Emma Stone, Timothee Chalamet on how they dealt with young fame

Emma Stone and Timothee Chalamet sat down for a chat for Variety’sActors on Actors. For more, click here

Timothée Chalamet’s emergence in last year’s Oscar race felt like a tidal wave. All at once, a gifted young star had surfaced, perhaps to claim the mantle for a new generation of leading men. He’s followed his 2017 performances in “Call Me by Your Name” and “Lady Bird” with “Beautiful Boy,” a family saga in which the 22-year-old Chalamet, as a wayward drug addict, both yearns for and repels his family’s love.

Emma Stone, by contrast, is a movie veteran at only 30. Following her breakout in “Easy A” with “The Help,” her Oscar-nominated role in “Birdman” and a win for “La La Land,” Stone has established herself as a generational standard-bearer. In this year’s “The Favourite,” Stone, as an aspiring courtier seeking the attention of Queen Anne, brandishes an iron will; it’s that quality, as much as Chalamet’s moving on-screen vulnerability, that suggests the pair may represent Hollywood’s future.

Timothée Chalamet: We’re not too far in age, but I really grew up seeing a lot of your movies.

Emma Stone: I’m so old.

Chalamet: I never saw “The New Partridge Family,” so what’s that? Is that the first gig ever?

Stone That was a reality search competition that I auditioned for when I was 15. I had been in L.A. for three months, and I was auditioning a lot, and I wasn’t getting any parts. I wasn’t being cast.

Chalamet: Were you staying at the Oakwood Apartments?

Stone: No, I was staying at Park La Brea. Did you ever live at the Oakwood?

Chalamet: No, but there’s a documentary about it that’s terrifying. It makes you want to not be in this business. Did you get that job?

Stone: I got it, yeah. I won the role of Laurie Partridge. And we made one episode, and then we were not picked up to series.

Chalamet: So that footage doesn’t, like, exist?

Stone: It does exist somewhere. And I wish that you could have seen it too.

Chalamet: What was “Crazy, Stupid, Love” like?

Stone: I was really in love with that script, but I put so much pressure on myself — I was 20, and while we were shooting it, I was just going nuts and was like, this whole thing could fail. It felt like it had to be well-calibrated throughout, and it was the first time that I ever had to rely on myself to be able to carry all of that.

Chalamet: And then when you saw it —

Stone: I haven’t seen it. Can you watch your stuff? Because I can now.

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TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 10: Actress Emma Stone attends the Fox Searchlight TIFF Party at Four Seasons Centre For The Performing Arts on September 10, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by J. Countess/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 10: Emma Stone attends the 'Battle of the Sexes' premiere during the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival at Ryerson Theatre on September 10, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by J. Merritt/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 09: Emma Stone attends the HFPA & InStyle Annual Celebration of 2017 Toronto International Film Festival held at Windsor Arms Hotel on September 9, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Emma Stone (R) and Billie Jean King attend the 2017 US Open Women's Final with Hilary Swank and Philip Schneider at Arthur Ashe Stadium on September 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jackson Lee/WireImage)
TELLURIDE, CO - SEPTEMBER 02: Emma Stone attends the Telluride Film Festival 2017 on September 2, 2017 in Telluride, Colorado. (Photo by Paul Best/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 14: Emma Stone is seen filming 'Maniac' for Netflix on August 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Alessio Botticelli/GC Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 08: Actress Emma Stone attends the AFI Life Achievement Award gala at Dolby Theatre on June 8, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Emma Stone attends the Audi Polo Challenge at Coworth Park on May 7, 2017 in Ascot, United Kingdom. (Photo by David M Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 26: Emma Stone arrive at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California, Los Angeles on February 26, 2017. (Photo by Philip Rock/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actress Emma Stone poses in the press room at the 89th annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Emma Stone arrives at the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Emma Stone arrives at the 10th Annual Women In Film Pre-Oscar Cocktail Party at Nightingale Plaza on February 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Emma Stone attends the 70th EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) at Royal Albert Hall on February 12, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actor Emma Stone attends Vanity Fair and Barneys New York Private Dinner in Celebration of 'La La Land' at Chateau Marmont on February 22, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 11: Emma Stone attends the BAFTA nominees party on February 11, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 6: Actress Emma Stone arrives at the 89th Annual Academy Awards Nominee Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 6, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/WireImage)
SANTA BARBARA, CA - FEBRUARY 03: Actress Emma Stone attends the 32nd Santa Barbara International Film Festival 'Outstanding Performers Of The Year' award presentation at the Arlington Theater on February 3, 2017 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic)
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Chalamet: When I did “Interstellar,” I saw that 12 times in theaters and Imax.

