What’s fresher than a record-breaking 100% “fresh” score on Rotten Tomatoes? A pair of New York Film Critics Circle acting winners swooning over each other in an exclusive clip from one of the buzziest films of the year, Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird.
The scene finds Saoirse Ronan’s character, Christine — or Lady Bird, as she prefers to be known — approaching Kyle, a laid-back musician played by Timothée Chalamet, as he sips coffee and flips through a copy of Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States.
“Hey, I like your band,” she says, clearly smitten. “I saw your Thanksgiving show. … I’m friends with Jenna, and she’s always talking about how great your band is, so I wanted to check it out.” Though Kyle initially finds their handshake “weird,” a suave grin splashes across his face shortly after.
The awkward exchange is interrupted by Lady Bird’s boss, who tells her he’s not paying her to flirt with his customers. “I wasn’t flirting,” she protests. Without missing a beat, Kyle quips, “I wish you had been.”
The chemistry in the scene isn’t the only magic the on-screen pair have conjured this week. Facing stiff competition at Thursday’s NYFCC Awards from acting veterans like Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour), Daniel Day-Lewis (Phantom Thread), and Meryl Streep (The Post), Ronan and Chalamet emerged victorious with the group’s top acting prizes, for her work in Lady Bird and his in Call Me by Your Name.
Gerwig’s solo directing debut also won the NYFCC’s prize for best film, while the Luca Guadagnino-directed Call Me by Your Name took the equivalent honor at Monday’s Gotham Awards. Both movies are expected to continue their awards season momentum.
Lady Bird and Call Me By Your Name are in theaters now. Watch the Lady Bird clip above.