Sep 10, 2017
Watch: How Dakota Access Pipeline Protests Affected the Making of Woman Walks Ahead
In Woman Walks Ahead

Jessica kicked off the Woman Walks Ahead promotional day today on TIFF and People released an interview with her, director Susanna White and her costar Michael Greyeyes, who plays Sitting Bull, earlier today on EW studio.

While she was making her new film Woman Walks Ahead, Jessica Chastain says, the nearby Dakota Access Pipeline protests prompted her and the crew to get involved.

In the film, Chastain, 40, plays Catherine Weldon, a portrait painter in 1890s Brooklyn who travels to the Dakotas to paint a portrait of Sitting Bull and becomes embroiled in the Lakota peoples’ struggle over the rights to their land.

People there are very close to nature and there is this groundedness and centeredness I found when we were filming,” Chastain says of making the film.

There were spiritual themes to the movie and they affected us as we were making it,” says White. “There were a lot of Native Americans in the crew. There was something transformative about it.”

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