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If you had asked who Jessica Chastain was in 2010, cinephiles would have had no ready answer. If you asked the same question in 2012, the results would be very different. The intervening year saw no less than seven films featuring her, and transformed her into the personification of the breakout actress, and invited comparisons to both KateWinslet and a young MerylStreep among reviewers and filmgoers.

Previously, Chastain had laboured for years in minor parts on television and in theatre, before working with AlPacino in a stage performance of OscarWilde's ''Salome'', where she played the title character. More roles followed, and due to a number of release delays, Chastain ended up having a very busy 2011 indeed, to the point where critics were split over which of her many performances was most deserving of recognition. The ultimate winner was ''TheHelp'', [[PopularityPower the one that had made the most money]], which earned her an AcademyAward nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She netted her second AcademyAward nomination the very next year, this time for Best Leading Actress for her starring role in ''ZeroDarkThirty''.


!!Notable films of Jessica Chastain:
* ''Jolene'' (2008)
* ''Literature/MurderOnTheOrientExpress'' (2010 TV adaptation)
* ''[[Film/TheDebt The Debt]]'' (2011)
* ''TheTreeOfLife'' (2011)
* ''{{Coriolanus}}'' (2011)
* ''TheHelp'' (2011)
* ''TakeShelter'' (2011)
* ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}} Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted]]'' (2012) (voice)
* ''Film/{{Lawless}}'' (2012)
* ''Film/ZeroDarkThirty'' (2012)
* ''Film/{{Mama}}'' (2013)
* ''Film/MissJulie'' (2014)
* ''Film/AMostViolentYear'' (2014)
* ''Film/TheDisappearanceOfEleanorRigby'' (2014)
* ''Film/{{Interstellar}}'' (2014)
* ''Film/CrimsonPeak'' (2015)

!!She provides examples of:
* {{Adorkable}}: Most interviews reveal her as this.
** Her [[http://111.imagebam.com/download/XQOwI6-KevCNNME4UetPpg/34106/341054153/Jessica%20Chastain.gif reaction]] to this joke told by AmyPoehler at the 2013 Golden Globes:
-->"I haven't really been following the controversy over ''ZeroDarkThirty'', but when it comes to torture, I trust the [[KathrynBigelow lady]] who spent three years married to JamesCameron!"
* FakeNationality: Israeli (as Salome in ''Wilde Salome'' and Rachel in ''Film/TheDebt'') and Italian (Virgilia in ''Coriolanus'').
* FieryRedhead
* IdenticalStranger: Czech actress Anna Geislerova is this.
* PlatonicLifePartners: With Oscar Isaac, whom she became close friends with when they studied at Julliard.