Ever since Zendaya and Timothée Chalamet were cast in the sci-fi movie Dune in 2019, fans were obsessed with the possibility of them becoming friends. Despite the fact that they initially sparked romance rumors after working together, the pair has proved that they’re nothing more than besties.
After filming concluded, Zendaya and Timothée were spotted out together by a few lucky fans in New York City, and immediately, romance rumors started swirling. Since then, the former Disney Channel star and Lady Bird actor have shut down relationship rumors. In fact, they reflected on their friendship and working together during Zendaya’s December/January 2021 Elle Magazine cover story. The two looked back on the “dance parties” that the Shake it Up alum hosted in her room and recalled their favorite parts about filming.
“I had a great fricking time. I felt like such a badass, just wearing that suit and walking around on these beautiful rock formations,” Zendaya gushed. “It felt cool and so exciting to be part of the magic.”
In September 2021, they made some magic of their own on the Venice Film Festival red carpet.
“It’s been such a beautiful experience out here. We keep trying to remind each other to take in the moment, look around and feel this because this is such a special time,” Zendaya told Access at the time. “There’s so much love already.”
The former Disney Channel star even gushed over her costar’s fashion sense.
“I mean, you can wear anything. He’s, like, the cool guy. Boom,” Zendaya gushed in the same interview. “What do you want? Glasses on the carpet? Boom. What do you want? Sparkle? Do you want floral? Do you want color? Whatever you want. What ever you need. Got it. Boom.”
Timothée, for his part, referred to Zendaya as “No. 1 in the world” when it comes to fashion.
“I was the only other person closer to his age on the cast. So he was like, ‘Awesome, someone who understands my jokes!’ … He’s obviously a very talented actor, but just a wonderful person and a good friend to have,” Zendaya told British Vogue in September 2021. “Especially in this industry, it’s nice to have other people who are going through it too and that you can talk to.”
To celebrate this iconic best friend duo, J-14 is breaking down the entire thing from the beginning. Scroll through our gallery for a complete timeline of Zendaya and Timothée’s friendship, including the romance rumors and all the times they’ve gushed over each other.
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