You may have noticed a cute mother-son duo at the Oscars last night — Timothée Chalamet, a best actor nominee for his role in Call Me By Your Name, and his mom, Nicole Flender.
Turns out, Flender is an established agent with the Corcoran Group at the brokerage’s Westside office in New York, and she thoroughly enjoyed attending not one but two after-awards parties last night — the Governor’s Ball and the Vanity Fair Oscars party, she told Inman this morning.
It’s not surprising that her son has an affinity and talent for the arts. Both Chalamet and Fender attended LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and the Performing Arts, known to most as the “Fame School,” and before she went into real estate, Flender was a dancer, performing in Broadway musicals, she said.
Flender, who is currently staying with family in Los Angeles, said that her theater background has lent itself well to her real estate career. And the fact that she works in real estate came up in conversation last night at the parties.
“If people want my card, I always have a few,” she said.
Did she think she got any business on Oscar night? Flender showed her experience in the way leads work and was discreet about who she rubbed shoulders with.
“You never know where you are going to get (leads from). You talk to people and six months later, you get a call. I try to be as helpful and knowledgeable as I can. Everybody loves talking about real estate. You just don’t know where the next phone call will come from,” she said.
Flender said she is hoping one of her best clients at some point might be her 22-year-old son, who she said was a proud New Yorker — Chalamet has two grandparents from the Bronx and two from France. New York is becoming a place where many stars want to have a residence.
“At almost every block, there’s a movie or a TV series being filmed in New York. It’s a good place to be for actors now,” said Flender, especially for actors who want to be on Broadway or off-Broadway, she said.
Not one to let the Oscars get in the way of her busy New York business, the proud Mom said she was about to do some work this morning, despite planning on spending a few more days in L.A. and Santa Barbara visiting family and friends.
“One thing you can say about real estate is that it never ends. I’m talking to another broker, and I have an offer in less than half an hour,” she said.