I updated the gallery with some digital scans featuring Jessica.
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.”
Jessica visited earlier today the Today Show in New York, as part of The Huntsman: Winter’s War promotion. Watch the video below, as well screencaptures and photos of her arrivals in our gallery.
Yesterday Jessica was guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live, as part of the promotion gig of The Huntsman: Winter’s War. The videos of her interview are already in our archive, plus promotional images and photos of her arrivals are in our gallery. Screencaptures are coming right away!
USA Today has published an interview with Jessica, as part of The Huntsman: Winter’s War promotion.
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.
Jessica is gracing the cover of Angeleno, on its May issue, and we have digital scans added in our gallery. The gorgeous photoshoot is by Brian Bowen Smith and she posted (at the Oscar day) a behind the scenes on her Instagram.
Edit: She’s also on cover of Miami magazine, which you can find the digital scans in our gallery as well.