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If either Timothée Chalamet, 22, or Saoirse Ronan, 23, wins an Oscar for their performances — his in “Call Me by Your Name” or hers in “Lady Bird” — they would be among the youngest actors ever to do so.“Want to know what I call him? ”Born to Irish parents in the Bronx but raised in Ireland, Ms. Her breakthrough came in the film adaptation of Ian Mc Ewan’s novel “Atonement” when she was 13.

” Saoirse Ronan asked, pointing at Timothée Chalamet, who had just joined us at the table and was shrugging off his coat. Critics were awed by her performance, and she was nominated for an Academy Award for best supporting actress, making her one of the youngest nominees in history.

“Pony,” the actress said, “Because he’ll come up to Greta and me and nuzzle us.”“Greta” is the screenwriter and director Greta Gerwig, making it a high-class stable: All three are nominated for an Oscar at this year’s Academy Awards. Chalamet lowered his head like a baby foal and nestled it gently beneath Ms. In 2015, her portrayal of a homesick Irish girl in the period drama “Brooklyn” won her a second nomination, this time in the best actress category.

She made her Broadway debut the following year in Ivo van Hove’s production of “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller. Ronan won a Golden Globe and was nominated for her third Academy Award, for best actress, in “Lady Bird,” Ms. La Guardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in 2013.

Gerwig’s bittersweet coming-of-age film, in which Ms. Along with roles on the television series “Homeland” and in the films “Men, Women & Children” and “Interstellar,” he starred in the Off Broadway production of John Patrick Shanley’s play “Prodigal Son,” for which he won the Lucille Lortel Award for lead actor in a play. So many kids want to pursue acting and are told no by their parents.

Ronan plays a compellingly eccentric senior at a Catholic girls’ school. Chalamet, 22, also appears in “Lady Bird,” as a very bad boyfriend of Ms. But it is for his heartbreaking turn in Luca Guadagnino’s coming-of-age film “Call Me by Your Name,” about a summer romance between two young men, that Mr. PG You both come from showbiz families: Saoirse’s dad is an actor; Timothée’s mom was a dancer. SR If you handle it right, there’s a way to hold on to innocence. I played at home like a kid, then they brought me to jobs — where they protected me on set, but also let me experience the work fully. But mine always said, “If this is something you want, we will fully support it.” And they did.

The film received five Oscar nominations, including best picture and best director for Ms. Chalamet has won raves, as well numerous nods on the awards circuit, including an Academy Award nomination for best actor. But after I did “Homeland” and “Interstellar,” I was itching to launch my career.

But my mom, who had always been so encouraging, said, “No, go to school, have a backup.” I thought, “Oh no, what do I do now?

”PG Is it awkward that you’ve eclipsed their careers at such a young age?

TC Not at all, but that has nothing to do with what I’m doing in my career and everything to do with the wonderful human beings my parents are.

The only weird part is when you’re 16 or 17, and your work flips the laws of the jungle: You’re required to have a chaperone on set with you, as you should, but it’s a weird dynamic, having your parents sit there while you work.

SR It’s true, even the fact that you’re making money — regardless of how much it is — when you’re a child. Ronan having lunch in New York two days after the Golden Globes (where Ms.