Jessica Chastain Biography |
  • Jessica Chastain Biography

    Born: March 24, 1977 in Sacramento, California, USA

    Academy Award®-nominated actress Jessica Chastain has emerged as one of Hollywood’s most sought after actors of her generation.

    Following her whirlwind year in 2011 in which she received several nominations and accolades for her work from the LA Film Critics, British Academy of Film and Television, Broadcast Film Critics, HFPA, Screen Actors Guild and the Academy, she has an equally impressive year ahead.

    She was last seen in The Weinstein Co’s Lawless, opposite Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy. Set in the Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, the film directed by John Hillcoat and produced by Doug Wick is about a bootlegging gang who finds itself under violent pressure from authorities.

    This year she also lent her voice to DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted as the character of Gia the Jaguar. The film opened to huge numbers with outstanding reviews.

    Chastain is currently on Broadway in a starring role in the Tony Award-winning play “The Heiress.”

    Chastain recently wrapped production on Eleanor Rigby opposite James McAvoy, written and directed by Ned Benson.

    In March 2013, Chastain will star in the horror film Mama directed by Andres Muschietti for Guillermo Del Toro’s production company Toma 78.

    In 2011, she starred opposite Brad Pitt and Sean Penn in the Academy Award® nominated drama Tree of Life, written and directed by Terrence Malick for River Road Productions. The film won the Palm d’Or at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and won the Chicago Film Critics award for Best Picture.

    Also in 2011, she could be seen in Ami Mann’s feature film, Texas Killing Fields opposite Sam Worthington and Chloe Grace Moretz, Miramax’s The Debt alongside Helen Mirren and Sam Worthington and as Virgilia in the on screen adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy Coriolanus opposite Ralph Fiennes and Gerard Butler and in Jeff Nichol’s Take Shelter opposite Michael Shannon which won a plethora of awards during the 2011 film festival circuit and received an Independent Spirit Award nomination.

    Chastain is best known for her role as Celia Foote, an insecure Southern lady constantly trying to fit in with the high society women who reject her on Dreamworks’ Academy Award®- nominated adaptation of the best-selling Kathryn Stockett novel The Help, which won numerous awards in 2011 including Chastain’s Oscar® nomination for Best Supporting Actress, Golden Globe nomination, Screen Actors Guild nomination and Critics’ Choice nomination.

    Born and raised in Northern California, Chastain attended the Juilliard School in New York City. While there she starred in “Romeo and Juliet” and went on to receive glowing reviews for her performances in “The Cherry Orchard” opposite Michelle Williams at Williamstown, and Richard Nelson’s “Rodney’s Wife” opposite David Strathairn off-Broadway at Playwright’s Horizons.

    Chastain returned to the stage in the Los Angeles Wadsworth Theatre production of “Salome,” where Academy Award® winners Estelle Parsons (director) and Al Pacino hand-picked her to play the title role opposite Pacino.  Continuing the collaboration, producer Barry Navidi commenced the film version of “Salome,” entitled Wild Salome, directed by Pacino, where they filmed behind the scenes and portions of the play’s production.

    This led to her landing the dynamic title role of Jolene in the Dan Ireland directed production opposite Rupert Friend, Frances Fisher and Dermot Mulroney. Chastain won the Best Actress Award at the 2008 Seattle Film Festival for this role. She stayed on stage in 2009, playing the role of Desdemona in the classic play “Othello” opposite Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Directed by Peter Sellars, the project ran beginning in Vienna, then Germany and finished in New York.

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