Timothée Chalamet finds it “difficult to be alive” in the era of social networks.
The 26-year-old actor hates feeling “intensely judged” by online platforms and has even hinted that the sites could lead to “societal collapse”.
Speaking at the Venice Film Festival, Timothee said: “To be young now, and to be young at all times – I can only speak for my generation – is to be intensely judged.
“And it was a relief to play characters struggling with an internal dilemma without the ability to go to Reddit or Twitter, Instagram or TikTok and figure out where they fit in.”
Timothee has opened up about his distaste for social media while promoting his latest movie ‘Bones and All,’ which is set in the 1980s and sees him and Taylor Russell as cannibal lovers during a a trip across the United States.
The ‘Dune’ star said: “Without judging it, you can find your tribe here, but I think it’s hard to be alive now.
“I think social breakdown is in the air – or it smells good – and, without being pretentious, that’s why I hope films matter, because that’s the role of the artist… to shed light on what is going on.”
Timothee became one of Hollywood’s most in-demand stars after dropping out of college to pursue his film career and his success surprised his mother Nicole Flender.
She said: “He took the semesters because he got a professional job. And then he worked non-stop, ‘Call Me by Your Name’, ‘Lady Bird’, ‘Hostiles’. I still have it encouraged to pursue his passion and his dreams, however, I did not want him to leave Columbia.
“I had gone to Yale and thought college would help him be a complete individual. But we didn’t know he was going to be Timothee Chalamet.”