Stone: You did, just to figure it out? You’re trying to crack that code.

Chalamet: I totally forgot the ending. In fact, Christopher Nolan had a screening at Lincoln Square, in Imax, and he invited just some of the people from the cast, which is surreal. It was a huge Imax theater, and it was just me, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and John Lithgow. And I really had no career at this point, so I was like the fraud a little bit. And I saw it, and I loved it, but then I went home to my dad and wept for an hour.

Stone: Why?

Chalamet: Because I just figured my part was bigger.

Stone: Oh no!

Chalamet: They didn’t even cut anything.

Stone: It felt so giant when you were doing it.

Chalamet: That’s exactly it. I have this monologue in space that’s [Matthew] McConaughey’s most brilliant acting in the movie where he’s getting those video logs and just weeping. And the whole thing plays on him, as it should, because that moment’s about him, but I’m in the theater and I was like —

Stone: I got incredible stuff here.

Chalamet: Yeah, and then it cuts like a grainy computer screen.

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 06: Timothée Chalamet attends the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Daniele Venturelli/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 06: 76th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: Timothée Chalamet arrives to the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019. -- (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 06: 76th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: (l-r) Nicole Flender and Timothée Chalamet arrive to the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019. -- (Photo by Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 06: Timothee Chalamet attends the Amazon Prime Video's Golden Globe Awards After Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 05: Timothee Chalamet arrives at the The BAFTA Los Angeles Tea Party at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on January 5, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 03: Timothee Chalamet attends the 30th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 03, 2019 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
PALM SPRINGS, CA - JANUARY 03: Timothee Chalamet accepts the Spotlight Award onstage at the 30th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Awards Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 3, 2019 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Palm Springs International Film Festival )
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Timothee Chalamet arrives at the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences' 10th Annual Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 18, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Timothee Chalamet, Armie Hammer poses at the 22nd Annual Hollywood Film Awards on November 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 13: Timothee Chalamet attends the UK Premiere of 'Beautiful Boy' & Headline gala during the 62nd BFI London Film Festival on October 13, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 13: (L-R) Felix Van Groeningen, Timothee Chalamet and Steve Carell attend the UK Premiere of 'Beautiful Boy' & Headline gala during the 62nd BFI London Film Festival on October 13, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for BFI)
SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 24: Timothee Chalamet attends the 'Beautiful Boy' premiere during the 66th San Sebastian International Film Festival on September 24, 2018 in San Sebastian, Spain. (Photo by Juan Naharro Gimenez/WireImage)
Actor Timothee Chalamet attends the 'Beautiful Boy' photocall during the 66th San Sebastian International Film Festival on September 24, 2018 in San Sebastian, Spain. (Photo by Manuel Romano/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 08: Timothee Chalamet attends The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and InStyle Party during 2018 Toronto International Film Festival at Four Seasons Hotel on September 8, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/WireImage)
US/French actor Timothee Chalamet arrives at the premiere of 'Beautiful Boy' at the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Ontario, September 7, 2018. (Photo by Geoff Robins / AFP) (Photo credit should read GEOFF ROBINS/AFP/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TEXAS - MARCH 08: Timothee Chalamet speaks during the 2018 Texas Film Awards at AFS Cinema on March 8, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 04: Actor Timothee Chalamet attends the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Timothee Chalamet (L) and Armie Hammer attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - MARCH 03: Actor Timothee Chalamet, winner of Best Male Lead for 'Call Me by Your Name', poses in the press room during the 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards on March 3, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Timothee Chalamet attends the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) held at Royal Albert Hall on February 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
Timothee Chalamet arriving at the Charles Finch and Chanel pre-Bafta party at the Mark's Club in Mayfair, London. (Photo by Isabel Infantes/PA Images via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 05: Timothee Chalamet arrives at the 90th Annual Academy Awards Nominee Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 5, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
SANTA BARBARA, CA - FEBRUARY 03: Timothee Chalamet appears onstage before receiving the Virtuosos Award at The Santa Barbara International Film Festival on February 3, 2018 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Dom Perignon)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28: Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer attend the London Film Critics Circle Awards 2018 at The Mayfair Hotel on January 28, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 26: Actor Timothee Chalamet attends 'Call Me By Your Name' Paris Premiere at UGC Cine Cite des Halles on January 26, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Laurent Viteur/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 21: Timothee Chalamet arrives at the 24th Annual Screen Actors-Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 03: Timothee Chalamet attends the 2017 New York Film Critics Awards at TAO Downtown on January 3, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)
