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You may know Jessica from her roles in movies as Take Shelter, Coriolanus, Mama, Lawless, or the acclaimed Tree of Life, Zero Dark Thirty and The Help.
Jessica has first appeared on the public eyes during 2011 Cannes, when a very shy and beautiful redhead was being guided by Brad Pitt and Sean Penn on the red carpet. In a few months her career exploded, with seven movies being released in sequel and her first Oscar nomination coming right after. Today, it's nearly impossible you never have heard about her.
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“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]
My friend Claudia has translated the article published in the last Marie Claire Italia, and now you can find it in our press archive:
Rising stars. Jessica Chastain walks the suite of Royal Monceau in Paris and it seems like her 50’s style dresss prinkles stardust all over. It isn’t surprising that the Oscar actress brings such class: in The Tree of Life she was a pure light soul, such as Terrence Malick didn’t find awkward to let her float from the ground. Now, while she welcomes us in this temple of grandeur like it is her own living room, she looks all of a different grace: sensual, seductive and perfect. You cannot admire her, the ex thin girl from a any place in North California who studied (acting in Julliard, because of a subvention to meritorious students donated by Robin Williams, and also dancing, many languages, Renaissance arts…) like a real nerd, breaking into the star system like a divine diva. Real. And it’s so for her mysterious charm and strong-willed soul that Yves Saint Laurent chose her as new testimonial of its perfume Manifesto. <>, Chastain starts during our meeting in occasion of the launch of the perfume.
A new trailer for Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty is now online, courtesy of iTunes Movie Trailers. Check it out in the player below!
Set for release on December 19, Zero Dark Thirty focuses on the black ops mission to capture or kill Osama Bin Laden, which culminated in his death during a high-stakes raid on his compound in Pakistan.
Out Magazine sat down with Jessica to talk about The Heiress, and her feelings on portraying one of Broadway’s first feminists.
She conquered the Cineplex with seven films last year, and now Jessica Chastain’s taking a break from Hollywood and heading to the Great White Way. This season, she takes on the titular role in a revival of The Heiress, a story that earned Olivia de Havilland an Oscar for its 1949 film adaptation and made a bona fide, Tony-winning star out of Cherry Jones with its previous 1995 Broadway revival. As Chastain herself puts it, “You can tell so much about the quality of a role by the legacy of the actresses that have played it.”
Based on Henry James’s novella Washington Square, The Heiress details the pain of heroine Catherine Sloper as she’s torn between her domineering father and the young man who claims to adore her but may be a fortune hunter. Catherine’s dilemma may sound like the type of melodrama that fell out of fashion, but the struggle for personal salvation at the play’s center remains visceral and timely.
“When I read the script, I loved this character immediately,” says Chastain. “There’s something very courageous and, at the same time, very vulnerable about her.” She speculates that Catherine may be the first feminist. “She really does decide that she doesn’t need to be a prop to someone—that it’s all right to be on her own.”
In many ways, Catherine’s quest to redefine herself is akin to that of a gay adolescent. She is, after all, coping with a disapproving parent and trying to change the course of her future. The similarities aren’t lost on the show’s director, Moisés Kaufman, who is most celebrated for writing and directing The Laramie Project. “Catherine has a decision to make,” Kaufman says. “Should she continue to think of herself as her father thinks of her…or does she come up with a new way to think of herself and survive? I do think gay men have a particular insight into that process.”
A lucky person who attended the opening night for “The Heiress” just left a review over Broadway World forum:
I was there and really enjoyed it. The Heiress is a very slow burn; if you’ll pardon the analogy it’s like edging yourself for three hours: a pleasurable journey of teasing and taunting with a guaranteed big payoff.
(…)I’ll warn upfront that I’m a crazy Chastain fan. I was worried though- what if all her brilliant film performances don’t translate to the stage? Could she deliver live? The answer is a resounding yes. She is the real deal.
Act One: awkward, shy, clumsy, naive, trusting, loving. It’s all the more juicy knowing that she’s going to get to really have some fun in Act Two. The first scene in Act Two when her father really lays into her was terrifying. I couldn’t even pay attention to David Strathairn. I could only watch Chastain’s face as she reacted to his cruel words. A click went off and her character wasn’t going to be the same again. The following scene at night when everything came crashing down finally sent her over the edge enough to deliver the final vindictive acts. Is this where the phrase “revenge is a dish best served cold” come from?
(…)I definitely want to see this again. It’s one of the strongest offerings of this season so far. I hope The Heiress marks the beginning of a long, long stage career for Chastain.
I have added to the gallery scans of an old “The Hollywood Reporter” issue done during Cannes Festival, back in the time when Jessica was a fresh face and a very promising actress. It’s crazy thinking that it’s being only a year ago when barely no one knew her, and she’s now an Academy Award® nominee with several projects up and running and praised performances all around. Impressive, huh?
Check scans (and if you don’t remember, check the behind-the-scenes photos that were added back in time) up in our gallery:
THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY: HIS / HER Post Production
On this double feature, Jessica and James McAvoy are a New York couple telling their relationship by the husband or wife point of view. official / news / photos
On this James Franco film, Jessica is CK Williams mother, in a poetic road trip through his life. IMDb / news / photos
INTERSTELLAR Post Production
A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage. official / IMDb / news / photos
MISS JULIE Post Production
An adaptation of August Strindberg play, it follows a woman trying to escape an existence crampedby social mores who is suddenly drawn to a senior servant. IMDb / news / photos
CRIMSON PEAK Filming
Jessica reteams with Guillermo del Toro on a haunted house film, also co-star with Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddlestom and Charlie Hunnam IMDb / news / photos
A MOST VIOLENT YEAR Post Production
Jessica teams with Oscar Isaac on this JC Chandor film IMDb / news / photos
THE ZOOKEEPER'S WIFE Pre Production
The Zookeeper's Wife tells the account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Jan and Antonina Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the Nazi invasion. IMDb / news / photos
THE SECRET SCRIPTURE Pre Production
A woman keeps a diary of her extended stay at a mental hospital. IMDb / news / photos
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