It might seem a bit premature to be doing a best roles tribute to Timothée Chalamet, given that he’s only just reached the age of 26 today (December 27th). But in his time working in both film and television, the actor has quickly established himself as a force to be reckoned with, taking on complex and nuanced roles to which other younger actors might have only been able to give a surface-level performance.
It of course takes a great director to draw out his best qualities, as seen with Wes Anderson in The French Dispatch, Denis Villeneuve in Dune, and Greta Gerwig in two of her films. But, even when playing a very small role in a large ensemble, Chalamet has a way of taking what he’s given and making the very most out of it — earning acclaim often by simply bringing a very mature approach to characters lacking in maturity.
Many of Chalamet’s roles so far have leaned on his youth, but one of the reasons why he’s such an exciting actor is that he’s able to craft such different types of young men, sometimes out of very little. However his career evolves over the next 10-15 years, it’ll be a thrill to witness it.
For now, here are 10 of his most outstanding performances (so far) — three of them coming out just this year, increased evidence that the future looks bright for him.
— Liz Shannon Miller