Creator: Jessica Chastain
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 Kate Winslet
and a young Meryl Streep
among reviewers and filmgoers.
Previously, Chastain had laboured for years in minor parts on television and in theatre, before working with Al Pacino
in a stage performance of Oscar Wilde
, 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 The Help
, the one that had made the most money
, which earned her an Academy Award
nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She netted her second Academy Award
nomination the very next year, this time for Best Leading Actress for her starring role in Zero Dark Thirty
Notable films of Jessica Chastain:
She provides examples of:
- Adorkable: Most interviews reveal her as this.
"I haven't really been following the controversy over Zero Dark Thirty
, but when it comes to torture, I trust the lady
who spent three years married to James Cameron
- And once again◊ at the 2015 Golden Globes because of Amy Poehler again as well:
- Dawson Casting: As the 16-year-old Salomé in Salomé/Wilde Salomé and as the title character in Jolene (who goes from 15 to 25 in the course of the story). She was in her very early 30s at the time.
- Fake Nationality: Judean (as Salome in Salomé), Israeli (as Rachel in The Debt), Italian (Virgilia in Coriolanus and Gia in Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted) and Irish (as Miss Julie).
- Fanservice: As called for in the plot of Salomé with her Three Minutes of Writhing (and more).
- Fiery Redhead
- Identical Stranger: Czech actress Anna Geislerova is this.
- Platonic Life Partners: With Oscar Isaac, whom she became close friends with when they studied at Julliard.
- The Shelf of Movie Languishment: Wilde Salomé, a documentary about the filming of Al Pacino's version of Oscar Wilde's Salomé (which was done as a filmed play, as it were), was actually her first film - it was shot in 2008, but not released until 2011 (and the actual film of the play wasn't released for a couple years more).