Timothée Chalamet—a 22-year-old American actor with a very French name—made his breakthrough this year not in big-budget blockbusters, but in a pair of critically acclaimed indie films. In Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird, he plays Kyle Scheible, a musician love interest to the title character played by Saoirse Ronan. More notably, he also plays Elio Perlman, the lead character in Luca Guadagnino's gay romance Call Me By Your Name. The character of Elio is an American teenager, living with his parents in Italy, where he has a relationship with an older student of his father's, played by Armie Hammer. Chalamet has been nominated for multiple acting awards for the part, including a SAG Award, a Critics' Choice Movie Award, and a Golden Globe.
Prior to 2017, Chalamet was a cast member on Showtime's Homeland and appeared in films including Men, Women & Children, Interstellar, and also The Adderall Diaries, in which he played a younger version of James Franco's character. Following his memorable appearance in Lady Bird and triumphant performance in Call Me By Your Name, however, Chalamet's career is likely to be kicked into high gear in 2018. Already on his slate are the drama Beautiful Boy, in which he and Steve Carell play father and son, and A Rainy Day in New York, a Woody Allen film with Selena Gomez and Elle Fanning.