The Changing Faces of Hollywood

The timeless faces of Hollywood, stars like Leonardo DiCaprio are being replaced by a new, younger group of actors, like Timothée Chalamet, who that are taking the movie scene by storm.

Dare Fitzpatrick and Hanna Masri

With the awards season drawing to a close, the public got a look at the up and coming actors of Hollywood. We get to see most of these budding actors grow into more fame.  These new faces are taking over the spotlight from well-known and well-loved actors that we still idolize today, such as Leonardo DiCaprio, who was once a novice in the industry as well.  Comparing them to some of the most admired young actors of today, for example, Timothée Chalamet, we can see similar and different trends between these two generations and the undeniable influence they have over Hollywood,  Chalamet is one of the most “fallen for” and loved actors of his, and our, generation.  Not only are his talents and accomplishments unquestionable, but a considerable number of fans also share a special kind of admiration for him.  “Everyone, regardless of age or gender, has fallen hard for Timothée Chalamet,” said Guy Kelley of The Telegraph in an article dedicated to the actor himself. Chalamet grew up in Manhattan and attended LaGuardia High School, a public performing arts school where he excelled.  He went on to make appearances in smaller movies and shows but made his feature film debut in 2014 in Men, Women, and Children.  He attended Columbia University for only a year due to his acting schedule, and then went on to attend NYU and even designed his own major. In the past few years, Chalamet has risen the Hollywood ranks and starred in several more well-known films such as “Call Me By Your Name” (2017), “Lady Bird” (2017), “Beautiful Boy” (2018), “The King” (2019), and “Little Women” (2019). Many of which have earned him nominations for Golden Globes and Oscars in the Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor categories respectively.  In 2017, Chalamet won the Virtuosos Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival for his performance in the Oscar award-winning “Call Me by Your Name” (2017).  Chalamet has also starred alongside notable seasoned Hollywood veterans such as Armie Hammer, Steve Carrel, Joel Edgarton, and Elle Fanning.  Chalamet is not only taking the awards-world by storm, but he is also winning the hearts of many Laguna students.  Sophomore Paloma McKean is a Chalamet fan, saying “I think that the reason we all love Timothee so much is because of how genuine of a person he is. He’s an amazing actor, but he’s not getting caught up in acting like someone else.” Several upcoming projects are in store for the 24-year-old including Wes Anderson’s “The French Dispatch” (2020) and Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune” (2020) where he stars alongside prominent Hollywood actors Bill Murray and Zendaya.  His rise to fame as a young actor in Hollywood is similar to that of the iconic Leonardo DiCaprio. DiCaprio started his acting career as a child, but his breakthrough came in 1992 with the film “This Boy’s Life” alongside Robert DeNiro.

DiCaprio was involved in several other films throughout the 90s including “Romeo and Juliet” (1996) followed by “Titanic” (1997), both brought lots of recognition and fame to the young actor in his early 20s. People often viewed him as a “teen heartthrob” as he continued to attract a larger audience of fans. Other than contributing greatly to the world of cinema, he created the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation in hopes of preserving wildlife and taking on other environmental issues in 1998.  Since then, he has grown his foundation to deal with all aspects of environmental well-being from animal rights to climate change and building ecosystems, all for the cause of saving all forms of life on Earth, including the Earth itself.  DiCaprio created a successful and inspiring legacy in acting and in environmental activism all before the age of 45. DiCaprio’s young career was much like that of Chalamet’s current one.  How will Chalamet’s career continue to grow? What kinds of movies can we expect from him in the future? And will his legacy of a “teenage heartthrob” follow him throughout his career? As Hollywood evolves along with our ever-changing society, the actors and actresses that grace our screens will change as well.  The television and movie industry will keep on cultivating new talent that will captivate audiences. As these now young, beloved actors and actresses age, they too will be replaced with their younger equals.