I came across some additional pictures of an old ‘New York Moves’ session Jessica did back in 2011. Check it:
The Playlist has a great interview with Jessica, to promote Mama which opened this weekend. Check it:
What drew you to this material?
I had just done “The Tree of Life.” That was coming out and “Take Shelter.” And so many people were talking to me about how they saw me as this “perfect mother” and I got this script and I thought, “This will really throw people for a loop.” Because it’s a woman who refuses to grow up, she plays bass guitar in a punk band, she’s not good enough to ever be famous, she’s got a sexy boyfriend who’s an illustrator, they live in a loft. She doesn’t want any responsibility. In the beginning, when she’s forced to deal with these children, she’s a little selfish and even unlikable. That was exciting for me to play! And I loved the arc throughout the film. For me it’s definitely a hero’s journey or someone becoming a hero and Guillermo del Toro. I love “Hellboy” and “Pan’s Labyrinth.” Also Andy, the short film is so scary. I thought, well, this is great. I’ll do this.
How did you come up with the look for this character? I imagine Guillermo gave you the tentacle tattoo.
No it was Andy! At first he said, “I want to put an octopus down your arm.” And I said, “Okay, I love the idea of the tattoos but why an octopus?” He said: “Because, when a tentacle gets stuck, it detaches. I think Annabelle must see herself like that.” I said: “That is genius, I love it, let’s do it!” And the haircut was Alice Glass inspired. [Alice Glass is the lead singer of the Canadian electro-punk band Crystal Castles.]
What is scarier – ghosts or the Oscar campaign?
The thing is, because I’m doing “The Heiress,” I’m on stage every day. So there isn’t much that I can do for an Oscar campaign. I can go to a lunch and do press but… I think a ghost is probably scarier.
What are your favorite horror movies? And you were in a TV remake of “Dark Shadows,” right?
I was Carolyn Stoddard in “Dark Shadows.” It’s never been seen before. Which I thought, when I was right out of school, “Oh this is my big moment!” And then the pilot was not picked up. [sighs] Sadly. I love “The Exorcist.” I love “Jaws.” And I saw those when I was far too young to see those films. It must have cemented something in me. There are a lot of great actresses in horror films – “Rosemary’s Baby,” “The Others.” You think about Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts, Mia Farrow, Jamie Lee Curtis. So many women I really respect have done these great characters in horror films. And I’m excited. I hope to do even more! I love it so much.
Is there any genre you’re really looking to do?
A western. I want to hold a gun.
And you want to be a James Bond villain?
Yeah, it’s like… Enough of the graceful characters… I want to get my hands dirty.
So, this is a special update asked by a few loyal visitors, and after some consideration, I decided to do it. Let me explain: as you have noticed, we don’t post ‘stalkerazzi‘ pictures here. What does it mean? Well, pictures taken while Jessica isn’t working. I saw already some gorgeous pictures of her shopping, with friends, walking around with Chaplin, but decided do not post. They’re personal, simply like that.
This ones was a big interrogation for me, because she’s arriving/leaving the Walter Kerr theater, so technically she’s working, right? No? I’m not sure yet. But I post pictures of her arrivals at interviews, so basically it’s the same thing.
So, after some requests, here’s the pictures. Over 700 HQ pictures of her most recent arrivals has been added, and there’s more pictures to be sorted. Enjoy it.
Jessica is featured in the current issue (January 31) of Rolling Stone to promote “Zero Dark Thirty”. The scans are added in our gallery and we added the transcript in our press archive.
Up close with ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Oscar favorite Jessica Chastain
Even now, Jessica Chastain can summon up Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s face. “KSM, Abu Faraj, all of them – they’re still there, in my head,” she says. It’s December morning, and the actor is recalling a technique she used to enter the obsessive brain of Maya, the CIA operative Chastain plays in Katheryn Bigelow’s Osama bin Laden thriller, Zero Dark Thirty: During shooting, Chastain hun “photocopied, grainy pictures” of Al Qaeda members on the walls of her hotel room, forcing herself to live with the faces the way her character does. “I approached it was ‘It takes a fantastic to catch a fantastic,’” she says.
Jessica is also featured on January issue of Elle France, and I have digital scans up in the gallery. I will try to bring you the article translated later, but I will need some help so if you want to help us with it, please, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
PS: I have A LOT of new pictures to upload today, please be patience and keep visiting us.
The current issue of Entertainment Weekly featuring the Oscar has, of course, our two-time Oscar nominated Jessica Chastain on their best actress feature. Check scans added to our gallery, thanks to the awesome Ali!
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With the article published below, USA Today as asked five questions to Jess, as you can watch below:
Chastain, 35, has racked up an impressive number of prizes for her portrayal of the humorless, laser-focused CIA operative Maya, representing, to Chastain, “the fanatical behavior to catch a fanatic,” in the hunt for Osama bin Laden. To date, she’s taken home best actress awards from the National Board of Review, the Broadcast Film Critics Association London Film Critics Circle, a Critics Choice award and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. She’s also nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award, a BAFTA and an Oscar.
“I think the X factor of the character that she plays in this movie is the drive and dedication and tenacity that was staggeringly effective,” says Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow, who partnered again with screenwriter Mark Boal after their last Oscar-winning film, The Hurt Locker. “It just is a testament to her range as an actor and an artist.”
The video of Jessica appearing on the Late Night With Jimmy Fallon is added in our archive as well as the HD screen captures.
Jessica tops the box office with two movies.
New horror pic Mama and holdover Zero Dark Thirty — both starring Jessica Chastain — easily topped the Friday box office with $10.1 million and $4.6 million, respectively.
From Universal, Mama is projected to gross a stellar $30 million for the four-day Martin Luther King weekend. Zero Dark Thirty should gross an impressive $18 million for Sony and director Kathryn Bigelow.