AFI Festival closed night presented Molly’s Game (replacing All the Money in the World) last night, as well a tribute to Aaron Sorkin. Jessica was looking stunning in a black Elie Saab dress, as you can see in the pictures now added to the gallery.
The new cover for the November 15 Issue of The Hollywood Reporter is here! The 2017 actresses roundtable features Jessica Chastain, Emma Stone, Jennifer Lawrence, Allison Janney, Mary J. Blige and Saoirse Ronan! Our gallery has been updated with the cover and featured photoshoot, and you can read the interview in our press archive.
Photoshoots from 2017 > 035 – The Hollywood Reporter
Magazines in 2017 > Nov 15 | The Hollywood Reporter
Let’s rip the Band-Aid off. Headlines in Hollywood have been all about instances of alleged harassment. Some people believe the entertainment industry will never be the same.
JESSICA CHASTAIN I hope the entertainment industry will never be the same. If you look at Louis B. Mayer and Fatty Arbuckle and Jack Warner, if you read Shirley Temple’s book, you find out what happened to her when she was a child — there is a history of abuse against women in our industry, and it’s never been addressed. I’m devastated by all the stories that have come out because it’s heartbreaking, but at the same time I feel hopeful because we’re not ignoring it anymore.
JENNIFER LAWRENCE The big misconception, though, is that this is just in the entertainment industry. Once again, the entertainment industry is kind of the stage on which you can see the inner workings of problems that are all over the world. If a flight attendant comes forward about a pilot, it doesn’t end up in the news because nobody knows about it. That doesn’t mean that there’s less sexual abuse going on anywhere else in the world, in any other place of work. But fortunately, we’re starting the conversation now.
EMMA STONE There’s a really amazing article Brit Marling wrote that was essentially saying, if women were paid equally in every industry, this would not be occurring. Women have had to fit into these different boxes for so many years just to get work, and if these things are happening and they bring them to people’s attention, they are much more likely to be fired or to be dismissed than a man in a more powerful position. So it’s a huge conversation for our industry, but I would hope that this is only the tipping point for us to discuss equal pay for equal work for women across every industry.
Jessica is promoting Molly’s Game in the new cover of Town & Country magazine, with a beautiful photoshoot by Matthew Brookes and words by Tim Teeman.
On the interview, she says she is passing on stereotypically female movie roles in an effort to combat old school Hollywood conventions.
“I am not one to go for traditional female roles, because I don’t think traditionally female characters are very interesting, and I don’t think they represent real life. I’m working hard to break free of stereotypes that the film industry has created and nurtured around women.”
In addition to choosing her roles carefully, Chastain says she will no longer accept anything less than equal pay for equal work.
“If I’m in a situation where I have equal experience to the actor and my role is just as significant, there is no reason why I should be paid less,” she explains. “It’s not really part of my world anymore, because I just won’t accept it.”
Jessica, who has long been an advocate for social change and women’s rights, says she hopes to inspire young girls to defy gender stereotypes as well.
“I believe that the energy you put into the world is what you get back, so I’m trying to put something positive out there, something to inspire girls and go into science, to run for office, to try to join the space program,” she says. “I am happy to stand alongside and march for any minority to have equal rights, but I’m not into anything that incites violence, that magnifies hate, because it becomes contagious … I try to approach my political resistance and my life with hope and love.”
The full interview can be read on Town & Country website, and also has been added to our press archive. Scans will be added asap. For now, check the beautiful photos in our gallery.
Photoshoots & Portraits > Photoshoots from 2017 > 034 – Town & Country
As previously announced, Jessica attended last night the Children’s Monologue at the Carnegie Hall in New York.
Oscar winner Danny Boyle assembled an all star A team of actors for “The Children’s Monologues,” a charity event of performances to benefit the UK charity Dramatic Need. The group funds programs in South Africa for impoverished children.
Boyle– director of “Slumdog Millionaire,” “Trainspotting,” and “127 Hours”– brought together Susan Sarandon, James McAvoy, Audra McDonald, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, Jason Alexander, Andrew Garfield, Daveed Diggs, Common, Esperanza Spaulding, Cynthia Erivo, Daniel Kaluuya, Gugu Mbatha Raw, Sebastian Stan, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and on and and on.
They read monologues written by South African children and then polished up by dramaturgs like Lynn Nottage, Tom Stoppard, Neil LaBute and others. Also featured was the Via Vyndal Pantsula Dance Crew and the New York City Youth Ensemble. It was a 5 star night that beautifully captured the spirit of South Africa and let some of our newest stars show off their stage ability. No one had more than a few hours of rehearsal.
Accordingly Showbiz411, Jessica learned after who she’d replaced.
Jessica Chastain learned the lines of her powerful dramatic monologue on the plane coming from L.A. yesterday. After she nailed it and came offstage, McAvoy– who she said “roped her into this”– told her who she’d replaced at the last minute. “Meryl Streep! Oh my god,” said Jessica, whose mother and best friend came to support her. “Oh. my. god.”
Check in our gallery some pictures of her arrival.
