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Frank Ocean interviews Call Me By Your Name’s Timothée Chalamet, praises Oscar nominee’s performance


FilmMagic/FilmMagic for Bonnaroo Arts And Music Festival via Getty ImagesFrank Ocean became a popular topic of discussion via Twitter on Tuesday, thanks to his VMan magazine interview with Call Me By Your Name star Timothée Chalamet

Timothée portrays a 17-year-old named Elio who falls in love with a 24-year-old doctoral student named Oliver. 

Frank, who sits in the interviewer’s seat, asks the 22-year-old Oscar nominee what it was like growing up in New York and how to pronounce his first name (“Timo-tay”), but more importantly, shares his thoughts about Call Me By Your Name, the novel that inspired the film and Timothée’s heart-wrenching role.  

“I just finished Call Me By Your Name, the novel, yesterday, for more insight before we talked. It’s a really special role and an opportune, appropriate time right now in popular culture,” says Frank. 

He continues to praise Timothée for his acting work in the movie, adding, “I think it’s also good for you that this is your opening song. It’s such a proper foundation, to do roles like these that have so much heart and vulnerability in the very beginning, completely boutique or small, but on the lips of so many.” 

“Congratulations for the work and its effect and how it’s made people feel; it’s tremendous.” 

As previously noted, Frank commended actor Michael Stuhlbarg via Tumblr. 

Michael stars in Call Me By Your Name as Elio’s dad, who gives a stirring monologue that reveals his acceptance of his son’s sexuality in the movie.

In 2012, Frank wrote an open letter on Tumblr that detailed his first love at age 19 with another man. He said, “It changed my life…He wouldn’t tell me the truth about his feelings for me for another three years. I couldn’t imagine keeping up my life without him.”  

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