10.15.12

“As an actor, you approach the characters from what the script tells you. You don’t think about, Well, what do I look like compared to what she looks like?” says Jessica Chastain of preparing to play the title character in her first Broadway production, The Heiress, a 1947 play based on Henry James’s Washington Square, now being revived at the Walter Kerr Theater. Nevertheless, Chastain’s process involved a physical transformation that began during the first week of rehearsals when she “kind of tortured” the costume crew into providing her with period clothing and a wig—and later came a nose prosthetic. “I’m a jeans girl, but a blue-jeans way of moving is very different from wearing petticoats, so from day one, I was wearing the shoes, the skirt, the corset. I never really left the rehearsal room.” Chastain laughs. “It took so long to put everything on every day, it’s like, Well, I’ll just bring my lunch and eat it here.” [Read More]

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