We're living in the golden age of fandom, where social media has allowed stans to interact with their idols on a daily basis. Whether you're a barb, lamb, belieber, or registered bardi gang member, you're probably @-ing somebody. On Stan Stories, we meet the internet's most dedicated followers and delve deep into their obsessions.
Derek (he's known by the mononym) is the quiet king of Timothée Chalamet Twitter. The 17-year-old has been following and tweeting at the French-American actor since early 2017, just before Call Me By Your Name broke, and wishes him a good morning and night most days. Chalamet occasionally replies, but Derek's tweets mostly go unanswered, except by his fellow dedicated fans. There's a certain beauty in it.
What makes Derek's love for Chalamet even more pure is that he's stuck with the actor even post-Call Me By Your Name hype. We were all fair weather Chalamet fans over that one hot Italian summer, citing his chiseled features and unruly brown curls and European demeanor as reasons to crush. But Derek is in this for the long haul. He's also a huge cinephile, and seems genuinely interested in Chalamet's acting abilities, alongside those classic good looks.
PAPER DM-d him to find out more about life as a Chalamet lover.
PAPER: Hi Derek. When did you first become interested in Timothée Chalamet?
I started becoming a fan of him in like mid 2017? Like at the end or middle of May 2017. And then I changed my username and layouts to him over that summer! But I had seen him in movies before, I just didn't know it was him!
Is Call Me By Your Name your favorite thing he's done so far?
That, Lady Bird, and Miss Stevens!
I've never seen Miss Stevens.
It's basically about a teacher, played by Lily Rabe, and they go to a high school drama competition. And he's really really good in it! [Note: Turns out the 2016 movie also stars a pre-Riverdale Lili Reinhart!]
How much of your day do you spend thinking about Timothée Chalamet?
Like half! Just wondering what he's going to do next, and who it would be cool to see him work with...
Take me back to the moment when Timothée first replied to you on Twitter. How did it feel?
It was really wild! I didn't expect it. I set my phone down to charge it, and I went to pick it up, and I had all these messages popping up saying "OH MY GOD DEREK!" And I went to check what happened and was like, oh my God.
Do you talk to friends IRL about Timothée?
None IRL! Mainly just online. I'll talk about actors/actresses/directors with IRL people, and be like, "Oh I like them!", but not go into detail.
So no one knows you run a Chalamet fan twitter with 12k followers?
No, it's a secret for now.
jesus christ all timothée chalamet stans except for derek are annoying