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.