Timothee Chalamet and Emma Stone discuss everything from dealing with young fame to whether they are now able to watch themselves on-screen as they take part in Variety‘s Actors on Actors series.
Chalamet, 22, admits in the chat that he “wept for an hour” after watching himself in the Matthew McConaughey film “Interstellar”, in which he starred alongside the likes of Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and John Lithgow.
Insisting he saw the film 12 times, the “Beautiful Boy” favourite says: “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 theatre, 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, 30, asks Chalamet why he was so emotional after watching the movie. “Because I just figured my part was bigger,” he replies.
The “La La Land” actress continues to ask Chalamet whether he felt a lot of dejection after watching himself in films.
He shares, “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 favourite 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 then reveals that she went up for “Alice in Wonderland”, but didn’t get that part: “Tim Burton’s a crusher… 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.”
The Variety Actors on Actors series also sees the likes of Michael B. Jordan and Charlize Theron exchange secrets about their acting transformations, as well as Melissa McCarthy and Lupita Nyong’o discuss headlining movies on their own terms.