Chalamet starred in the filmmaker’s critically-acclaimed 2017 movie Call Me by Your Name, so when Cudi was tapped to feature in his coming-of-age limited series, We Are Who We Are, the hip-hop star was sure Guagagnino was simply offering him the job as a favor.
“I can’t believe I got the role,” Cudi marveled to Esquire magazine. “I asked Timmy if he said something to (Luca) or anything to plug me. I thought that was all Timmy when (Luca) hit me up, truthfully.
“(Timmy) was like, ‘No, bro, I was playing your music on set (of Call Me by Your Name) and telling him who you were… No.’ So I was like, ‘Oh, this is f**king ill. Just the universe lining up just right.'”
And Guadagnino insists he wouldn’t have cast Cudi in his show if he didn’t think he was a genuinely good fit: “He’s a great actor. But for me to be on set is to be with people that I worship, that I love, that I want to spend time with, and I felt that energy with him.”
Returning the praise, Cudi, real name Scott Mescudi, said, “He’s the sweetest man. It was always, ‘Scott, my love!'”