Timothee Chalamet finds it hard to “stay alive” in the age of social media.
The 26-year-old actor hates feeling “intensely judged” by online platforms and even suggested the sites could lead to “social collapse”.
Speaking at the Venice Film Festival, Timothee said: “To be young now and to be young always – I can only speak for my generation – is to be judged intensely.
“And it was a relief to play characters who are struggling with an internal dilemma without the ability to go on Reddit or Twitter or Instagram or TikTok and figure out where they fit in.”
Timothee opened up about his hatred of social media while promoting his latest film ‘Bones and All’, which is set in the 1980s and sees him and Taylor Russell as cannibalistic lovers on a road trip across America.
The ‘Dune’ star said: “Without passing judgment on it, you can find your tribe here, but I think it’s hard to be alive now.
“I think social collapse is in the air – or smells like it – and, without being pretentious, that’s hopefully why movies are important, because that’s the role of the artist… to illuminate what’s going on.”
Timothee has become one of Hollywood’s most in-demand stars after dropping out of college to pursue a film career and his success has surprised his mother Nicole Flender.
She said: “He took semesters off because he had a professional job. And then he worked non-stop, ‘Call Me by Your Name,’ ‘Lady Bird,’ ‘Hostiles.’ I always encouraged him to pursue his passion and her dreams, but she didn’t want him to leave Columbia.
“He had gone to Yale, and I felt that college would help him become a well-rounded person. But we didn’t know he would become Timothee Chalamet.”