I have to thanks my friend Bex for showing me how great and talented Jessica Chastain is. The first film I saw her in was The Help (2011) and having read the book, she made the perfect Celia – sweet and naïve yet also loyal and strong.
Jessica Chastain is one of those people that you think has been around forever making films but when you look at her IMDb page you realise she’s only been on the big screen less than ten years.
She was great in Zero Dark Thirty (2012) and in Interstellar (2014) – though both films may have had their issues, whether politically or narratively there’s no denying that Jessica Chastain was brilliant in both.
There’s lots of films she’s starred in that I’ve not gotten around to seeing but really want to, A Most Violent Year being the most recent. Then there’s two films she’s starring in this year that I’m super looking forward to – The Martian and Crimson Peak. I have the book The Martian and I’m keen to read it but the reason I bought it was because the cast list for the film adaptation is amazing! Also Crimson Peak looks creepy and gothic and is directed by Guillermo del Toro who I love. I just think Jessica Chastain is making some really interesting acting choices right now and I’m looking forward to seeing where she goes next.
The thing that really made me take notice of Jessica Chastain as a person rather than as an actor was her acceptance speech at the Critics’ Choice Awards this year. She was accepting the MVP Award and used her moment on stage to call for more diversity in the film industry. It was a great speech and I loved how in a later interview she said that “if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem” and I think that’s a sentiment that many people in Hollywood need to get behind as many (white) people in the industry say “oh it’s terrible that no people of colour were nominated in the acting categories at the Oscars this year” but don’t actively try and make a difference.