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He can be seen in two new films this week. But it’s the charm of Timothee Chalamet that is catnip for millions

There has been a bit of a stir on the gravel in Lyme Regis this month. There was a young actor named Timothee Chalamet in town, and the local women went around the book club like a sourdough starter.

Witnesses reported a bunch of ladies jostling for a position on the wharf to snap a photo of the wispy thesp, who takes on the role of young Willy Wonka, currently being filmed on the Dorset coast.

“We’re here for our daughters,” they protested, though I doubt anyone actually asked. “They’re in school and they would never forgive us if we didn’t have a picture.”

For their daughters? Absolutely rotten. Those women were there for themselves. I can imagine there was some squeaking and cheering going on, as this 25-year-old, for whom the word “brood” seems to have been renamed, had a depth that no HRT patch has ever reached.

Julia Lawrence explores the charm of Timothee Chalamet, 25, after drawing a bunch of ladies of a certain age to the Dorset coast during filming.  Pictured: Glenn Close and Timothee Chalamet

Julia Lawrence explores the charm of Timothee Chalamet, 25, after drawing a bunch of ladies of a certain age to the Dorset coast during filming. Pictured: Glenn Close and Timothee Chalamet

We all love him, you see – and when I say ‘we’ I mean ladies of a certain age. And if you haven’t discovered it yet, my sisters, this is my gift to you.

Even the name of the American-French actor is delicious – give it a try. Timothy. . . linger on each syllable. It purrs, it smolders through the smoke of Gauloises cigarettes in a cafe on the Seine. He grabs your coat, pulls your chair forward and calls you “cherie.”

Last week, he worked his magic on the red carpet to promote the massive sci-fi blockbuster Dune, which came out last Thursday.

Meanwhile, indie movie buffs can see him in the new Wes Anderson movie, The French Dispatch, in which he plays a college revolutionary who has a brief romance with a journalist played by 64-year-old Oscar winner Frances McDormand. And I’m not the only one to fall prey to its charms; For several years now, Timothee has been charmed by Hollywood’s finest – women who, with a little imagination, could be his grandmother.

Glenn Close, Meryl Streep and Laura Dern were among the first to hang out with him (aged 74, 72, and 52, respectively). Glenn Close was seen hanging out with him at the 2019 BAFTAs, earning them the nickname ‘Glennothee’.

He has been seen watching basketball with his Little Women co-star Laura. And Meryl Streep apparently clings to him on the A-list ‘dos’ and parades around with him, introducing him to people as a proud Nanna.

Julia said that on screen Timothee has the presence of James Dean or a young Marlon Brando - full lips, disheveled auburn hair, Bambi eyes and fiery limbs.  Pictured: Tilda Swinton and Timothee

Julia said that on screen Timothee has the presence of James Dean or a young Marlon Brando - full lips, disheveled auburn hair, Bambi eyes and fiery limbs.  Pictured: Tilda Swinton and Timothee

Julia said Timothee has the screen presence of James Dean or a young Marlon Brando – full lips, disheveled auburn hair, Bambi eyes and fiery limbs. Pictured: Tilda Swinton and Timothee

Oh, I’m not crazy here. I know there was mutual professional benefit to be had for both sides by pairing up like this: the new hot young thing and the aging Hollywood Titan grabbing the spotlight on either end of the tail. But they seem utterly delighted with him. Not beaten, exactly. . . no that wouldn’t be right. They are enchanted.

So what’s wrong with him? He has the screen presence of James Dean or a young Marlon Brando – full lips, disheveled auburn hair, Bambi eyes and fiery limbs. He’s bilingual, multi-talented and, oh, he can act. My goodness, he can act.

Like most people, I happened upon him in the ravishingly beautiful, romantic and erotic film Call Me By Your Name in 2017, for which he was nominated for an Oscar at the age of 22. He played opposite Armie Hammer, as a boy falling in love for the first time.

In fact, it’s safe to say that the movie thrilled everyone in my family that night (we watched it together – awkward, yes I know; I hadn’t read the book).

Julia said women of a certain age would cook Timothee Sunday lunch, “fatten him up a bit,” and send him home with a Tupperware homemade banana bread. In the photo: Timothee and Margot Robbie

My 24-year-old daughter saw a cool, hip young thing with 14.1 million Instagram followers. My 21 year old son loved the music, loved his clothes. My husband fell in love with Italy, while I fell in love with Timothee.

Its appeal goes way beyond Tom Hiddleston’s Sunday night ‘phwooarrr’ in The Night Manager and all that meat in War And Peace. With Tim it’s different, we love him because we can’t have him.

We want to cook him a nice Sunday lunch, “fatten him up a bit,” and send him home with a Tupperware homemade banana bread. We want to be next to him in a wedding photo and introduce him to everyone as ‘my beautiful son-in-law’.

His role in Little Women, in which he played the romantic Laurie, sealed it completely for me. When I saw him begging for Jo’s hand in marriage, I wanted to rush in and shake her up!

I read that Little Women director Greta Gerwig (age 38) brags that she and “her boyfriend Timmy,” as she calls him, can talk on the phone for “an hour or more without realizing it.”

Julia said women of a certain age like to imagine Timothee (pictured in the new Willy Wonka movie) as their “beautiful son-in-law”

Have you tried talking to a 20-something on the phone? In my experience it goes something like this:

‘Everything good?’

‘Yes.’

‘What have you done?’

‘This and that.’

‘Have you eaten yet?’

‘New. Sorry mom, it’s not a good time, can I call you later?’

Click.

Oh, Timothee, my dear Timothee. Please call.

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