Jessica stopped by this Friday night at The Tonight Show for a very funny interview with Jimmy Fallon, as part of the Molly’s Game promotion.
Usually during the interviews, Fallon always shows up some game but tonight they put up a video showing the sexism behind the casting calls.
In a short video segment, Chastain showed up for a casting call in which she was reading for the role of “Angela.” Her lines were simple enough: “Hi, my name’s Angela. It’s nice to meet you.” She read her line to camera and immediately received direction from the casting director (Fallon). “That was great. Can you do that again, but … hot?“, being repeated over and over asking to be more hot, more sexy, more wonder woman, until the end of her audition. She was followed by a male actor, who simply read the line, “Hi, my name is Mike,” to which Fallon’s casting director applauded and said, “Perfect. No notes!” Watch it below:
Chastain has been a vocal advocate for equal pay and has spoken out about misogyny in Hollywood. She addressed facing the issue in her own career during The Hollywood Reporter’s recent Actress Roundtable, saying, “After Zero Dark Thirty, I was sent a lot of scripts where it was a female protagonist, and they wouldn’t do my deal until they knew who the male actor was because they needed to do his deal first and then see what was left over.”
I have the entire interview uploaded, which you can watch below. Also check screen captures added to the gallery.