Met his former wife, director-producer Jasmine McGlade, at Harvard University. She was his co-worker on several projects and movies.
Graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Visual and Environmental Studies.
Directed 3 Oscar nominated performances: J.K. Simmons, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. Simmons and Stone won for their performances in his films.
He is the son of Celia (Martin), a writer, and Bernard Chazelle, a computer scientist. His father is French, from Clamart. His mother was born in California, to an English-born, Beverly Hills-raised, father, and a Calgary-born, Canadian mother. Damien's mother was later herself raised in Calgary, before returning to the U.S.
Brother of actress Anna Chazelle.
All of the films he has directed feature a Jazz musician as a protagonist.
His Best Director Oscar win for La La Land (2016) at age 32, made him the youngest recipient of this award category in the Academy's history (26 Feb 2017).
His maternal grandfather, John Sayre Martin, Jr., a professor of English, is the son of John Sayre Martin, who worked for Paramount Pictures in London, and Eileen Earle, who was a stage actress.