Jessica Chastain

With her piercing gaze and a commanding presence, it came as no surprise that Jessica Chastain went from being a relative newcomer to acting in high-profile roles opposite seasoned actors like Brad Pitt and Helen Mirren ... Read more »
Born: 03/28/1977 in Sacramento, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (45)

Crimson Peak 2015 (Movie)

Lucille Sharpe (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

The 87th Annual Academy Awards 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Martian 2015 (Movie)

Melissa Lewis (Actor)

The Voyage of Time 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Most Violent Year 2014 (Movie)

Anna Morales (Actor)

Blonde 2014 (Movie)

Marilyn Monroe (Actor)

Conan 2011, 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Interstellar 2014 (Movie)

Murph (Actor)

Miss Julie 2014 (Movie)

Miss Julie (Actor)

Salomé 2014 (Movie)

Salome (Actor)

The Color of Time 2014 (Movie)

Mrs. Williams (Actor)

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby 2014 (Movie)

Eleanor Rigby (Actor)

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her 2014 (Movie)

Eleanor Rigby (Actor)

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her/Him 2014 (Movie)

Eleanor Rigby (Actor)

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him 2014 (Movie)

Eleanor Rigby (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2012 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Wilde Salome 2014 (Movie)

Salome/Herself (Actor)

Mama 2013 (Movie)

Annabel (Actor)

The 85th Annual Academy Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Women's Concert for Change: Live From London 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

Lawless 2012 (Movie)

Maggie Beauford (Actor)

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted 2012 (Movie)

Gia (Actor)

The 2012 Independent Spirit Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 66th Annual Tony Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

Zero Dark Thirty 2012 (Movie)

Maya (Actor)

Coriolanus 2011 (Movie)

Virgilia (Actor)

Take Shelter 2011 (Movie)

Samantha LaForche (Actor)

Texas Killing Fields 2011 (Movie)

Pam Stall (Actor)

The Debt 2011 (Movie)

Young Rachel (Actor)

The Help 2011 (Movie)

Celia Foote (Actor)

The Tree of Life 2011 (Movie)

Mrs O'Brien (Actor)

Jolene 2010 (Movie)

Jolene (Actor)

Stolen 2010 (Movie)

Sally Ann (Actor)

Journeyman 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Blackbeard 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Close to Home 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Evidence 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Trial by Jury 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

ER 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Veronica Mars 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Blackbeard (Movie)

(Actor)
Producer (2)

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

With her piercing gaze and a commanding presence, it came as no surprise that Jessica Chastain went from being a relative newcomer to acting in high-profile roles opposite seasoned actors like Brad Pitt and Helen Mirren seemingly overnight. The classically trained actress jumpstarted her career with appearances on hit television dramas, before landing the lead role in "Jolene" (2008), which centered on a brave woman's 10-year journey across America. Chastain then made a huge leap onto the big screen with a memorable performance as a morally conflicted Nazi hunter in 1960s Berlin in the thriller, "The Debt" (2010). The following year, Chastain became a near constant presence on the festival circuit and a critical darling with lauded performances in Terrence Malick's meditation on the meaning of existence "The Tree of Life" (2011), the hugely successful adaptation of the novel "The Help" (2011), the disturbing psychodrama "Take Shelter" (2011) and the critically hailed action thriller "Zero Dark Thirty" (2012). These prestigious efforts, made by some of cinema's most acclaimed filmmakers and alongside some of the brightest stars, marked only the beginning for the exceptionally talented Chastain.

Relationships

Marilyn

Grandmother
Accompanied her to 2012 Academy Awards

Juliet

Sister
Died at age 24

Jerri Chastain

Mother

Michael Hastey

Father

Gian Passi de Preposulo

Companion
Chastain confirmed relationship Feb. 12, 2013 on "Katie"

EDUCATION

The Juilliard School

New York , New York 2003

El Camino Fundamental High School

Sacramento , California 1995

Milestones

2013

Co-starred with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in horror feature "Mama"

2012

Co-starred with Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy in Prohibition-era Western "Lawless"

2012

Made Broadway debut in "The Heiress," based on Henry James novel Washington Square

2012

Starred as a CIA analyst in Kathryn Bigelow directed "Zero Dark Thirty," based on the hunt for Osama bin Laden

2012

Cast as Virgilia in the feature adaptation of Shakespeare's "Coriolanus," directed by Ralph Fiennes

2012

Voiced character of Gia in "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted"

2011

Played a young version of Helen Mirren's character, a Mossad agent who hunted down a former Nazi doctor in 1960s East Germany, in "The Debt"

2011

Co-starred with Michael Shannon in "Take Shelter"

2011

Landed featured role in the drama "The Help," based on Kathryn Stockett’s 2009 novel

2011

Cast as Brad Pitt’s wife in Terence Malick’s "The Tree of Life"

2010

Reprised title character in "Wilde Salome," based on Oscar Wilde’s 1891 tragic play, directed by and co-starring Al Pacino

2008

Made film debut as the title role in "Jolene"

2006

Played opposite Al Pacino in Oscar Wilde's controversial play "Salome" at the Wadsworth Theatre in Los Angeles, CA

2005

Played recurring role of an assistant DA named Sigrun Borg on NBC’s "Law & Order: Trial by Jury"

2004

Cast as Anya in the Williamstown Theatre Festival production of "The Cherry Orchard"

2004

Appeared on the shows "ER" (NBC) and "Veronica Mars" (UPN)

During senior year at Juilliard, signed a contract with television producer John Wells to appear on some of his shows

Bonus Trivia

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"I'm a very superstitious person. I'm walking onto the plane and my feet are on the lip of the plane. I have to do it every time before I fly...It started out because I was in New York on September 11. I freaked out and was terrified to fly. I used to do a little prayer outside the plane, and now I put my hands and my feet on the plane, and I think it'll be okay." – Chastain to Michael Shannon, Interview magazine, December 2011/January 2012

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"I'm the unknown everyone's already sick of." – Chastain quoted in Vanity Fair, September 2012

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