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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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Jessica Chastain will never forget 2011: She co-starred in six movies, including her Oscar-nominated turn in “The Help.” And Jessica shows no signs of slowing down. Wednesday, she lets loose in the new fact-based film, “Lawless,” about a family’s illegal moonshine business.
Jessica calls the film is a mix of genres: Gangster meets Western meets Love Story. It’s set in the time of Prohibition. And history buff Jessica loved being able to take a step back in time.
“I love researching,” says Jessica. “When I get a role that’s one of the very first things I do. I just want to fill myself up with knowledge of what the character might have come from. Not just even reading about the history of the time, which of course I do, but I also love learning about the music of the time, listening to that; thinking of the food of the time; what someone would have done for fun.”
With “Lawless,” the fun for Jessica came from working with an ensemble cast that includes Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman and Guy Pearce.
“I geek out all the time because I’m so excited to work with people and that’s what it was like for me on this film,” says Jessica.
“Lawless” was a fairly testosterone-driven set, one that had producer Lucy Fisher comparing Jessica and her male co-stars to Peter Pan’s Wendy and the Lost Boys.
“They were always roughhousing and playing around and sometimes I would get involved, but for the most part, ‘Boys calm down, now’s time to work, we all love each other, let’s go back to work,’” said Jessica. “They treated me very special. They were always such gentlemen around me.”
Much of “Lawless” was shot on location in a small town in Georgia. Jessica says for fun they’d all go to Wal-Mart and buy supplies for their very competitive game nights.
She said she also tried moonshine — and is not a fan.
After experiencing the kind of breakout year that few actors ever have, Jessica Chastain — who’s latest film, “Lawless” opens Wednesday — is facing a dilemma she never anticipated.
“I’ve had to learn how to say ‘no’ to offers,” Chastain says, giggling on the telephone. “That’s so unexpected. I’m used to working really hard to get a role. I was always auditioning and talking my way into roles.
“But this year — I mean, it’s not a problem. It’s a wonderful thing. But I find myself having to say, ’I don’t have time,’ or ’That doesn’t fit with my schedule.’ I want to do everything. But I find I have to say no to things.”
Not that she hasn’t kept busy. As she speaks, Chastain is in the midst of shooting a pair of overlapping films: “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His” and “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers,” opposite James McAvoy. At the same time, she’s about to begin rehearsals for “The Heiress,” which will mark her Broadway debut when it opens in November.
The wildfire that seemed to characterize her career in 2011 — in which she appeared in no fewer than six films that were released, earning critics’ awards and an Oscar nomination for “The Help” — has subsided. But its effects are still being felt.
“The past year absolutely changed my life,” Chastain says. “What the year gave me was the chance to be introduced to people whose work I admired. In this film, for example, I don’t have any scenes with Gary Oldman, whose work has deeply inspired me. And then I met him on a red carpet and he was so positive about my work. The fact that he’d seen something I’d been in and was positive about it — it’s the most amazing thing.”
The film she’s referring to is “Lawless,” a Depression-era moonshiner action-drama. In the film, Chastain plays Maggie, a one-time exotic dancer in Chicago who takes a job as a waitress in a small cafe in the Tennessee mountains to escape her past — and winds up romantically involved with a taciturn moonshine kingpin (Tom Hardy).
While her character is never involved in the brutal bloodshed that marks the film’s action (at least onscreen), Chastain imagined that Maggie had a lot of violence in her past.
“I was really moved by the idea that every man she’d ever been involved with had seen her as prey,“ Chastain says. “So this is the first time she’s been around a man who just wants to take care of her and protect her, who doesn’t want anything in return. She can say, ‘This is what I want’ to him and she’s never had that in her life.
Last Friday IFC has aired a 30 minutes behind the scenes special of “Lawless”, containing interviews and new scenes. A HUGE thanks to my friend Colleen for recorded it for us. Watch it below, and enjoy it!
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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. 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
HAUNTED PEAK Pre Production
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
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
A MOST VIOLENT YEAR Pre Production
Jessica teams with Oscar Isaac on this JC Chandor film IMDb / news / photos
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