Good luck pitching Jessica Chastain a supportive wife role.
Chris Hemsworth learned that when he proposed she be his wife in The Huntsman: Winter’s War (in theaters Friday), a prequel to 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman.
“Chris came up to me,” Chastain, 39, recalls. “It was the first time I met him at Critics’ Choice Awards and he talked to me about it. I said, ‘Listen, you’re great. I loved the first movie, I’d love to work with you — but I’m not interested in playing the wife who sits at home and cheers you on. You know what I mean?’ ”
By phone, Hemsworth recalls the scene exactly. “She said, ‘Don’t bother sending it to me unless I get to kick (butt),’ ” he laughs. “And I said, oh, we’ll make sure that’s the case. And she does.”
Winter’s War turns back fairy-tale time. Charlize Theron returns to the screen as the evil Queen Ravenna, but instead of sharing the screen with Kristen Stewart’s Snow White, this time it’s Emily Blunt by her side as her once-sweet sister, Freya. When Freya’s infant daughter is murdered, her icy fury is released, and Freya gathers up all the children in the kingdom, including Chastain (who plays Sara), to create an army of child soldiers.