In a newly published interview with Daniel Riley for GQ, the widely acclaimed 27-year-old actor compared the experience of shooting the sequel with that of Part One, notably highlighting that on the latter he was largely working with older actors and thus felt “without peers” during the production. In the words of director Denis Villeneuve, Chalamet was "a little puppy with big dogs."
“It was so incredibly valuable to spend so much time with Zendaya and her assistant, Darnell, and when Tom [Holland] would come to set too,” Chalamet told GQ in the new cover story. “They’re level. They’re good Hollywood. They’re good-energy Hollywood. And then Austin and Florence. I feel like I’m creating a community for myself of people who care about the right things.”
Elaborating further on Zendaya specifically, Chalamet noted how “mega-inspiring” it is to see how she’s navigated her career.
“Look at Zendaya,” he said. “Just how much she’s able to achieve while also sort of letting everything roll off her back is mega-inspiring. She’s just doing.”
While Dune: Part Two is still months away, fans will soon get to see Chalamet in Paul King’s Wonka. The musical, which focuses on the early days of its title character (played by Chalamet), is set for a theatrical rollout here in the U.S. on Dec. 15.