Jessica Chastain, Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal did a photoshoot last month to The Wrap, to cover their “Oscar Wrap” issue. You can find the digital scans in our gallery, as well a nice behind the scenes video with the photo shoot session below.
Jessica was interviewed as well, and she talk a little about Maya and her experience shooting “Zero Dark Thirty”. Check some excerpts and go to our gallery for the full interview:
STEVE POND For months while Zero Dark Thirty was shooting, people assumed that you were playing a supporting role to the guys who brought down bin Laden. Now it turns out that you’re the lead.
JESSICA CHASTAIN I hated not being able to tell anybody about who I was playing. Most people assumed I was playing Joel Edgerton’s wife. You think that
in a movie like this, the girl is going to be the wife, and anytime anyone made that assumption I’d think to myself, That’s so not true. But I couldn’t say anything. And I’m terrible at keeping secrets.
And now you can say some things…but not everything, right?
I know things about the real woman that I can’t say. I did not meet her, but I did a lot of research and talked to a lot of people who were involved. But it’s difficult because there are active members of the CIA depicted in this movie, and it’s very important to protect them. It’s a major concern to all of us that this woman, whom I see as a great hero, not be punished because of this story coming to light.
Is much of your characterization based on the real person?
A lot of it is, but I had to fill in a lot of blanks. I was really moved by the idea of
this girl being so driven, yet becoming almost nothing. So the voice I use, the hair changes and the costume changes, those are all deliberate choices. When we first see her there’s femininity, a youthfulness. The colors are warm, and then as the movie goes on I wanted to make her sexless. It’s the sense that she’s become nothing except for this project.
Jessica is covering the January issue of Cineplex magazine, and you can find digital scans in our gallery. In the article, she talks about her most recent films “Mama” and “Zero Dark Thirty”, both to be released this month. Check it:
Technically, Mama is your first horror film. It’s based on a truly scary short film that caused quite a splash on the festival circuit and online. How much of that eerie ambience stayed intact when stretched to feature length?
“Well, the reason I signed on to do Mama is the name Guillermo del Toro. I’m a crazy fangirl when it comes to his work. So when I saw Andy’s short film I was totally blown away by what he did in such a small space of time, in three minutes. It’s like, one shot. Up the staircase, seeing mama. So that three minutes is the seed of what Mama has become, it maintains that strange feel of the short film which is incredibly exciting. We get to see more of what mama is, we get to understand where the two little girls come from and, of course, we are introduced to my character, Annabel, who isn’t in the short film at all.”
I’m guessing that del Toro and Muschietti allowed you some leeway to design Annabel?
“Yes, absolutely. The essence of what the character was in the script is still there. She played bass guitar in a punk band, but she wasn’t very good so she’d never be famous, so she was playing for fun. Her boyfriend just wants her to grow up but she wants to stay in the world. And along comes this level of responsibility in these two girls. Now, I kept pushing for her to not be very likeable. I wanted her to be selfish and initially see these kids as a hindrance, a major drag. And as the story progresses, she rallies and finds her strength when she has to wrestle with ‘mama.’ She’s the one you least expect would have that strength. This is not a cheap horror film. Though I should mention that I love cheap horror films, I love all horror films. But sometimes horror relies on nothing but loud noises and false scares and cats jumping out of cupboards, but this one refuses to do that…. Andy sculpted a feeling that no matter what is happening, something is just…not…right. It just builds and builds and builds.”
Jessica attended tonight alongside her co-stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, the kids Megan Charpentier and Isabelle Nélisse, a screening of “Mama” which will be released next 18th in the USA. Check the first pictures in our gallery:
As mentioned in a few posts ago Jessica is guest tonight at “Late Show with David Letterman” and I have a few pictures of her arriving at the studios added to the gallery. I absolutely LOVE her red coat, what about you?
Thanks to the always great Marica for sending us mostly of the pictures
We added the digital magazine scans of Jessica’s Instyle UK cover in our gallery. They are tagged but we will replace them with our own scans as soon as possible. You can also find a preview of her interview below.
On being a redhead in Hollywood: “There were a couple of times when I thought, ‘Maybe I should dye my hair blonde?’ Being a redhead and not having very conventionally modern looks, it was confusing for people and they didn’t know exactly where to put me.”
On not courting fame: “There are some actors, who are very, very famous, who know what they’re doing. They court it. Like Elizabeth Taylor. Richard Burton. It’s something that you woo. Fame and money have not been my goals. If they had, then this probably would not have happened, because this all happened from independent films. Not big pay cheques. Even The Help was an independent film. We were all cast before the success of the novel. Thank God, because they would have never ever given me [the part of] Celia Foote had people known how big it would become.”
On not dating other actors: “I have a rule. No actors. I realized I wanted just to be able to hang out with someone… And I didn’t want to talk about the business, first of all. I love movies. But I love talking about them like when I was 15 years old. I’m a film fan, but I don’t want to talk about auditions or what movie I’m gonna do. I find that so boring.”
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