Our gallery was updated with the beautiful photoshoot Jessica did to Angeleno magazine (which scans I published here). Enjoy it!
The actress on her role as a feisty warrior in ‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War,’ her recent string of dark movies and the wage gap between men and women
Actress Jessica Chastain says people often ask her if she looks for strong female characters to play. In her view, she’s just playing real women. “I want to play a character who’s in charge of her own destiny, and while some people might describe that as strong, I just describe that as normal,” she says.
Ms. Chastain, 39, has become known for her roles in “The Help” (2011), “Zero Dark Thirty” (2012) and “Interstellar” (2014). Her latest is a starring role as a warrior who battles an evil queen in “The Huntsman: Winter’s War,” a sequel to the 2012 film “Snow White and the Huntsman.”
Her last few films have dealt with somber subjects, including “A Most Violent Year” (2014), about New York’s 1981 crime wave. So Ms. Chastain decided that it was time for a more lighthearted role. “I had just done a string of very dark characters, and I was feeling very down,” she says. “I was like: I need to get a comedy. I need to get something just really silly and fun.”
“The Huntsman” isn’t exactly a comedy. Still, when the Australian actor Chris Hemsworth, who plays the title character, gave her the script to consider, the warrior’s feisty side piqued her interest. She also liked the fact that the warrior and the huntsman, who fight alongside each other and become romantically involved, treat each other as equals. In romantic relationships, she says, “You don’t want one person to be the one making all the decisions and the other to follow. You want to be a partner.”
She’s one of Hollywood’s most talented and versatile actresses. And yet Jessica Chastain has revealed she has personally been the victim of sexism in Hollywood and has sometimes felt like a ‘sexual object’ as the only woman on set.
The 39-year-old star gave a frank interview in the pages of NET-A-PORTER’s new Summer edition, posing with a baby kangaroo in the accompanying high fashion shoot.
Discussing her passion for gender equality, Jessica said: ‘When you have both genders represented, then you have a healthier point of view. ‘You don’t feel a hierarchy; you don’t have anyone feeling like they are being left out or bullied or humiliated. Sometimes, being the only girl on a set, you can feel like a sexual object.’
Jessica also opened up about her desire to retain a sense of normalcy despite her fame, with her illustrious career spawning countless awards including a Golden Globe and a SAG Award.
‘I’ve never dated anyone famous. I had time before this happened to really watch the industry’, she said.
The NET-A-PORTER Summer issue exudes the season’s eclectic and free-spirited nature, inviting color, embellishment and print onto the pages and into daily life.
To see the full interview with Jessica Chastain, buy the latest issue of PORTER, on sale globally on Friday April 1.
Also available as a digital edition or go to www.portersubscription.com/portersub.
The Summer issue of Porter Magazine with Jessica Chastain shot by Ryan McGinley on the cover will hit newsstands on April 01st.
The gallery was updated with additional photos from the Flaunt photoshoot Jessica did to their April issue.
I admit a secret of my own as I ready myself to enter Jessica Chastain’s car for our on-the-road interview following her photoshoot: I have a large rip in the crotch of my pants and don’t want to flash her, to which she politely and without pause or judgment turns away while I slide into place.
Eager shoppers strut through the SoHo streets, a chic neighborhood that once accommodated poor New York artists, a place in which they could afford to make work. In passing by an old brick building or a former warehouse, one is reminded that the city’s artistry may have shifted, but has never stopped.
In contrast to my obvious lack of grace, Chastain speaks to me in an alluring and formidable Mid-Atlantic accent (a product of her years at Juilliard). Like the characters she plays, she speaks with an empathetic friendliness and intimacy: “I’m very open with my friends and family; I’m a terrible person with secrets. I don’t think there is anything going on in my life that I haven’t discussed with someone; if I’m going through something, I share it.”
Our website is about to complete 6 years next March 01, and I decided to celebrate it giving you guys a complete update in our photoshoot session. I have several of the images in my personal collection HQ sized, untagged, or outtakes. So, during this week I’ll be working in uploading and updating the albums. To start, the first batch coming from 2008-2010: