BRITISH VOGUE – “I can make breakfast – I make good deviled eggs,” Timothée Chalamet tells British Vogue’s editor-in-chief Edward Enninful, as they slide into a booth at a vegan diner in the October cover star’s hometown, New York. At present, that’s about the limit of Chalamet’s culinary expertise (he’s been too busy racking up acclaimed performances to spend much time in the kitchen), but he’s hoping to expand his repertoire of dishes now that he’s 26. “As I adultify that’d be a good thing to get good at,” he says.
Chalamet may struggle to find a gap in his schedule to devote to it. After his outing as a teenage cannibal in Bones & All – his second project with Italian auteur Luca Guadagnino – he’s set to appear in Wonka, a Willy Wonka origin story from Paddington director Paul King, and a chance for the Chalamet fandom to see their beloved sing and dance. “I’m trying to go where it’s not obvious to go,” he says of the eclectic CV that has set him on the path to becoming the actor of his generation. “I feel like Wonka is symptomatic of that.”
Then, of course, there’s his other new role: British Vogue cover star. Chalamet becomes the first man to fly solo on the front of an issue – a choice Enninful describes as a “no-brainer”. Famously a fashion lover (“You have such an innate sense of style,” Enninful tells the star), the set of a Vogue shoot feels like a natural place for Timothée to find himself. Still, actually seeing himself on the cover feels “extraordinary”, he says. “And weird. And just an honour.”