Collider – Over the last few years Jessica Chastain has demonstrated again and again that she’s one of the best actors working in Hollywood. Whether it be hunting down Osama bin Laden in Zero Dark Thirty, playing the wife of a man plagued by apocalyptic visions in Take Shelter, or putting on fifteen pounds to play the outcast Celia Foote in The Help, Chastain is always fearless and believable on screen. In her latest movie, Miss Julie, a film adaptation of August Strindberg’s famous 19th Century play being directed by Liv Ullmann, Chastain plays an aristocratic woman who strikes up a relationship with her father’s valet (Colin Farrell). The film explores issues of power through the lenses of social class, gender, and family. Unlike most modern movies, Miss Julie is deliberately paced and takes its time exploring the characters through long scenes filled with dialogue and emotion. Those who choose to pay attention will be dazzled by the performances and absolutely transported back in time.
Shortly after the premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, I landed an exclusive video interview with Jessica Chastain. She talked about what the last few years have been like and how shooting Miss Julie in chronological order helped her as an actress along with what she learned from director Liv Ullman. We also discussed the advice Al Pacino gave her on her first film, Salomé, the importance of stepping outside of your comfort zone as an actor, her reaction after watching Guillermo del Toro‘s Crimson Peak, and a lot more.
Jessica is in New York to promote The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby and while in town, she decided to step by to New York Fashion Week and watch the Michael Kors Spring 2015 Fashion Show on front row. Check the pictures:
The sudden loss of Robin Williams in August shocked millions, but Oscar-nominated actress Jessica Chastain has felt it in a particularly personal way. Thanks to a scholarship Williams set up through The Juilliard School, she was able to pay for her college education.
“He was a complete stranger, and he absolutely changed my life,” she told TODAY’s Matt Lauer on a visit Wednesday to promote her new movie, “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.” Getting the scholarship, she said, meant she was able to be the first person in her family to graduate college.
Williams and Chastain never met, though they communicated through third parties, and she sent him thank-you letters. But she’s not stopping just because he’s gone — Chastain says she plans to find a way to pay it forward.
“It inspires me to try to continue his legacy of generosity,” she said, adding that she’d like to ensure the scholarship in his name goes on. “It’s such a beautiful thing that he did, and he would want to help other people, I think.”
“The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” opens in theaters nationwide on Sept. 19.
A new portrait done during TIFF by Vanity Fair has been added, and its pretty gorgeous. You can find it in HQ at the gallery. Also a few more Eleanor Rigby stills has been added as well.
NEW YORK – Perhaps Andy Warhol’s famous saying holds true that “one’s company, two’s a crowd, and three’s a party.”
At least, if you ask Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy the stars of The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them, in theaters on Friday, and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her, opening Oct. 10.
Them tells the tale of the couple, and the fallout from their breakup, while Him focuses on the story of Conor and Her focuses on the same story but told from the perspective of his wife, Eleanor.
It’s the combined version of the first two films, Him and Her, each of them focusing on the demise of a relationship from the point of view of a grieving husband and a suicidal wife. They gambol, flirt, frolic, and then, appear to self-destruct in very disparate ways. The horrifying cause is revealed midway through the film, in a scene that’s breathtaking in its candor and simplicity.
MTV’s Joshua Horowitz is again happy/sad/confused with Jessica Chastain, and we can wait for a great MTV interview anytime soon.