This is a paparazzi shot of Timothée Chalamet and his girlfriend Lily-Rose Depp that the internet has discovered, transforming it into a meme and ogling at the couple’s intimacy; a private moment transformed into a PDA. For Timothée – a young actor who’s not made a mainstream movie since his breakout in 2017 – it’s an image that exists in tandem with his very specific kind of stardom, one in which the hyper-masculine traits of the male movie star are sidelined in favour of openness, feminism and proud states of vulnerability.
Timothée is a modern-day matinée idol: a 1.75m man, born in 1995, with tousled hair and the sharpest of jawlines. While many other conventionally attractive actors have built a personal brand on their staunch masculinity over the years, beefing up to take on the role of the macho man, Timothée has segued into a different state of being. In 2019, being soft is cooler than being a womanising, hard-edged hero.
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