I LOOOOOOOOOOVE Jessica Chastain. She literally exploded into Hollywood a couple of years ago, making a bazillion movies in the span of about two years.
Jessica appears on the January cover of British GQ, promoting her new movie ‘Zero Dark Thiry’. The new Kathryn Bigelow film is about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, and is getting more buzz than I’ve seen in a long time! According to what I’ve read, Bigelow actually got information from the Obama administration to make the movie as real as possible. Chastain stars as a CIA operative searching for Bin Laden, and from what I’ve read she could be up for her second Oscar for her role.
On Zero Dark Thirty and Bin Laden: ‘This film will make news. We all think we know how it ended. We don’t. And this movie is about how it really ended. It is shocking. When I first read the script, I was blown away by this woman. The sacrifices she made and what she had to do. It’s something I still get very emotional about. What happens when you live for this one goal? And then you achieve it.’
Relating to CIA agents: ‘I can relate to those aspects of being in the CIA. For the last three years, my life has been work and only work. I do miss my family. I do feel cut off from my friends. Listen, I know being in the CIA is a lot more important that being an actress, but I do feel some empathy with the loneliness: you give away yourself.’
Ginger angst: ‘You Brits are usually so mean to your redheads. Why is that? In America it’s seen as a good thing. Look at Julia Roberts – she’s cool, right? I was working in Thailand and I’d be walking down the street and people – British people – would stop the car and scream, “ginger!” at me.’
On working with Brad Pitt in Tree of Life: ‘He didn’t have a huge entourage, nothing like that. He just showed up on his motorcycle on the very first day and went, “Hi, I’m Brad.” You just heard the rumbling of his bike and he’d appear like James Dean, or Marlon Brando from The Wild One. He was kind, he was generous, he’d never heard of me but he never made me feel less.’
Sex symbol status? ‘I always find sex scenes embarrassing. But at times they are necessary – I get that. It’s a huge compliment when someone says you’re attractive, especially when I was such an awkward kid – I was very tomboyish, with very short red hair, running around with cowboy boots on. So when someone tells me I’m a sex symbol I’m like, “what?”. But I’ll take what I can get. That’ll teach all those boys back in Junior High! In fact, I hope my very first boyfriend, the guy I dated for one month and who broke up with me at the Valentine’s Day Dance – I hope that boy reads this article.’
I can’t wait to see her movie, I think it looks amazing!! Her, I love…. seriously.