving at six million miles per hour.”
The COVID-19 pandemic forced him to take a step back, however, giving him a perspective he said he didn’t have until now.
“When COVID hit, it required me to take a step back and be humbled to the idea that the greatest rock star…No, I don’t want to use that word, sorry, sorry. Scratch rock star. But [everyone has to] deal with, like, taxes and the dentist and real adulting, you know? I should have been trying to get my adult feet under myself a little bit earlier than I did,” he says.
“I found myself having to really, you know, be honest with myself that where I’ve been able to get myself to in life was balls to the wall, like throwing everything at [it] at a young age that, by some miracle, got me to where I am. But to then transition to an adulting mindset…
Timothee Chalamet next stars in Bones and All. The film is based on a novel by Camille DeAngelis. Chalamet stars alongside Taylor Russel, with the pair playing two flesh-eating lovers who go on a road trip in 1980s America. Bones And All is scheduled to be released in US cinemas on November 23, 2022.
Chalamet is also set to play a young Willy Wonka in a prequel to Roald Dahl’s novel Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, alongside Rowan Atkinson, Sally Hawkins and Olivia Colman. Wonka is scheduled to be released on 15 December, 2023.