Considered an atypical Hollywood star (there are articles that describe the current Oscar favorite as a “normal person” who happened to “be a celebrity”), Jessica Chastain, actress, activist and producer, seems to handle herself without calculations in her interviews, on her social networks and also in her speeches. “She doesn’t seem to be looking for gracious headlines at any time,” says Vanity Fair. Part of the American press considers that her speech at the 2013 Golden Globes took her away from the Oscars. The protagonist of The darkest night took the stage and remembered the years in which she, despite her efforts, she did not get auditions. “It’s an absolute dream come true.”
Chastain grew up in a home where there were sometimes “no things, not even food”, he worked to pay for his studies and won one of the scholarships awarded every two years by Robin Williams to the prestigious Juilliard University. “He paid for not only all my studies, but also my apartment, my books and my flight home to see my family for Christmas,” Chastain said. He wrote letters to her in gratitude, but they could not meet. About the lack of opportunities and the privileges that he now has, he has told him. “Since I come from that place, I know how it is. And that makes me angry. And I don’t want anyone else to be denied anything. In terms of a voice, being seen, recognized and valued”.
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The first great opportunity in the cinema was given to Al Pacino. “The best acting teacher I’ve ever had,” he has said. He bet on her to star in Salomé (2013). During those years, the actress also went through the tragedy of losing her sister. Since then, she has sought to raise awareness of depression and prevent suicides. “That changed me completely. A movie, an Oscar, a dress… Nothing is that important”.
The actress sees “cinema as a political act”. She questioned Donald Trump for his sexist comments and also supported the claims in Hollywood. In 2016, she teamed up with Juliette Binoche to create the feminist production company ‘We Do It Together.’ A year later, when she arrived in France as a jury at the Cannes Film Festival, she spoke honestly about the lack of fairness. “It’s the first time I’ve seen twenty movies in ten days, and I love movies. But one of the things I take away from this experience is the female characters. It’s worrying how the world sees us, to be honest. There are several exceptions, but in general the representation of the female characters has been what has surprised me the most. I hope that when there are more women in charge of telling the stories, we will also have female characters that we can recognize ourselves in.”
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The film “The Eyes of Tammy Faye”, in which she plays a controversial televangelist, is her third Oscar nomination and, although Olivia Colman and Kristen Stewart have possibilities, Chastain has won two important awards, those of the critics and the Guild. of Actors. Part of the US press points out that she, being one of the best actresses today, should have already won an Oscar. For now, she will be at the non-televised ceremony in support of the sector. “I’ll be there when the makeup category is called, and if that means I won’t do red carpet press or broadcast with ABC or whatever, so be it.”