PALM SPRINGS, CA - JANUARY 02: Timothee Chalamet arrives at the 29th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Awards Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 2, 2018 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
PALM SPRINGS, CA - JANUARY 02: Armie Hammer, Timothee Chalamet arrives at the 29th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Awards Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 2, 2018 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 21: Violetta Komyshan, Ansel Elgort and Timothee Chalamet attend the New York Knicks Vs Boston Celtics game at Madison Square Garden on December 21, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13: Timothee Chalamet speaks onstage during the Museum of the Moving Image Salute to Annette Bening at 583 Park Avenue on December 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 07: Actor Timothee Chalamet attends the 2017 GQ Men Of The Year Party at Chateau Marmont on December 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 07: Nicole Kidman (L) and Timothee Chalamet at The New York Times Magazine Celebrates 'The Great Performers Issue' 2017 on December 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for The New York Times )
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Timothee Chalamet attends IFP's 27th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on November 27, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Actor Timothee Chalamet visits the SiriusXM Studios on November 27, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Actor Timothee Chalamet poses for portrait at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversations screening of 'Call Me By Your Name' at SAG-AFTRA Foundation Screening Room on November 20, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet attend Calvin Klein and The Cinema Society host the after party for Sony Pictures Classics' 'Call Me By Your Name' on November 16, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer attend Calvin Klein and The Cinema Society host a screening of Sony Pictures Classics' 'Call Me By Your Name' on November 16, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Actor Timothee Chalamet attends the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) and InStyle celebration of the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards season at Catch LA in West Hollywood, on November 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / CHRIS DELMAS (Photo credit should read CHRIS DELMAS/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 10: Actor Timothee Chalamet arrives at the AFI FEST 2017 Presented By Audi screening of 'Call Me By Your Name' at the TCL Chinese Theatre on November 10, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
Actor Timothee Chalamet arrives for the screening of 'Call Me By Your Name' during the AFI Fest 2017 Centerpiece Gala Presentation on November 10, 2017 at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Timothee Chalamet at the 'Lady Bird' Press Conference at the Four Seasons Hotel on November 9, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 05: Timothee Chalamet arrives at the 21st Annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on November 5, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 05: Honoree Timothee Chalamet attends the 21st Annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on November 5, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for HFA)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Actor Timothee Chalamet (L) wearing Gucci, and actor Armie Hammer attend the 2017 LACMA Art + Film Gala Honoring Mark Bradford and George Lucas presented by Gucci at LACMA on November 4, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for LACMA)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 09: Timothee Chalamet attends the Mayor Of London Gala & UK Premiere of 'Call Me By Your Name' during the 61st BFI London Film Festival on October 9, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 09: (L-R) Armie Hammer, Esther Garrel and Timothee Chalamet attend the Mayor Of London Gala & UK Premiere of 'Call Me By Your Name' during the 61st BFI London Film Festival on October 9, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images for BFI)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 09: Timothee Chalamet during the press conference for 'Call Me By Your Name' during the 61st BFI London Film Festival on October 9, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images for BFI)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 09: Timothee Chalamet (L) and Armie Hammer attend a photocall for 'Call Me By Your Name' during the 61st BFI London Film Festival on October 9, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images for BFI)
EAST HAMPTON, NY - OCTOBER 07: Actors Timothee Chalamet and Grace Van Patten attend the red carpet for Variety's 10 Actors To Watch photo call at Nick & Toni's during Hamptons International Film Festival 2017 - Day Three on October 7, 2017 in East Hampton, New York. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Hamptons International Film Festival)
Michael Stuhlbarg, Timothee Chalamet, Armie Hammer and Luca Guadagnino of 'Call me by your name' pose for a portrait at the 55th New York Film Festival on October 4, 2017. (Photo by Matt Doyle /Contour by Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 03: Actor Timothee Chalamet attends a screening of 'Call Me by Your Name' during the 55th New York Film Festival at Alice Tully Hall on October 3, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
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Stone: Obviously, in the past couple of years, things have been pretty electric for you, but watching films like that you were in, did you feel a lot of dejection?

