You’ve been a major face of Hollywood in your career. I wondered whether you saw Jennifer Aniston’s recent quote where she said, “There are no more movie stars. There’s no more glamour.”
Did she say that? In her Allure cover?
I think I know what she’s saying. The age of the movie star died with social media, and with the behind the scenes of everything. The second we lifted the curtain, the mystery was going to be gone. But I don’t know, I’m also a real glass-half-full person. Like, that’s not bad, right? Every once in a while, there’s still someone who really pops out: We’ve got Timothée Chalamet, you’ve got Zendaya.
The cast of Dune, basically.
All glamour. Dune. All of Dune. Obsessed. Glamorous. I love it. It’s exciting. It’s just different because the household name is different—more dispersed. A lot of older people who are parents don’t really know who Timothée Chalamet is, right? They might not. Because there’s so much content for them to be watching, they’re not all watching Timothée Chalamet, even if their grandkids are. I think that’s the difference. Even though grandma I’m sure knows who Timothée Chalamet is. My mom definitely does. [Laughs.] Definitely for me, glamour is not gone. But Jen, what she’s saying is right. That creation of the household name star, it’s not what it’s going to be [about] anymore.
One specific movie I wanted to ask you about is Something Borrowed. I think that features one of your best performances.
Oh, my God. It was not received that way.
It was not. Well, the movie as a whole especially. But I know some admirers personally. And I thought of it when you were talking about the monotony of the genre. I feel like you started making more interesting choices within them as an actor, even if the movies weren’t there with you. Did you feel that way?
I was trying to. I was really trying to. I was trying to play parts and do things that were different. It’s hard when you’re an actor and you’re just a hired gun. Unless you’re producing it, at the end of the day, you do the best thing you can, and then you walk away, and you’re in the hands of the producer and the director. And even then, you’ve got the studio. There’s this perception that somehow, it’s the actors that are puppeteering this film, but it’s not. But yeah, that movie, I enjoyed. That film is imperfect, but it does evoke a feeling. If you go back and you watch it, you’re like, “Oh, it’s actually pleasant. I’m enjoying this.” I loved playing Darcy. I really wanted to get to Something Blue—that was the whole reason why I wanted to do Something Borrowed! Something Blue is such a great story, and Darcy’s such a great character. But no.