Timothée Chalamet Gets Honest About Hollywood Rejection and His Most Vulnerable Role Yet

It may seem like Timothée Chalamet is on top of the world, but even Hollywood's most in-demand young actor has had to deal with rejection. In this candid Screen Test, Chalamet opens up about losing out on big Hollywood roles, his audition process for his latest film, 'Beautiful Boy,' and the challenges and responsibility of taking on his most raw role to date.

Released on 1/17/2019

Credits

Starring: Timothée Chalamet

Transcript

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When you're a young person,
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you're kind of shopping for your personality.
00:03
You try this outfit at school, it doesn't work,
00:05
you're like, okay, I'm not that guy.
00:06
Maybe I'm this guy.
00:07
And that's like what it is to become an adult.
00:10
Those realities are totally at tension
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with each other when you're young
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because on one hand you wanna,
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not necessarily with partying or something,
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but you wanna find yourself,
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and on the other hand you have to find that cycle
00:19
to ground you, almost.
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And there's peer pressure and it is a really disillusioning,
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crazy world out there, and--
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[Lynn] And you're young.
00:32
I lost 18 pounds.
00:33
It was supposed to be 15, mom was worried,
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mom was worried, like from the movie where I was having sex
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with the peach and then I was like,
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I got another movie!
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And she was like, great,
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and I was like, ugh, and I told her the movie is about,
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the movie is called Beautiful Boy.
00:45
The movie is based on two books, Beautiful Boy and Tweak.
00:47
One's by David Chef who's the father in the story
00:50
and the other's by Nick Chef who's the son,
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and was addicted to methamphetamine.
00:53
I auditioned many, many, many times.
00:55
I auditioned for the first time in,
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not December of last year,
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but December of the year before that,
00:59
that last callback with Steve Carell,
01:01
he's just the greatest guy in the world, right?
01:03
The first time I met Steve was at a Chemistry reading
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and I'm a big, I shouldn't even say
01:08
a big Office fan, I'm like the typical Office fan,
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which is a big Office fan,
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and I just had to temper that
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'cause I didn't want to weird him out, like,
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you ever get it wrong when you meet
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a famous person you really like?
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If you didn't get it because the work sucked,
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that's fine, but if you didn't get it
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because you said something weird
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or you were like, hey, Steve,
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I'm such a fan, like, leaving the room
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he was like, God, I don't know, that kid.
01:30
So, now I can be honest about it
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and be a total weirdo.
01:33
And he named me Ryan who was also in The Office,
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there was Michael and Holly,
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and then my parents.
01:38
Beautiful Boys, the script they had been trying
01:39
to get made for 10 years.
01:40
Every guy actor my age had gone in for it
01:44
and that held a special place in my heart
01:46
because I'd been lucky, but a lot of bigger Hollywood,
01:48
Spider-Man, things like that, I didn't get,
01:50
that was the moment where I was like,
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oh wow, that was something I went in for six times,
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nobody ever said I was nuts.
01:56
You used the word scary so I don't wanna indicate
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a positive overture out of that,
02:01
but that's kinda how I feel
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and it's been really interesting the more we talk
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about the movie, the more we do q&as, the more I'm
02:07
aware of it's tonality and what it is
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to the world, and I realize,
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oh man, we made an anti-glorification of drugs.
02:13
The learning grace of this movie for me
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was addiction doesn't have a face,
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it has no preferred class or gender or race,
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I think it's almost easier to be like, oh,
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well that doesn't affect me or my family
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or my friends, when the reality is it's everywhere.
02:27
Nick came to set, we were shooting at UCLA,
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it's the second rehab sequence in the movie,
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and I think it was surreal for him
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and certainly it would be,
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how weird would it be to have someone play you?
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I was in England, and I got an email
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that he was gonna see it, on a Friday or something,
02:42
so that Friday passed, I didn't hear anything,
02:44
and then on like a Sunday or something
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I heard he was gonna see it again on Tuesday,
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so I thought, okay, that could be good or bad.
02:51
And then I didn't hear anything,
02:52
and then I heard on Wednesday he set up another screening
02:53
for that following Saturday, and I was like, okay.
02:56
I don't think he hates it, 'cause that would be masochistic
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to keep seeing it.
03:00
It was a text that was like, hey, saw the movie,
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and then I gave him a ring after that,
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and I dunno, it's one of those moments
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where you're like, oh wow, this is why you do it.
03:11
You can accept if people don't like your stuff,
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that's fair, but if he didn't like the movie
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that would have been such a travesty
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because it's beyond it being about addiction
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or drugs, it's his life.
03:20
It's his story, it's his family's life.
03:22
And I've gotta tell you, in talking to him,
03:24
to have somebody confirm back to him
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on the phone like, hey, we trusted you with this story
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and this process, and thank you
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because we appreciate it.
03:33
[Lynn] Pick up that thing.
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Thanks, Lynn.
03:35
Find out your fortune. Oh!
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[Timothee humming]
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When you see something beautiful in someone, tell them.
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It could stay with them for a lifetime.
03:45
Oh, Lynn, you are just so, so, so beautiful!
03:48
[Lynn laughs]
03:52
[Lynn] I will take it!