“I mean, I’m not their mom”: Timothée Chalamet Regrets Saying No to Greta Gerwig, Visited Margot Robbie’s ‘Barbie’ Set After a Big Career Blunder

"I mean, I'm not their mom": Timothée Chalamet Regrets Saying No to Greta Gerwig, Visited Margot Robbie's 'Barbie' Set After a Big Career Blunder
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Greta Gerwig’s Barbie became a revolutionary movie after its release in 2023. Having numerous cameos throughout the movie, Timothée Chalamet was also considered to give a cameo in the Ryan Gosling starrer.


Well, due to unfortunate circumstances, Chalamet couldn’t appear in the role which led to Greta Gerwig comparing herself to Chalamet’s mother. Feeling like a mother creating a movie without her children, the director lamented that Timothée Chalamet couldn’t join Barbie.

Timothée Chalamet in Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird (2017).
Timothée Chalamet in Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird (2017).

Greta Gerwig Felt Bereft of Her Children While Making Barbie

Having created several movies together, director Greta Gerwig and Timothée Chalamet have made a great bond over their years in Hollywood. Starring in Gerwig’s 2017 movie titled Lady Bird, the director wanted Timothée Chalamet to make a cameo in her magnum opus that is Barbie.

Ryan Gosling and Margot Robbie in Barbie
Ryan Gosling and Margot Robbie in Barbie

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The chance to portray the role of one of the Kens was offered to the Call Me by Your Name actor but he had scheduling conflicts in his way. The actor even appeared on the sets of Barbie in London to meet the director but he couldn’t work on the project. Alongside Chalamet, Saoirse Ronan was also in talks for a cameo but she too was busy with her personal project. In an interview, the director revealed how she felt creating the movie without Timothée Chalamet and Saoirse Ronan.

“I tried to get them both in it. They [Chalamet and Saoirse Ronan] both couldn’t do it. I know! Why aren’t you in this?”

Chalemet resonated with these words and regretted that he wasn’t a part of the movie by saying “I should have been in this”. Gerwig gave an analogy wherein she compared herself to their mother.


“It felt like doing something without my children. I mean, I’m not their mom, but I sort of feel like their mom.

Timothée Chalamet and Saoirse Ronan’s cameo would have benefitted the movie greatly but it’s not like Greta Gerwig needed them to create history.

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Greta Gerwig Became The Highest-Grossing Female Director

Greta Gerwig
Greta Gerwig

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Barbie has broken numerous records in terms of financial gain. The 2023 movie has also helped its female director reach numerous heights with Greta Gerwig finding fame around the world. As per the reports, Gerwig became the first solo female filmmaker with a movie that crossed the $1 billion mark!

The movie is also the world’s highest-grossing live-action film directed by a woman with Barbie earning $537 million domestically. The film currently stands at a global box collection of $1.198 billion, Barbie has been met with an overwhelmingly positive response from around the world. The movie is currently screening in theaters across the world.

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Written by Visarg Acharya

Articles Published: 2013

Visarg Acharya, Associate Content Writer, has been heavily involved in movies, series, and history. Having an experience of 2 years in the field of content writing, Visarg is a seasoned writer. Having a degree in Physics, Visarg Acharya has published a dissertation alongside a plethora of poems and short stories along the way.