If you don’t know who Jessica Chastain is, you will soon.
The titian-tressed actress is seemingly everywhere these days. She has a veritable bumper-crop of movies out: From the current “The Debt” and “The Help,” to the soon-to-be-released (ready now?) “Texas Killing Fields“; “Take Shelter“; “Coriolanus“; “The Wettest County in the World,” and “Wilde Salome.”
The Guardian sits down to chat with Chastain, who was an unknown just a year ago. As ever, here’s the nut graf:
“Chastain’s extended moment is just a coincidence of timing, she explains, almost apologetically. “Last year, we were joking that there was a Chastain curse. I’d done 11 films in four years and for some reason they’d all been paused. I’d tell my friends and family, ‘I swear to you, I’m in this movie with Brad Pitt!’ Or I’d meet with a film-maker and I’d go, ‘I really want to do your movie – but if you put me in it, it may not come out for years.'”
Now Chastain is cursed instead with a never-ending promotional tour of duty. “Sundance, Berlin, two films in Cannes, two films in Deauville, two films in Venice, two films in Toronto,” she says, looking back over the year. “I’m promoting five movies this month. My publicist said she’s never seen that before. I looked at my whole schedule and I got freaked out, so now I just look at three days. What am I doing the next three days? That’s enough.” There are, however, no visible signs of weariness. “I’m such a fan of movies,” she says. “I love actors. I love directors. I love talking about them. I become like a geeky schoolgirl. I even love doing press.” Either she’s totally genuine or she’s a very good actor. Or both.
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