7:30am PT by Chris Gardner
Greta Gerwig Coached Timothee Chalamet on How to Handle Woody Allen
It's been a busy awards season for Greta Gerwig and Timothee Chalamet. Gerwig, thanks to her critical and commercial darling of a directorial debut Lady Bird, and Chalamet for his star turn in Luca Guadagnino's Call Me by Your Name. But there are more ties that bind between these two newly minted Oscar nominees.
In addition to a supporting role in Lady Bird, Chalamet sought out his director friend for advice on how to address his collaboration with Woody Allen on the upcoming A Rainy Day in New York. Spotted in an intense conversation that lasted close to 10 minutes near the restrooms at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Jan. 13, a source tells The Hollywood Reporter that the subject of their discussion was their respective work with Allen.
In the wake of the #MeToo movement, actors who have worked with Allen have been facing intense scrutiny on social media and from journalists. In an online conversation published days earlier on Jan. 9 in The New York Times, Gerwig addressed her work with Allen on 2012's To Rome With Love. "It is something that I take very seriously and have been thinking deeply about, and it has taken me time to gather my thoughts and say what I mean to say. I can only speak for myself and what I’ve come to is this: If I had known then what I know now, I would not have acted in the film. I have not worked for him again, and I will not work for him again," she said.
Chalamet has faced many questions about his work with Allen — both on Twitter from fans and in the real world from journalists — but had yet to come forward with a formal position. The source said their long chat was specifically about how to address it, and just two days later, Chalamet used Instagram to announce that while due to contractual obligations he could not answer directly, he has decided to donate his salary from the film to Time's Up, the LGBT Center in New York and RAINN. "I want to be worthy of standing shoulder to shoulder with the brave artists who are fighting for all people to be treated with the respect and dignity they deserve."
Reps for both did not return requests for comment from THR.
A version of this story first appeared in the Jan. 25 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.