Timothée Chalamet is the last remaining Hollywood heartthrob

Timothée Chalamet is the last remaining Hollywood heartthrob

Long before I became a professional writer and was forced into adulthood, too much of my teenage years were spent in the chaotic corner of the Internet known to many as Stan Twitter. For most of that time, my Twitter account was dedicated to expressing my immense love for Timothée Chalamet, a name that has become so instantly recognizable that it requires no introduction. It started on a random day in 2017, when a paparazzi photo of the actor appeared on my timeline; It was love at first sight. The rest is history.

That’s the power of a true heartthrob: the ability to stop a person in their tracks and capture their full attention (and heart). Chalamet comes across as someone who is effortlessly cool and sexy (bonus points for speaking French!), but also approachable. That is the key to her impressive attractiveness.

In the past year, I’ve had countless arguments with friends about the apparent death (or at least the alarming decline) of Hollywood’s handsome heartthrob. Every time we try to think of actors that might be a perfect fit—jacob elordi? mileage counter? tom holland?—the only name we could agree on was the only actor who manages to make hearts flutter 365 days a year: Timothée Chalamet.

Although he had been acting for many years, with small but memorable roles in Homeland Y Christopher Nolan Interstellar2017 was a breakthrough year for Chalamet. So, at just 21, she starred in Greta Gerwig’s double whammy. directorial debut lady birdin which he plays an aloof high school student who plays bass, and call me by your name—both were nominated for Best Picture.

luca guadagninoThe sun-kissed coming-of-age romance call me for your Name it remains the greatest showcase of Chalamet’s emotional flexibility and subtle yet impressive physique. As Elio Perlman, a 17-year-old American on vacation in Italy who falls for a graduate student played by Armie Hammer, Chalamet conveys an intense longing that seeps throughout the entire film. He earned an Academy Award nomination, making him the youngest actor to be nominated for Best Actor since 1939. Since then, he’s been busy and busy with a string of A-list projects, never compromising on the weird (at least less in our day and age) qualities that have informed his star status.

While Florence Pugh and Saoirse Ronan were rightfully praised for their performances in the Greta Gerwig movie 2019 adaptation of Little woman, Chalamet is the movie’s secret weapon. Like Theodore “Laurie” Laurence, his softboy energy, perfectly captured in the iconic proposal scene between Laurie and Ronan’s independent Jo March, it’s never been better used than it is here.

This month, Chalamet will wall himself Dune and the highly anticipated double bill next year Dune: Part 2 Y wonka with a welcome return to his independent roots: the new film bones and all. Reuniting with Guadagnino, he dons a red-dyed mullet and plays a cannibal in a gory tale about young outsiders, opposite rising star Taylor Russell. He delivers a performance that’s on par with his most well-known turns (he hasn’t given a bad performance yet), to critical reviews. praising its magnetic and dazzling presence chemistry with Russell.

The heartbreaker, of course, is not an ancient invention. In recent decades, the likes of River Phoenix, Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, Heath Ledger, and the ultimate dreamer Leonardo DiCaprio have become subjects of intense adoration. At their peak, they were actors who embraced their soft sides and weren’t afraid to play characters who expressed their rawest emotions and vulnerabilities. While they may have initially received attention due to their attractiveness, they were also lovable due to their charming, down-to-earth personalities and self-awareness.

The traditional notion of a heartthrob has diminished as social media has dominated our perception of nearly every aspect of life and culture. Thus, the heartthrob has been replaced by the “internet boyfriend”, who is typically an actor (like Austin Butler Y Noah Centineo) that is popular during a specific time period, haunted in phases by extremely online people. They are rarely a long-standing obsession. Chalamet is indeed an internet boyfriend at his core, but he has a longevity that his peers don’t.

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Since gaining international recognition, Chalamet has been compared to DiCaprio, who set the gold standard for Hollywood leading men who followed in his footsteps. In some ways, Chalamet’s career choices mirror those DiCaprio made when he was younger. The 48-year-old has stayed away from large-scale franchises and tended to accept roles that emphasized his talent and good looks. Titanic Y romeo juliet transformed DiCaprio into a dream megastar that you couldn’t help but fall in love with, just like call me by your name Y Little woman did with Chalamet.

With his boyish charm, luscious locks, sculpted jawline and edgy energy, Chalamet fits the heartthrob mold perfectly, but he’s carved out his own niche by challenging the concept of traditional masculinity.

Unlike most of his peers, Chalamet has taken a different path to stardom, sticking to a filmmaker-led approach when it comes to casting his roles, regardless of their size. In less than a decade, she’s worked with everyone from Christopher Nolan to Greta Gerwig to Denis Villeneuve, fitting seamlessly into the vivid worlds created by Wes Anderson (as shown in The French office). If we were living in an alternate universe, the actor would have been cast as our beloved Spider-Man, a role he lost to Tom Holland. But since then he has stuck to DiCaprio’s controversial but wisecrack. tip to avoid superhero projects altogether, and it’s working out for the best.

Until a few years ago, box office numbers were a key factor in a celebrity’s status. Actors like DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Pitt, and Depp were able to fill seats in a movie theater based solely on the power of their household names, and this in turn helped build their stellar personalities. Recently, the concept of a movie star seems to be in crisis. Except for Tom Cruise, who transported Top Gun: Maverick topping the box office earlier this year, the idea of ​​a box office megastar no longer seems to exist. Sure, there are names like Channing Tatum, Ryan Reynolds, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. But even of these three, Tatum is the only person who has shown that he can deliver studio-backed movies that aren’t formally tied to superhero universes.

Chalamet exists in a gray area of ​​Hollywood. It’s true that thousands of people will flock to theaters to see her beautiful face appear on the big screen, but it has yet to prove that her popularity among young internet wilds can translate into ticket sales.

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Last year, Denis Villeneuve Dune it served as the perfect introduction to the world of blockbusters for Chalamet, giving us an idea of ​​how well a mainstream movie can carry on a grand scale. Chalamet appears in almost every scene in the sprawling two and a half hour film, and makes his presence felt. Released in the midst of the pandemic after a series of delays, Dune it was a box office success, grossing more than $400 million worldwide.

It would be impossible to talk about Chalamet’s appeal without mentioning his daring sense of style, which sets him apart from most of his fellow A-listers. of what seemed to be a shiny louis vuitton harness at the 2019 Golden Globes to a red backless jumpsuit at this year’s Venice Film Festival, she is constantly making bold fashion decisions. More importantly, she never stops carrying them out. She feels like she has a connection to the clothes she wears instead of dressing a certain way for the sake of provoking speech.

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He clearly has an adoration for the people who helped him get to where he is now, giddily waving and taking selfies with fans at movie premieres and politely stopping for photos with those lucky enough to meet him while he’s out and about. Earlier this month, at the Milan premiere of bones and allthe red carpet was unexpectedly to close due to the sheer volume of fans eagerly awaiting it. Not many actors have that power today.

Despite his immense fame, Chalamet is still the type to make each role distinctly his own. Unlike actors like Pitt and Depp, so well known that his fame is no longer distinguishable from his screen presence, Chalamet disappears into each of his characters.

As the notion of protagonist continues to evolve, Chalamet remains at the forefront of massive cultural change. In an era where male celebrities who garner even a shred of popularity are immediately labeled “Internet boyfriends,” regardless of whether they’re talented or charismatic, Chalamet succeeds as a swoon-worthy celeb who perfectly embodies the spirit of the heartbreaker.

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