Timothée Chalamet told us about the filming and shared his impressions of working with other famous actors on the set.

Timothée Chalamet / Photo: Associated Press

What did you think when you first read the script for Wonka?

I thought, "Oh, how wonderful it is that in this origin story of Willy Wonka, he is full of hope and joy." I didn't have the music for the song "Full Hat of Dreams", which is the first in the film, but I saw the lyrics. He tells how Willy loses all the sovereigns, the local money, when he arrives in a new city. However, he concludes each of his thoughts with the words: "There are fewer and fewer sovereigns, and dreams are full of hats." And you immediately feel the optimistic attitude of the character, which nothing can break. I thought, "Oh, that's very smart... To tell the story of how the young chocolatier became the Willy Wonka we know today."

Timothée Chalamet / Photo: Associated Press

What were your first meetings with the film's director, Paul King?

Paul and I met a few years ago on another project that never happened, and I never got the chance to work with Paul. He's a really great director with a great sense of humor. He has a unique outlook, not only in life, but also in his films. They have this unpretentious style and nevertheless give a sense of magic that few people manage to achieve in films.

Actors of the movie "Wonka" / Photo: Associated Press

You said it was probably one of the most physically demanding roles you've played so far. How did you prepare for vocals and dances?

During my vocal training, I worked intensively with James Taylor, who was the film's musical director, and with Eric Vetro, a vocal coach who is considered legendary in preparing actors for musical projects. I worked a lot with the film's choreographer, Chris Hatelli. Dance and vocal rehearsals, and sometimes Zoom lessons from Monday to Friday, from nine to five, during the three months preceding the filming.

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Wow. Well, let's start talking about this amazing cast that surrounds you. Who is Nudl and what does Kala Lane bring to this role?

Nudl is an orphan in the laundromat that Willy finds himself in. She is beautifully played by Kala Lane, who did an incredible job in the film. Well, she suffers from the fact that her life is not what she hoped for... But at the same time, she is wise beyond her years because of the circumstances in which she finds herself.

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Kala Lane and Timothée Chalamet / Photo: Associated Press

Yes, she is adorable. And then there's the gorgeous Olivia Colman. What's it like when she bullies you?

Olivia Colman played perfectly in the film and completely surrendered herself to its tone and evil, which she embodied in the image of her heroine, Mrs. Pralkins. Watching her was very rewarding for me when I was playing Wonka because I realized that we were telling a story with a certain style. Olivia Colman is one of my all-time favorite actresses to work in the last few years, and she has an incredible energy. It is a pleasure to work with her.

Olivia Colman and Timothée Chalamet / Photo: Associated Press

The film features the incredible Hugh Grant as Oompa-Loompa. Despite being a creation of computer graphics, it is said that you worked on the set together. What was it like to create these scenes?

It was a real pleasure. Hugh Grant is a legend of cinema, and he incredibly played the character of the Oompa-Loompa. I didn't get to work with him as much as I would have liked because he could play the scene brilliantly right away. But he's just an incredible person, an extremely talented actor with a good sense of humor.

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Timothée Chalamet and Hugh Grant / Photo: Associated Press

One of the most anticipated elements of this film is the world it creates. Amazing direction and costumes. What was it like to live in this world during the filming of the film?

Basically, we didn't shoot a single green screen scene. Everything was practically built and it's amazing. Every day, when I got on set and then on set in London, where I had never acted before, it was as if I was in this magical world that Paul King created and led by David Gaiman, known as the creator of Harry Potter, Barbie and other films that have very bright palettes, sets and feels. So, it was one of those incredibly charming playgrounds to walk around. Every playground you went to offered something new. Production designer Nathan Crowley, who worked on Interstellar, did a fantastic job.

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Hugh Grant, Timothée Chalamet, Olivia Colman, Rowan Atkinson / Photo: Associated Press

Yes, it's all very beautiful. And finally, what awaits the audience in the movie "Wonka"?

"Wonka" is just a great movie. It is full of hope, colorful, family-oriented, fun. And this is not the well-known Wonka from the movies. This is the still unrealized, but more optimistic, naïve and ambitious Wonka.