Be still our beating hearts.
It may only be February, but it’s already been a huge year for actor and verified heartthrob Timothée Chalamet, whose role as Elio in Luca Guadagnino’s romantic blockbuster Call Me By Your Name has seen him blast into the collective conscious of film-goers around the world.
Now, thanks to VMan, Chalamet has crossed paths with one of his very own idols, openly queer musician Frank Ocean — and the resulting conversation has the internet obsessed with what could be the start of pop culture’s newest (and sweetest) friendship.
For those playing along at home, Chalamet has been quick to voice his love and admiration for Ocean’s music during red carpet interviews.
“I’m the biggest fan of his in the world,” Chalamet said of the Blonde hit-maker at a recent Call Me By Your Name screening.
He continued: “He's shown all of us what it is to have — beyond artistic integrity — fresh artistry at a time just because of the digital landscape, it can be hard to maintain that mystery and freshness. And he's done it. And the music… it's so incredible.”
Luckily, the feeling was mutual.
In the latest issue of VMan magazine, the two stars bond over what inspires their work, a shared love for actor Joaquin Phoenix, where to get the best bagels in New York City, the Call Me By Your Name soundtrack, and the “trippy” challenges of overnight success in Hollywood. For fans of the two, the interview reads like a super sweet MSN conversation between long-time besties, with Ocean just as thrilled to be speaking with the starstruck actor.
"It’s a really special role and an opportune, appropriate time right now in popular culture," Ocean declares of Chamalet's critically acclaimed performance, adding that he loved the film's "heart and vulnerability".
As the two chat and get to know one another - Ocean reflecting on his love for photography and Chamalet on his appreciation for fashion - the tone shifts to that of a mentor and mentee.
"There’s this really great connection between all these [creative] fields. You’re finding your own creativity and being excited about that; it’s cool," Ocean says.
“Thank you so much for this,” Chamalet gushes as the conversation comes to an end.
“It’s been such an experience, sharing personal thoughts about artistry and acting with someone that’s influenced me in many ways. This means the world to me.”