Chalamet: No, it wasn’t dejection, and some part of my brain makes me want to say immediately there was always gratitude to be working. Because I grew up in an actors’ building in New York, and I know the privilege it is to be able to support yourself. And yet, when I saw “Interstellar” and it’s my favorite director and McConaughey’s just killing it … and I was there — it’s a feeling of, man, I’m getting close. I went up for all these things, and tested for “Spider-Man” and I didn’t get it, and a Tim Burton movie, too, and these things weren’t happening.

Stone: Tim Burton’s a crusher. Oh, my God, when I auditioned for “Alice in Wonderland,” and not getting a Tim Burton movie is really devastating. This is a pretty esoteric conversation; working at all is fantastic — you’re exactly right.

Chalamet: For me, it was “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.” And then ironically, it was doing independent films that helps me not be cynical and be kind of inspired about the landscape we’re in now. People want a mirror of the things they see — they want to see things shot in a way that doesn’t feel like the sheen of Hollywood is there, and they want to see stories that feel real. That’s what I think. What do you think?

Stone: I totally disagree with you. We are on totally different pages, but whatever, it’s fine. Just kidding — you’re absolutely right. It’s an exciting time. There’s a lot of shift happening.

Chalamet: It felt like “The Favourite” was a tone I hadn’t seen you in before. I saw an interview where you said it was a very conscious choice to have a scene with nudity because you felt like it was true to the script.

Stone: I truly have never in my whole time working, which is not that long, I guess — it’s 12 or 13 years now — I have never, ever made a decision because I was like, “This is the kind of thing I need to do.” Now I try to combine all three elements of the script, the character and the director, but at different times it’s either that I am dying to work with this director or the script is incredible, or the character. It’s always been about that and not about that it needs to be this big movie or I need to show my tits or whatever. You have to talk to me about “Beautiful Boy.”

Chalamet: OK.

Stone: You’re so alive and honest in every moment, and to see you in that kind of pain was excruciating. What was it like?

Chalamet: What was it like? It was really difficult. To go through those scenes where you’re begging your father to come home and he says no. I can’t imagine anything worse than that feeling: “You are such a chaos in our life we can’t allow you in our home anymore.”

Stone: What you were experiencing as that character, who I know is a real person, was so immense. What did that require of you?

Chalamet: Felix [Van Groeningen], the director, wanted me to lose weight at the top.

Stone: How could you lose weight?

Chalamet: I know.

Stone: What did you do?

Chalamet: I thought, “There’s no business like show business.” It was supposed to be 15 [pounds] and then it was 18. It’s very hyper-concentrated portions of nutrients. You see “Snowpiercer”?

Stone: Yeah.

Chalamet: It’s the protein goo.

Stone: No! It’s like soylent or something.

Chalamet: Did you feel like you worked too much when you were young? Maybe this is a weird question.

Stone: I think I was really lucky that my first movie I was about to turn 18, and then things started. How are you feeling in this time in your life? I guess you don’t know, because you haven’t been older than you are right now?

Chalamet: True.

Stone: “Easy A” came out when I was 21, and “Spider-Man” came out when I was 22. In that time period, to lose anonymity, I didn’t really understand what that would be like. It was easily the hardest aspect of all of this, even though I’m so grateful. How are you feeling with that kind of shift?

Chalamet: It’s not really overpowering or dramatic in any way, truthfully. People saw me, but it hasn’t been really nuts. I feel such pride for “Call Me by Your Name” and “Lady Bird” and the fact that we made those on shoestring budgets. I went in for “Spider-Man” and those things, and I didn’t get them. Those are prepackaged, you’ll-be-famous-after-this kind of things. “Call Me by Your Name” and “Lady Bird,” they really weren’t. We were making art-house movies. I think that’s what helps me when I get stopped: It’s about the movies.

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