Timothée Chalamet was poised for another big year in 2023. In addition to returning as Paul Atreides in Denis Villeneuve’s Dune: Part Two, he took on the iconic role of Willy Wonka in Paul King’s musical prequel Wonka. He also found time to work with Martin Scorsese on a new Bleu de Chanel commercial and to begin filming James Mangold’s Bob Dylan biopic A Complete Unknown.
While the release of Dune: Part Two was ultimately pushed back to 2024 due to the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike, it’s still a very busy year for Chalamet. But that’s good for the 27-year-old actor, who hates being idle. In a new cover story for GQChalamet spoke about his love of keeping busy and reflected on how he struggled with cutting back on his work schedule during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
Chalamet explained that his small role in Adam McKay’s satirical comedy Don’t Look Up required him to spend more time quarantining than filming. When he traveled to Boston in 2020 for the film, COVID protocols required him to spend 14 days in quarantine. When he was able to appear on set, he was very eager to work and interact with other people again. So much so that his enthusiasm turned off some of his co-stars – including Jennifer Lawrence.
“When I arrived on set I was completely out of control,” Chalamet said. “That was the day Jennifer said it was the most annoying day of her life working with me and Leo. I escaped from my room.”
Lawrence’s irritation may have been compounded by the fact that she used marijuana on set to connect with her stoner character. While promoting the film, she joked that she was constantly the target of pranks due to her drunken state.
“I was a real target,” Lawrence said. “Everyone fucked me. … I guess because I was high. Easy to fool.”