“Intimidation. Aggression”: Timothée Chalamet Refuses To Go Easy on Zendaya, Reveals Her True Nature While Filming ‘Dune: Part Two’

Timothée Chalamet exposes Zendaya's true self during Dune filming!

“Intimidation. Aggression”: Timothée Chalamet Refuses To Go Easy on Zendaya, Reveals Her True Nature While Filming ‘Dune: Part Two’


  • Even though they play lovers on screen, Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya have a brother-sister-like connection in real life.
  • In 2022, the Call Me by Your Name star called Zendaya his "sister," showing how their friendship had turned into a sibling bond.
  • During the filming of Dune: Part II, he revealed the true nature of the 27-year-old actress.
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The release of Dune: Part II is just around the corner, and people are really excited to see the main leads in the movie. Timothée Chalamet acts as Paul Atreides, while Zendaya plays the Fremen wife and legal concubine of Paul Atreides—the protagonist.

Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya in Dune 2
Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya in Dune 2

Despite portraying lovers on screen, Chalamet and Zendaya share a sibling-like bond in real life. The Call Me by Your Name star referred to Zendaya as his “sister” in 2022, revealing that their friendship had evolved into a sibling relationship. During the filming of Dune: Part II, he disclosed the 27 year-old actress’ true nature.

Timothée Chalamet Discloses Zendaya’s True Onset Nature

Timothee and Zendaya in Dune
Timothée and Zendaya in Dune

Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya continue to have fun together even when the cameras aren’t rolling. The behind-the-scenes video on the official Dune Instagram account (@dunemovie) shows the friendship they’ve built on set.


In the video, the American-French actor is seen saying,

“Everyone knows me, and Timothée are besties. It’s important to have someone that you can laugh with.”

With a grin, Chalamet jokingly talks about how the Spider-Man: Homecoming actress “keeps [him] humble” with “3 tactics: intimidation, aggression…” Before he can finish, Zendaya snatches the camera away, and they both burst into laughter.

Obviously they’re both pulling each other’s legs. It’s evident that they had a great time on the set of Dune: Part Two.


Zendaya Opens Up About Awkward Dune 2 Romance

Zendaya talks about why it felt awkward doing romantic scenes with Timothée Chalamet in Dune 2. Her character, Chani, was a mysterious member of the desert-dwelling Fremen tribe in Denis Villeneuve‘s Dune: Part One, playing a small role in the larger story.

Zendaya and Timothée Chalamet in Dune 2

In the sequel Dune: Part Two, Chani will have a bigger part as her destiny gets more connected with Paul Atreides. The sequel will, of course, feature all the elements expected of an epic space opera, but the film will also have time for romance as Paul and Chani begin on a sci-fi love story.

The Oakland found it difficult to play the romantic part in Dune because of the story’s strange setting. Speaking to EW, she talked about how hard it was to understand how romance would work on a planet like Arrakis, with characters like Chani and Paul. She said: 


“It was funny trying to figure out in this futuristic space talk, like, how do they flirt? What does that look like for a space warrior and the young duke of a planet? How do they show that they like each other? What does that even sound like? We were definitely trying to navigate that, which was funny because all of us were stumped. I think it’s just as foreign to us as it probably is to the characters. … I was like, does Chani get awkward? Does that happen to her? Does she know what that feels like?”

So, it’s definite that fans will get to see more of Chalamet and Zendaya in Dune: Part Two.

Dune: Part Two is set to release in theatres on March 1, 2024.


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