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Jessica Chastain in on the cover of ‘The Wall Street Journal’ Magazine. Chastain, who was photographed by Annemarieke Van Drimmelen, gave a interview to the February issue for where she talks about gender equality and promote Molly’s Game. The magazine also brings quotes from Molly Bloom herself, Aaron Sorkin, Idris Elba and Melissa Silverstein, founder of Women and Hollywood, an initiative that advocates for gender equity in the entertainment industry and named Jessica as a co-chair for its 10th anniversary celebration last fall.
You can find interview in our press archive and the photoshoot in our gallery.
As Molly, Jessica Chastain delivers an unforgettable performance that earned her a Golden Globe nomination for best performance by an actress in a motion picture. The movie was written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, who was nominated for best screenplay. But neither of them dreamed up the film’s heroine—a real-life entrepreneur who recounted her adrenaline-fueled journey in the 2014 memoir called Molly’s Game: From Hollywood’s Elite to Wall Street’s Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker.
Although she had lived the story, Bloom was stunned by the character Chastain created on camera. “I was blown away,” says Bloom. “To see how powerful Jessica is and how nuanced she is in communicating the things I was feeling—I just thought she was incredible. My family and close friends were like, ‘It was like watching you on-screen.’ ”
Photoshoots & Portraits > 2018 > #006 – The Wall Street Journal
Magazines & Scans > 2018 > #003 The Wall Street Journal
Jessica Chastain is part of W Magazine annual Best Performances. The photoshoot is in our gallery.
Jessica Chastain in Molly’s Game
“To play Molly Bloom, I thought about what women have to become in order to find power in a society where men are making all of the rules. I was like, ‘Oh, my gosh—the Kardashians are an incredible example of women who have their own sense of entrepreneurial power.’ And in real life, Molly looked a lot like them. For research, I actually watched Kim’s tutorial on face shading and contouring. As the movie goes on, Molly transforms into this idea of what a woman has to be in order to be heard: The heels get higher, the necklines are lower, the hair is longer. It was quite a departure for me, physically. And the strange thing is, I don’t look like myself at all in this film, and so many people have said to me that I’ve never looked better.”
Jessica Chastain wears an Oscar de la Renta dress; Sophie Buhai earrings.
Photoshoots & Portraits > 2018 > #003 W Magazine
Jessica Chastain visited Jimmy Kimmel Live for an interview. On the interview, she said how was the first meeting of her family with her in-laws:
The two families met in the Alps, Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, where things got “interesting.” “My family is from Northern California, and his family is from Veneto, Italy. My family doesn’t speak Italian and his family speaks very little English… It was a very quiet holiday, but there was a lot of pointing and a lot of food.”
That’s where the families differed: “We’ve known each other for about six years and Americans eat in about an hour,” says Chastain. “A meal starts and then it’s done. When I went to Italy, I didn’t realize that meals last for three or four hours… I don’t understand this but Sunday brunch will go from 1 pm to 5 pm. You eat one course and it’s delicious. Then the second your plate is done, his mom is putting more food on my plate. So I have a trick where I just push the food around on my plate for hours.”
Chastain’s vegan diet, however, poses more of an issue for her in these situations than the duration of the meals. “In the beginning, I would say I’m vegan. Which is like the worst thing. I don’t eat 10 meals and I’m vegan. I would say, ‘I’m sorry I can’t eat that,’ and [my mother-in-law] would say, ‘No problem, we have fish’.”
“Do you think they hate you?” Kimmel asks, to which Chastain responds, “Maybe that’s why it’s so quiet. They just hate me.”
Kimmell posted a photo with Jessica on the his twitter account:
— Jimmy Kimmel Live (@JimmyKimmelLive) 4 January 2018
For arrive and leave from the studios, Jessica was seen wearing the Time’s Up t-shirt (Time’s Up is a movement powered by women that aims at raising awareness on sexual harassment and is setting up a legal defense fund to provide subsidized legal support to women and men who have experienced sexual harassment, assault, or abuse in the workplace and while in pursuit of their career. To learn more about it or to donate go to www.timesupnow.com)
Candids > 2018 > Jan 03 │Arriving for the “Jimmy Kimmel Live”
Jessica reunited with Saoirse Ronan, Kate Winslet, Margot Robbie, Annette Bening and Diane Kruger for Los Angeles Times annual The Envelope best actresses roundtable.
