As you may be able to tell by the title, I’ve gone somewhat crazy over an interview between Harry Styles and Timothee Chalamet, and honestly, rightly so?
i-D are well known for executing some amazing interviews in their own right, but handing over the reigns to a cultured king such as Styles, could possibly be their best move yet.
I mean an Oscar nominated 22-year old and a platinum selling 24-year old chatting, philosophising and showing us all up with their casual genius, it’s what the people want.
I think what genuinely intrigued me so much about this interview was the fact that ever since Timothee started gaining more traction and popping up on everyone’s radar more and more, the comparison’s were instant. I don’t know if it was the too good to be true mop of hair, the slightly awkward yet graceful lilt they both have while speaking at interviews, the floral suits that they both seem to wear effortlessly, or the wise-beyond-years, ‘you’re definitely from another universe’ type of poise they both unconsciously hold themselves with that made it happen, but whatever it was had people begging for a union of the two. And i-D made it happen.
As the article mentions, I think the connection between the two that draws people to them as a duo is that they represent this new version of an alternative masculine figure who isn’t so overtly masculine and is 100% okay with that. In the music industry and the film industry, with so many masculine figure heads and power players, whenever one of these type of people pop up as they tend to do every now and then (think Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Cillian Murphy) people tend to pay extra good attention.
Being as young as they are, Harry and Timothee are making waves, and for all the right reasons.
But on to the interview, which you can read HERE.
I mean, they begin their phone call by addressing each other as Mr Chalamet and Mr Styles, so if that doesn’t set the entire tone of the interview, I don’t know what does. First things first, Harry asks incredible questions, and it’s clear he’s taken some time to actually think of some genuine questions to ask. One thing that definitely struck me with the interview, was that it was less like an interview and more of a conversation between two people who’ve entered their respective industries at incredibly young ages. There’s a huge sense of maturity and understanding, way beyond their years, and one can only assume that comes with having to grow up ridiculously fast to keep up with their own lives.
They cover topics like addiction, understandably as it’s the topic of Chalamet’s latest film Beautiful Boy, the intensity required of his character and the impact it left on him after filming was done. They speak about friends and family, the impact their professions have had on those relationships, journaling, pressure to be political, social awareness, social media, Harry’s role in Dunkirk, the concept of masculinity, (which garners one of the best responses I’ve ever read in an interview, ever) and having control over their careers more and more as they’ve developed and grown.
What I found so interesting was that while regular interviewers tend to ask questions within a similar vein of those asked by Styles and in return Chalamet in their conversation of an interview, the depth at which they both take the questions, and the directions they chose to go with it are slightly more direct and in depth than I think we would have gotten had the interview been a regular interview between a journalist and the interviewee.
I think what I’m trying to get to in my ramblings, is that reading the interview was a much needed breath of fresh air. Somehow through the typed, paraphrased I’m sure, interview, you can get a real sense of genuine want to be having the conversation and talking to the other person which I think is rare these days. As lovely as many musicians and actors and producers etc. are, it’s hard to find interviews that don’t have some sense of obligation.
I mean sure, they spoke about Timothee’s recent films and Harry’s music and even his acting career, but it wasn’t in a way that I felt was being promoted towards the reader in an effort to get more attention on those particular topics. Of the entire interview, only maybe only two minutes worth of reading is dedicated to those particular points of interest, and the rest of it is completely in the palm of Harry as the interviewer and Timothee as the more-than-willing interviewee. It’s refreshing to read Chalamet flip the questions on Styles as well, making that sense of conversation rather than interview all the more evident.
I don’t know man, I just really enjoy reading an interview for once.