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.
To promote The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them, Jessica is set to appears in the following TV shows:
NBC’s Today – September 10, 7-9 a.m.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon – September 11
Watch What Happens Live (Bravo TV) – September 17
We’ll provide videos, but be sure to check it live if you can.
There will be a Q&A next Friday (Sep 12) at Sunshine Cinema in New York, with Jessica and director Ned Benson, during The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them premiere.
For tickets, check landmarktheaters.com.