WONKA Star Timothée Chalamet Covers GQ’s November Issue

Posted on October 20, 2023


GQ’s November cover story marks the third for actor Timothée Chalamet, who first sat down with GQ’s global director of content development Daniel Riley in 2017, then subsequently in 2020, and now for part three, in 2023. In it, the actor discusses fame, former costar Armie Hammer, finding inspiration from Tom Cruise and Austin Butler, and the community of people he considers ‘good-energy Hollywood.’


On Fame:  “You start going on Instagram, seeing people from your high school getting married, friends having kids, and you start going: This balls-to-the-wall thing, even at this amazing level I’m at that probably couldn’t have gone better – you still start wondering, How long till you have to change?” Over the past six years, as Chalamet has become more famous, he is not naïve about how celebrity culture works. “I can’t say that this stuff doesn’t matter,” he tells GQ, “because my intense fandom has led me to where I am.” But he also bristles at the suggestion that he might not be entitled to a wholly private life.

On the allegations against former costar Armie Hammer: “Disorienting is a good word”: During preproduction of Bones and All, a cannibal love story in which Chalamet plays an “eater,” reports revealed that Chalamet’s Call Me by Your Name costar Armie Hammer had been accused by several women of sharing sexual fantasies in which he represented himself as a cannibal.

“I mean, what were the chances that we’re developing this thing?” Chalamet tells GQ, reflecting on that strange period. When false reports suggested the film was inspired by the news, “it made me feel like: Now I’ve really got to do this…Because this is actually based on a book.”

When asked how he personally experienced the allegations against Hammer, Chalamet says that “these things end up getting clickbaited so intensely. Disorienting is a good word.”

On the advice he received from actor Tom Cruise: “After I met Tom Cruise, right after finishing the first Dune, he sent me the most wonderfully inspiring email,” Chalamet recalls. It included a Rolodex of sorts of all the experts he might need for stunt training. A motorcycle coach. A helicopter coach. “He basically said, in Old Hollywood, you would be getting dance training and fight training, and nobody is going to hold you to that standard today. So it’s up to you. The email was really like a war cry.”

GQ’s November issue, on newsstands October 31.


[Photo Credit: Cass Bird for GQ Magazine]

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