Appearances & Events > 2017 > Nov 13 | The Children’s Monologues
Clips from the interviews will be available on variety.com at the end of November and full episodes of the new season will air from Jan. 2 to Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. on PBS SoCal KOCE. Check images in our gallery:
Appearances & Events > 2017 > Nov 12 | Variety Actors on Actors Awards 2017, Day 2
Our gallery was updated with pictures of Jessica at the 2017 Governors Awards! She wore an Alexander McQueen gown with Louboutin heels and Piaget jewelry at the event hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on Saturday (November 11) in Hollywood.
Jessica attended in Los Angeles, this Tuesday (November 7) a press conference for Molly’s Game. We finally managed to get some pictures added in our gallery.
Appearances & Events > 2017 > Nov 07 | “Molly’s Game” Press Conference
It was also released a 30 minutes interview she did to DP/30, which you can watch below:
Variety announced today a list with the stars selected in Variety and PBS SoCal SOCE’s seventh season of the Emmy Award-winning series “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors.” The program feature pairs of acclaimed actors chatting with each other about their lives, their craft, and their careers. Jessica made part of it in 2014, pairing with Mark Ruffalo. This year, she was paired with Holly Hunter. Kate Winslet, Gal Gadot, Hugh Jackman, and Jake Gyllenhaal are other names being part of the 7th season.
“Actors on Actors” features exclusive, one-on-one conversations with top talent from the year’s most memorable films, who are expected to contend this awards season. Clips from the interviews will be available on variety.com at the end of November and full episodes of the new season will air from Jan. 2 to Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. on PBS SoCal KOCE.
The episodes will also be available to stream on pbssocal.org. PBS stations across the country will air the show in January.
The Daily Beast has published a new interview with Jessica, made by phone last weekend, to talk about Molly’s Game. But, obviously, talking about the current wave of sexual abuse allegations in Hollywood took a good part of the interview due Jessica’s very outspoken activism on Twitter.
“I feel hopeful. I feel happy,” Chastain says by phone this past Sunday when asked about her state of mind regarding the stories of Hollywood harassment and assault that have recently dominated the headlines. “I know it’s devastating, it’s terrible, it’s heartbreaking. These stories that are coming out are just so sad. But what makes me hopeful is that people are taking responsibility for their silence, their inaction. In no way should we, as a society, look at the victims and show any sense of blame. But anyone involved in an industry where there is abuse like this, you are part of the problem. And your inaction makes you complicit. So what’s happening now is… I think everyone is starting to look at where they fit in this industry.”
About Molly’s Game – and, specifically about Aaron himself – Jessica said she was surprised about his choice on first subject to direct.
“When he sent me the script, I was so blown away. He’s someone who could have told any story he wanted. Let’s be honest: he’s a successful white man in our industry who anyone would have listened to. And he chose to tell the story of this woman, and her trying to find some sense of success in a patriarchal society,” she says. “Success in her household, where her father made all the rules and was the moral authority. Success in an industry where rich, powerful men made all the rules, and changed them depending on their whims. And finally, success in a governmental system where they also changed the rules, by saying, ‘Hey, we’ll give you your money back—just give us the gossip.’ The idea of this woman trying to navigate that and find power, it is so profound.”
And, obviously, the interviewer asked her about Brian Singer, producer of her upcoming movie X-Men: Dark Phoenix that she personally called out on her twitter recently.
Let us not forget https://t.co/0TNDxl8h1Q
— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) November 4, 2017
“I do not feel beholden to anything. I’m going to speak my mind about any injustice that I see. I’m not afraid of anything in terms of that. And I think the greatest myth that an industry can create is to make people feel like they’re easily replaceable. I’m not going to allow that into my life.”
As a woman myself, I also have to say you’re doing amazing, Chastain!
The African-based creative arts charity Dramatic Need and Carnegie Hall today announced that Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, Sebastian Stan and Lakeith Stanfield will join the extraordinary line-up of acting talent assembled for The Children’s Monologues, a one-night-only theatrical event, presented in New York for the first time, on Monday, November 13, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage.
They complete an all-star cast that has been brought together for this benefit performance, also including Jason Alexander, McKinley Belcher III, Common, Daveed Diggs, Andrew Garfield, Daniel Kaluuya, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, James McAvoy, Audra McDonald, Sienna Miller, Javier Muñoz, Trevor Noah, Susan Sarandon, and Catherine Zeta-Jones. The evening’s musical line-up includes Broadway star Cynthia Erivo, cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, rapper Little Simz, and vocalist/double bassist Esperanza Spalding.
— Dramatic Need (@Dramaticneed) November 7, 2017
Directed by the Academy Award-winning Danny Boyle, The Children’s Monologues are based on the stories of children growing up in Rammulotsi, a small rural township in the Free State province of South Africa. Invited to describe a day that they will never forget, the work recounts the personal experiences of these young people expressed in their own words-sometimes harrowing, sometimes uplifting, and always moving.
Tickets for The Children’s Monologues in New York, starting at $100, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800, or online at carnegiehall.org. A limited number of discounted tickets will be made available to the general public on the day of the November 13 performance.