The skill Timothée Chalamet learned from studying with LeBron James

Timothée Chalamet is one of the best young actors in Hollywood. Chalamet’s film Bones and All received a nearly nine-minute standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival, according to Variety. Bones and All brings back the actor with Luca Guadagnino, who directed him in 2017’s Call Me By Your Name, which earned Chalamet an Oscar nomination. Chalamet was just 22 when he received his Oscar nomination, along with Armie Hammer, who made headlines for… various reasons. Chalamet was just 22 when he received his Oscar nod, becoming the youngest actor to receive a best actor nomination in 80 years, per Vox. Not bad for a guy who idolized LeBron James growing up.

When accepting an award at the 2019 Palm Springs International Film Festival, Chalamet said he doesn’t always want to act. According to Page Six, Chalamet told the audience, “First I wanted to be a professional athlete, think LeBron James and Lionel Messi. They inspired me with their invincibility; I looked in the mirror and humbly realized I would never be an athlete for many reasons,” as the crowd giggled. “Weirdly small physique,” joked the young actor, “but more importantly, my very glaring lack of athletic talent.” Chalamet’s self-deprecating humor and humbleness are reasons fans adore him, but there’s one skill the actor learned from studying James.

Timothée Chalamet studied LeBron James in interviews

Timothée Chalamet confessed to Vulture that he watched interviews with LeBron James and Jennifer Lawrence to prepare for his first press tour. Chalamet said, “If I go back and watch [Jennifer’s] early press kits or even LeBron, I’m so impressed because they were so balanced and well spoken.”

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James is considered by many to be one of the greatest basketball players of all time, but the Lakers star is also extremely media savvy. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst told The Ringer, “When you get those golden moments, he’s the most engaging interview subject you could ever find in the sports world.” ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, a reporter James has known for years, told The Ringer that his chats with the NBA great are about more than just basketball. “We literally had conversations about, ‘Do you believe in destiny?'” McMenamin explained. “How often does that happen on the NBA beat?” Like the NBA star, the young actor remains authentic. During the 2018 Oscars, the young actor admitted he was impressed by all the A-listers in attendance. He told ABC 7, “I’m not embarrassed … I’m really a fan first and foremost.”

In fact, the Call Me By Your Name star’s studies seem to have paid off. During a 2019 appearance on The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon told Chalemet, “You have such great energy.” The actor appeared relaxed and talkative, though he told the host he was nervous that he might “come off strange.” However, Fallon assured him, “You come across as normal and funny.”

Timothée and LeBron offer their opinion on the company

Like LeBron James, the press pays attention to Timothée Chalamet’s opinions on issues outside of his job. While promoting Bones and All on September 2, Chalamet had some deep thoughts about the negative impact of social media. The actor, according to E! News. Chalamet said, “I can’t imagine what it’s like to grow up without the onslaught of social media and it was a relief to play characters wrestling with an internal dilemma without the ability to be on Reddit, Twitter, Instagram or go to other TikTok and see where they fit in.” The Bones and All star added, “Being young now… I can only speak for my generation – needs to be judged intensely.” Chalamet darkened even more and said : “I think societal collapse is in the air – or it smells like it.”

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James has also spoken out on larger societal issues. After the Jan. 6 riot in the US Capitol in 2021, James poked fun at then-President Donald Trump for his actions. According to the Los Angeles Times, James said: “The events that took place yesterday [were] a direct correlation, the president who’s sitting on the court right now, his actions, his beliefs, his desires.” The NBA star didn’t stop there, saying, “He doesn’t care about anyone but himself … He doesn’t care about this one Country.”