What We Learned from Frank Ocean’s VMan Interview with Timothée Chalamet

· Updated on May 28, 2018

With the Academy Awards a mere month away, Timothée Chalamet is having the best year ever. Not only is he nominated for Best Actor for his role in the gay masterpiece that is Call Me by Your Name, but he also starred in Greta Gerwig’s Oscar-nominated Lady Bird. This month, he takes to the cover of the spring/summer VMan.

For the cover story, he was interviewed by none other than queer rapper, Frank Ocean. While the combination of two of our favorite people is reason enough to buy a copy, their conversation is pretty informative. It’s not just Ocean’s love for Korean Hawaiian BBQ or Chalamet’s brief rap career that has us hooked.

These are just a few of the highlights from this historic interview:

Chalamet is a huge Ocean fan.

“This is so exciting. It is an honor to speak to you, man. I’m such a huge fan. This is going to be a real test to keep my voice level and keep this as normal of a conversation as possible [laughs].”

It’s not pronounced “Timothy.”

“My whole life I was Timmy and then as I got older, it seemed like Timmy was youthing me out, so it’s been Timothée since. I tried Timo and Tim, too. The real pronunciation is Timo-tay, but I can’t ask people to call me that; it just seems really pretentious.”

Ocean loves Call Me by Your Name.

“I just finished Call Me by Your Name, the novel, yesterday, for more insight before we talked. It’s a really special role and an opportune, appropriate time right now in popular culture. I think it’s also good for you that this is your opening song. It’s such a proper foundation, to do roles like these that have so much heart and vulnerability in the very beginning, completely boutique or small, but on the lips of so many. Congratulations for the work and its effect and how it’s made people feel; it’s tremendous.”

Sufjan Stevens was just as emotional for the cast to listen to as it was for us.

“We listened to Sufjan Stevens [included on the soundtrack] with Luca and Armie [Hammer] right before we started shootingthat was an experience, to listen to that and, like, hold each other after.”

Read the full interview at VMan.

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