Zendaya Feared Shooting Intimate ‘Dune’ Scenes With Timothée Chalamet For This Reason

In Dune, Zendaya plays Chani, the mysterious figure who haunts the dreams of Paul Atreides (Chalamet), one of the aristocrats who have taken over governing the desert planet of Arrakis. Throughout the course of the film, Chani and Paul grow closer and fall in love.

For the feature article of W magazine’s Volume 2, The Directors Issue, the 25-year-old actress revealed her biggest fear while auditioning for the sci-fi epic on Thursday, March 3.

“I had just gotten my wisdom teeth taken out… My biggest fear was that my mouth would be vile, and then I would have to do a scene with Timothée where we have to be really close and he would smell my dry socket breath.”

Also speaking about her love for acting in the cover story, Zendaya said her profession enables her to do something she struggles with outside of work — relinquish control. ““As a Virgo, I hate not being in control of things, and spontaneity is difficult for me in real life,” she said. “It’s funny, because that’s why I love acting so much. It’s the one space in which I can feel safe being spontaneous, because I’m not myself; I’m someone else. There are no consequences.”

Dune earned a whopping $400 million at the box office and a second installment of the film series is set to release in October 2023.

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