Dune: Part Two stars Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya are opening up about the unique experience of sharing intimate moments on screen.
The Call Me By Your Name star and the Euphoria starlet discussed with Entertainment Tonight the discomfort of portraying romantic roles despite their strong existing platonic friendship.
Zendaya, currently in a relationship with Tom Holland of Spider-Man fame, and Timothée, who has been romantically linked with Kylie Jenner recently, shared these thoughts during their film promotion in Mexico.
“It's definitely strange,” Zendaya said of their on-screen kissing.
She added, “I think both of us are just like, ‘All right. This is our job. OK, we're going to do this.’”
The Wonka star elaborated, describing the intimate demonstration as “weird as hell” due to they are “so close, platonically.”
“In the scope of the movie, it's totally what is happening, but I also feel like we are so tight now that it really is just like another day at work,” Timothée added.
The Little Women actor quipped, “I don't know what that says about the nature of our jobs, but it's just another day of work.”
Zendaya credited the film's director and co-writer Denis Villeneuve for helping them navigate the difficult terrain and balancing their more intimate scenes with the grand sweep of the Dune's plot, rather than simply tacking on a love story.
“In this specific love story, I think we're so grateful to have Denis at the helm of this very special thing,” she said.
The Spider-Man starlet continued 'He always found a way to somehow — amongst all of the epicness that is the Dune universe — find a way to carve out a very sentimental, beautiful love story that is, I feel, in many respects, earned.'
“It was definitely something we were trying to understand, because you can't be like, ‘What's up, shawty?’” Zendaya jested about Dune.
“I think we've built a lot just within brief glances, with whatever they're holding inside,” adding, “[It may be] a brief moment between us, but so much can be said”
In Dune: Part Two, Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya will be joined by fresh faces, including Austin Butler, cast as the ruthless Harkonnen heir Feyd-Rautha, and Florence Pugh, portraying Princess Irulan, daughter of the galactic emperor. Princess Irulan will enter a strategic marriage with Paul, the protagonist.