Timothee Chalamet On the Struggles of Young Actors

Though Oscar-nominated actor has been acting for over a decade, he seemed like an overnight sensation after his breakthrough performance in 2017’s Call Me by Your Name. Chalamet’s success has continued in 2018 with Beautiful Boy, in which he plays a young man facing drug addiction. Chalamet is the youngest actor participating in The Hollywood Reporter‘s Actors Roundtable and, as such, speaks about struggles that are faced by young actors.

Though nearly all actors are into performing because of the art of it all, Chalamet admits that he, like many young actors, was worried about making enough from acting to pay his bills. He explains, “As a young actor, your first thought is: How can I be economically self-sufficient? The first time you get a check — People will be talking about the art, and you are like: ‘But wait a minute! I paid my bills. I am making a living.'”

When speaking about who he had learned about acting from, Chalamet speaks about lessons he learned in his high school experience. He explains, “I went to a drama high school in New York, so there were a number of teachers there I could point to. Harry Shifman [taught me about]the importance of failure; I was bad so many times in front of him, you get used to it. Acting is a remarkable dedication to being present in the moment. You watch actors go in the ‘control’ room sometimes and you are like, ‘Well, that’s not interesting to me as an audience member.’ But when you’re like, ‘Whoa, that guy doesn’t know what he is doing right now, he is just living it,’ that’s exciting.”

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In college, overachiever Christopher McKittrick double-majored in Film and English because he loves to read, write, and watch movies. Since then Chris – who was born and raised on Long Island, New York and currently lives in Queens – has become a published author of fiction and non-fiction, a contributor to entertainment websites, and has spoken about literature, film, and comic books at various conferences across the country when he’s not getting into trouble in New York City (apparently it’s illegal to sleep on street corners...) For more information about Chris, visit his website here!

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