Among the famous alumni of the LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts — the “Fame” school — on the Upper West Side are actors Jennifer Aniston, Sarah Paulson and Adrien Brody, as well as musicians Nicki Minaj and Kelis. But one celeb grad who almost wasn’t? Timothée Chalamet.
The native New Yorker was initially rejected by the competitive school. Fortunately, one person had his back.
“He was extraordinarily gifted,” Harry Shifman told The Post. The drama teacher, who worked at the school for almost three decades before recently retiring, gave the then-13-year-old the highest score he ever doled out in an acting audition. So he was incensed when Chalamet was passed over during the interview — which could have been because of something as minor as tardiness.
“I found it outrageous that someone so brilliant could fall through the cracks,” said Shifman, who would go on to be Chalamet’s mentor. “I’m grateful the principal was open to my demands and tantrums [to get Chalamet accepted]. I’m sure she realizes now she made the right decision. Timothée was destined to be an actor.”
Hollywood agrees. When Oscar nominations are announced Tuesday, Chalamet’s name may well be called for his role in “Beautiful Boy.”