The actress joked that costar Javier Bardem was a standout dancer at Dune cast parties

By Benjamin VanHoose
February 03, 2021 09:53 AM
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Zendaya has fond memories of making Dune with Timothée Chalamet.

The pair star opposite one another in the upcoming fantasy epic, and Zendaya, 24, said during an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Tuesday that one of her "favorite" memories during production was having fun between takes with Chalamet, 25.

"He's become one of my closest friends, and he is lovely and so talented," she said. "I think my favorite part was when we would have these, like, dance parties in my room, where I would leave the door open, Timothée would come in with his little speaker, and then everybody would start coming in and we'd just start dancing."

Dune also stars Rebecca Ferguson, Jason Momoa, Josh Brolin, Oscar Isaac, Dave Bautista and — Colbert's guess for the best dancer at the cast dance parties — Javier Bardem, 51. "Listen, he peeked in and he was grooving. I was like, 'Okay, Javier!' " recalled Zendaya. "He had the moves. I was very impressed."

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Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya
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To celebrate Zendaya's 24th birthday in September, Chalamet shared a sweet message to her on Twitter.

"Happy birthday to one of the most inspiring people I've met on my short journey," he wrote at the time. "Someone with the strongest ethical character, and a moral compass that is in harmony with a totally fearless creative abandon. Happy birthday @Zendaya, hope your day is beautiful, friend."

Dune — in theaters and on HBO Max later this year — follows Chalamet, Ferguson and Isaac as the royal family of Caladan, traveling through the galaxy to mine Arrakis for the special spice that propels them. Zendaya portrays Chalamet's love interest Chani.