Awards season always get us thinking about what it must be like to work in the movies, so we invited six leading actresses to join The Envelope to share their insights. Answering our call was Annette Bening, who plays former Hollywood leading lady Gloria Grahame romantically linked to a much younger man in her final years in “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool”; Jessica Chastain, who plays real-life poker entrepreneur Molly Bloom targeted by the FBI in “Molly’s Game”; Diane Kruger, who won the Cannes film festival’s top acting prize for her portrayal of a woman whose husband and child have been killed by terrorists in “In the Fade”; Margot Robbie, who stars as disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding in the quirky “I, Tonya”; Saoirse Ronan, as a Sacramento teen looking for her place in the world in “Lady Bird”; and Kate Winslet, who stars in Woody Allen’s 1950s Coney Island drama “Wonder Wheel.”
With ages ranging from 23 to 59, the women talked with Times film writers Mark Olsen and Amy Kaufman about looking good vs. feeling good, the treatment of women on screen, learning from film roles and finding confidence. Oh, and how the Kardashians helped in prepping for a role.
You can see some videos from the interview on LA Times website, and also on the print version of The Envelope, yesterday. You can find the photoshoot in our gallery.
Photoshoots & Portraits > 2017 > #41 Los Angeles Times
Jessica is on the cover of French magazine CitizenK International, channeling the beauty icon Sophia Loren in ‘A Special Day’. You can find the translated interview in our press archive and the photoshoot in our gallery.
Stop! She decided to ease off. “I will take a very long break. It is not likely that I will turn to new films by the end of next summer to devote myself to my family.” Read more
Photoshoots & Portraits > 2017 > #39 Citizen K
Jessica Chastain and director Aaron Sorkin are part of The Wrap Actors/Directors/Screenwriters issue and they did a interview to talk about Molly’s Game. Check digital scans and photoshoot added in our gallery.
Jessica Chastain gave an interview to newspaper Evening Standard, as part of Molly’s Game promotion. A part of the interview has been published on Thursday’s issue, with the full interview coming on the supplement ES Magazine. Check the pictures and read the interview in our press archive:
An actress and her publicist are sitting around a kitchen table in boiling hot Beverly Hills, eating macrobiotic salads and talking about Harvey Weinstein.
So far, so unremarkable. These days, this is a scene that’s being repeated at lunch tables throughout the city. Only today, the actress is Jessica Chastain, who knows Weinstein — she made a number of movies that he bought and distributed. And she knows some of the other people involved. So she has a lot to say on the subject.
‘Yeah, he tried to get me to pimp out my best friend [the actress] Jess Weixler,’ says Chastain. ‘Like very flirtatious, “Oh I’ve got such a crush on her — you got to help me.” He’s incredibly friendly but also very volatile. He normalised the abuse. But everyone in this industry is complicit. We’re all part of the problem. I heard the rumours even before I entered the industry. So we have to ask ourselves, why was it okay? Why are agents sending actresses to meetings in hotel rooms? It goes back to the days of Fatty Arbuckle, Louis B Mayer, Jack Warner. Shirley Temple said in her biography that when she was 12, a producer pulled out his penis! So we can look at Harvey as though he was the cancer or we can be realistic. He’s not the disease, he’s the symptom.’
Jessica showed up on Friday night at The Tonight Show for a interview with Jimmy Fallon, as part of the Molly’s Game promotion.
Jimmy Fallon always shows up some game but in this case they put up a video showing the sexism behind the casting calls.
In a short video, Jessica showed up for a casting call in which she was reading for the role of “Angela.” Her lines were simple: “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 the video below:
Jessica Chastain is featured The Hollywood Reporter‘s Actress Roundtable (November 15, 2017) issue. Check out the photos and interview below!
Six top actresses — including Mary J. Blige, Jessica Chastain, Allison Janney and Saoirse Ronan — open up about risky roles and how the industry’s culture of abuse might finally be on the verge of change: “I feel hopeful because we’re not ignoring it anymore.”
Read the full interview in our press archive
A new interview with Jessica to The Daily Beast has been has published. In the interview, made by phone during last weekend, she speaks about Molly’s Game and about the current wave of sexual abuse allegations in Hollywood.
About Molly’s Games & Aaron Sorkin:
“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.”
On the sexual abuse allegations in Hollywood:
“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.”
You can read the full interview on our Press Archive. – Molly’s Game opens limited in December 25.