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Disclaimer: My review will focus on the dialogue between Timothee Chalamet and Emma Stone during the interview that occurred on the Actors on Actors show. I will not be discussing their specific movies but only what transpired during the 45-minute interview, complete with my opinions as well.
Introduction to Timothée Chalamet and Emma Stone
You may have already seen at least one movie featuring Emma Stone as well as Timothee Chalamet. Timothee Chalamet is relatively new to the acting business; however, of late, he seems to be breaking ground as the up-and-coming actor to watch.
Timothee Chalamet is recognized as the youngest best actor nominee in over eighty years for his portrayal of Elio Perlman in the indie movie, Call Me By Your Name. He is also nominated for a Golden Globe award in the best supporting actor category for his role as Nic Sheff in the movie Beautiful Boy.
Emma Stone has won numerous awards for her acting skills in movies such as Birdman, La La Land, and many others. To date, Timothee Chalamet and Emma Stone have not acted in any movies together.
The Actors' Preparations for the Interview
It was obvious to me that Emma Stone did not take the time to study any of Timothee Chalamet's movies. The questions she asked were for the most part general inquiries that someone right off the streets would ask without having done any research. Some of the mundane questions she asked were when did he start acting, how did he choose movies, did he watch himself on screen, etc.
Unfortunately, I believe Emma Stone did a disservice to Timothee Chalamet by not doing more research in his background. For example, you may not know that Timothee Chalamet is bilingual and speaks fluent French. Plenty of movie questions could have materialized from this fact alone.
When they discussed learning different dialects or accents, he mentioned he had to do this for one of his movies "The King," which he said under his breath. Emma Stone did not seem to catch that he had mentioned yet another one of his movies and she did not expound on this new information or ask any relevant questions.
By contrast and to Timothee Chalamet's credit, it looks like he did a thorough job of studying Emma Stone's movie career. He was able to actually quote certain passages from some of her films. Without a doubt, the questions Timothee Chalamet asked showed that he prepared for this interview well.
In fact, Timothee Chalamet was not only prepared for this interview, but at one point, he pulled out a slip of paper with notes to make sure he was quoting facts correctly.
Maturity Levels Displayed During the Interview
Maturity is sometimes measured by a person's age instead of life lessons learned over so many years. Timothee Chalamet, at 22 years old, is eight years junior to Emma Stone who recently turned 30 years old. When Timothee Chalamet was explaining whether or not he watched himself on screen, I could tell that Emma Stone was impressed with the maturity of his answers.
During the interview, Timothee Chalamet showed that he is mature beyond his age. For example, I sensed empathy on his part when he included Emma Stone, who is eight years his senior when he was explaining a point of view and mentioned: "in our age group." I'm sure Emma Stone appreciated him not treating her as outside his age group especially since she is a little older than he is.
Additionally, Timothee Chalamet was quick to say he was sorry even though one may wonder what he said to be sorry about. His sense of maturity is shown by him not shying away from apologizing when there was little (if anything) he had to apologize for.
Timothee Chalamet Sticks with Familiar Words and Phrases
If you are have seen any of Timothee Chalamet's previous interviews, you can count on him repeating some words that he has used in the past. Those words/phrases include "trepidation", "facetious", "but rather," etc. He did not include one of his most used words, "cheesy" during this interview, even though this word may have been at the tip of his tongue.
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Movies Mentioned During the Interview
Timothee Chalamet referred to a number of Emma Stone movies, including The Help, La La Land, and The Favourite. Emma Stone managed to ask a question about Timothee Chalamet's weight loss for the movie Beautiful Boy -- however she did not mention any of his other movies, such as The King, Miss. Stevens, Love the Coopers, Lady Bird, and one of the most noteworthy films that in my opinion made Timothee Chalamet's name a household word -- Call Me By Your Name.
If you hear Timothee Chalamet's movies mentioned during the interview, you will notice that they are brought up by Timothee Chalamet instead of Emma Stone. I believe this goes back to Emma Stone not being fully prepared to interview Timothee Chalamet.
Name-Dropping of Actors during the Interview
Timothee Chalamet praised other actors such as Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, and others during the interview. He also mentioned actors that he remained friends with after the specific movie was done. Emma Stone seemed guarded on this topic. She made a generic statement indicating that she worked with people who have become life-long friends. However, she did not mention any names.
On the other hand, Timothee Chalament mentioned the movies, as well as the actors that he has remained friends with including Matthew McConaughey, and of course, Armie Hammer from Call Me By Your Name.
Indie Movies vs Blockbuster Movies
During the interview, Timothee Chalamet mentioned several blockbuster movies that he auditioned for but was not selected, such as Spiderman and others. He then went on to say that he appeared mostly in "artsy" movies that did not have a big budget such as Call Me By Your Name.
Personally, I was disappointed that he did not admit that the Call Me By Your Name movie was the movie that propelled him to the success that he is enjoying now. He sort of muttered low when mentioning Call Me By Your Name. This may have been done because Call Me By Your Name is no longer in movie theaters and he probably wanted to focus on his latest movie, Beautiful Boy.
In comparison, Armie Hammer and Dakota Johnson on another Actors on Actors segment seemed to mention Call Me By Your Name quite often, including the possible movie sequel. They even playfully said Timothee Chalamet's name as "Timmy" back and forth between the two of them.
I'm speculating here; however, I believe Timothee Chalamet probably wants to break from the movie that made him famous for now, since he is concentrating on making other movies. For example, he is currently working on Little Women where he will star as Laurie and there is talk of him starring in the movie Dune.
That being said, I think that more recognition should have been given to Call Me By Your Name and the fact that a sequel could be in the works. However, sometimes it's best to play it safe and not dwell on "old movie" roles even if it is just to keep yourself available for new work.
The Importance of Good Listening During the Interview
There was a segment of the interview where Emma Stone spent plenty of time explaining, almost defensively, that she was not a quiet person. This happened after Timothee Chalament gave a scenario of being in a room full of managers/agents and actors. He mentioned, the actors would act like a room full of quiet people as the managers/agents made their points.
Apparently, Emma Stone took this statement personally and went on to emphasize why she was not a quiet person, which was not what Timothee Chalamet was insinuating. Always the gentleman, Timothee Chalamet did not disagree or provide further explanation of what he said, but let her go on about not being a "quiet person."
I will be giving this interview a high rating mainly because I like the concept of actors interviewing other actors, even though I'm sure many are coached as to what to say. That being said, I think the interview would have been more complete if Emma Stone had done her homework on Timothee's Chalamet's movie career and Timothee Chalamet should have given Call Me By Your Name more credit than what he did on the show.
Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars, with 5 stars being the highest, I give the Timothee Chalamet and Emma Stone "Actors on Actors" Review 4 1/2 stars.