Jessica and her “The Heiress” co-star Dan Stevens made an appearance on Good Morning America yesterday morning in New York. We added the first photos of Jessica arriving in our gallery.
Oscar-nominated actress Jessica Chastain has a big role in the upcoming hunt-for-bin-Laden movie Zero Dark Thirty, but right now her focus is on a revival of the play The Heiress, which is open now at New York City’s Walter Kerr Theatre. Why is Chastain taking to the stage right when her movie career is skyrocketing? The actress recently told EW that the part was just too good to pass up. “When they sent me this script it was the day of [2011 espionage drama] The Debt‘s premiere, and I thought, ‘Oh, I’m not sure if i want to go do a play right now.’ But I read the part and I felt a connection to her and I knew I wanted to do it. If they had sent me the script to make it as a film I would have done it as a film. I always follow the character. To me it doesn’t matter the medium.”
Check out a scene of Jessica and Dan on stage for “The Heiress” at the opening night:
NEW YORK — The latest revival of “The Heiress” has done the near impossible — it’s drained the light from one of the most luminous actresses working today. In a good way.
Jessica Chastain, that ravishing redhead with the milky skin who shot a dose of bubbly charm to the film “The Help,” turns almost ghoulish in the title role at the Walter Kerr Theatre, which appropriately opened Thursday, the day after Halloween.
Chastain had her work cut out for her playing the “plain” Henry James heroine Catherine Sloper — “an entirely mediocre and defenseless creature with not a shred of poise” — forced to choose between a potentially gold-digging suitor and her aloof father, but the actress has seemingly scrubbed all beauty from her face and voice.
What’s left is a skittish woman with hollow eyes, a simply horrible hostess who, when she speaks, does so in a dull monotone. Even her hair looks mousy. Full credit goes to Chastain, who has buried herself in dullness to play one of theater’s more formidable proto-feminist roles. Continue reading
I went ahead and added over 100 HQ pictures of Jessica at “The Heiress” red carpet and curtain call to the gallery. Check it:
Thanks to my friend Kelly we have scans of Jessica at the latest Entertainment Weekly issue. Check it:
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The first photos of Jessica during the Broadway Opening Night of “The Heiress” are added in our gallery. Jessica looked stunning in a Stella McCartney dress, Harry Winston jewels, and Christian Louboutin heels. Keep checking back for more additions.
Jessica Chastain and director Moisés Kaufman discussed with NPR about The Heiress:
A much-anticipated revival of The Heiress, a 1947 play based on the Henry James novella Washington Square, opens in New York on Thursday. It marks the Broadway debut of two accomplished young stars — Jessica Chastain, the Academy Award nominee from The Help, and Dan Stevens, from the hit television series Downton Abbey.
On the surface, the story of The Heiress seems simple enough — a wealthy young woman in Victorian New York is torn between her controlling father and a young, penniless suitor. Is the father being overprotective? Is the young man just a cad? But there’s much more going on, says director Moisés Kaufman.
“Henry James — because his brother, William James, was a psychologist — he really understood a lot about human psychology and he got so much so right so early on,” Kaufman says. He describes the revival as “very Jamesian” in its darkness and ambiguity. Continue reading
Check the video preview of “The Heiress”:
Amazing! Thanks Marcela Soares for the heads up!