Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1977-03-24 (44 years old) · Gender: Female · Place of Birth: Southern California, California, USA

64 Movies · 21 TV shows

Also Known As: Jessica Howard · Джессика Честейн · جيسيكا شاستاين · 제시카 채스테인 · ジェシカ・チャステイン · 杰西卡·查斯坦 · 제시카 차스테인 · Τζέσικα Τσάστεϊν · Τζέσικα Τσάστειν · Jessica Chastainová · Џесика Частејн · Cessika Çesteyn · Джессіка Честейн · Джэсіка Чэстэйн · Jessica Michelle Chastain

Biography

Jessica Michelle Chastain (born March 24, 1977) is an American actress and producer. Known for her roles in films with feminist themes, her accolades include a Golden Globe Award and nominations for two Academy Awards. Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2012.Born and raised in Sacramento, California, Chastain developed an interest in acting from an early age. In 1998, she made her professional stage debut as Shakespeare's Juliet. After studying acting at the Juilliard School, she was signed to a talent holding deal with the television producer John Wells. She was a recurring guest star in several television series, including Law & Order: Trial by Jury. She also took on roles in the stage productions of Anton Chekhov's play The Cherry Orchard in 2004 and Oscar Wilde's tragedy Salome in 2006.Chastain made her film debut in the drama Jolene (2008), and gained wide recognition in 2011 for starring roles in half a dozen films, including the dramas Take Shelter and The Tree of Life. Her performance as an aspiring socialite in The Help earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. In 2012, she won a Golden Globe Award and received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress for playing a CIA analyst in the thriller Zero Dark Thirty. Chastain made her Broadway debut in a revival of The Heiress in the same year. Her highest-grossing releases came with the science fiction films Interstellar (2014) and The Martian (2015), and the horror film It Chapter Two (2019), and she continued to receive critical acclaim for her performances in the dramas A Most Violent Year (2014), Miss Sloane (2016), and Molly's Game (2017).Chastain is the founder of the production company Freckle Films, which was created to promote diversity in film. She is vocal about mental health issues, as well as gender and racial equality. She is married to fashion executive Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo, with whom she has a daughter.

Personal Life

Despite significant media attention, Chastain remains guarded about her personal life, and chooses not to attend red carpet events with a partner. She considers herself to be a "shy" person, and in 2011 said that she enjoys domestic routines like dog-walking and playing ukulele, rather than partying. She has cited the actress Isabelle Huppert as an influence, for managing a family, while also playing "out-there roles" in film.Chastain is an animal lover, and has adopted a rescue dog. She was a pescatarian for much of her life; following health troubles she began practicing veganism. She is an investor for Beyond Meat, a meat substitutes company.In the 2000s, Chastain was in a long-term relationship with writer-director Ned Benson that ended in 2010. In 2012, she began dating Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo, an Italian count of the Passi de Preposulo noble family, who is an executive for the fashion brand Moncler. On June 10, 2017, she married Preposulo at his family's estate in Carbonera, Italy. In 2018, the couple had a daughter through surrogacy. They reside in New York City.

Early Life

Jessica Michelle Chastain was born on March 24, 1977, in Sacramento, California, to Jerri Renee Hastey (née Chastain) and rock musician Michael Monasterio. Her parents were both teenagers when she was born. Chastain is reluctant to publicly discuss her family background; she was estranged from Monasterio, and has said that no father is listed on her birth certificate. She has two sisters and two brothers. Her sister Juliet died by suicide in 2003 following years of drug addiction. Chastain was raised in Sacramento by her mother and stepfather, Michael Hastey, a fire-fighter. She has said that her stepfather was the first person to make her feel secure. She shares a close bond with her maternal grandmother, Marilyn, whom she credits as someone who "always believed in me".Chastain first developed an interest in acting at the age of seven, after her grandmother took her to a production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She would regularly put on amateur shows with other children, and considered herself to be their artistic director. As a student at the El Camino Fundamental High School in Sacramento, Chastain struggled academically. She was a loner and considered herself a misfit in school, eventually finding an outlet in the performing arts. She has described how she used to miss school to read Shakespeare, whose plays she became enamored with after attending the Oregon Shakespeare Festival with her classmates. With too many absences during her senior year in school, Chastain did not qualify for graduation, but later obtained an adult diploma. She later attended Sacramento City College from 1996 to 1997, during which she was a member of the institution's debate team. Speaking about her early childhood, Chastain has said:I [grew up] with a single mother who worked very hard to put food on our table. We did not have money. There were many nights when we had to go to sleep without eating. It was a very difficult upbringing. Things weren't easy for me growing up.In 1998, Chastain finished her education at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and made her professional stage debut as Juliet in a production of Romeo and Juliet staged by TheatreWorks, a company in the San Francisco Bay Area. The production led her to audition for the Juilliard School in New York City, where she was soon accepted and granted a scholarship funded by the actor Robin Williams. In her first year at the school, Chastain suffered from anxiety and was worried about being dropped from the program, spending most of her time reading and watching movies. She later remarked that her participation in a successful production of The Seagull during her second year helped build her confidence. She graduated from the school with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2003.

Movies & TV shows

2022.

1 Movie
The 355

The 355

2022
A group of top female agents from government agencies around the globe are trying to stop an organization from acquiring a deadly weapon and sending the world into chaos.

2021.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
The Forgiven

The Forgiven

2021
The events of a random accident on the lives of an English couple, their friends and the local Moroccans who all converge on a luxurious desert villa during a decadent weekend-long party are followed....
TV
Scenes from a Marriage

Scenes from a Marriage

2021
A chronicle of the many years of love and turmoil that bind a contemporary American couple, tracking their relationship as it progresses through a number of successive stages: matrimony, infidelity, d...
The Eyes of Tammy Faye

The Eyes of Tammy Faye

1
2021
The world's largest religious broadcasting network and a theme park were created in the 70s and 80s by Tammy and Jim Bakker, who were revered for their message of love, acceptance and prosperity.

2020.

2 Movies
Creating a Character: The Moni Yakim Legacy

Creating a Character: The Moni Yakim Legacy

2020
What do Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Patti LuPone and Alex Sharp have in common? They are but a few of the extraordinary actors who have studied under Moni Yakim at Juilliard, United States' greates...
Ava

Ava

6.6
2020
A black ops assassin is forced to fight for her life after her job goes wrong.

2019.

7 Movies
Very Ralph

Very Ralph

2019
The man behind the icon and the creation of one of the most successful brands in fashion history is revealed in the first documentary portrait.
Dark Phoenix

Dark Phoenix

5.94
2019
Jean Grey, one of the X-men, starts to spiral out of control when they face their most powerful foe. Jean was almost killed during a rescue mission in outer space. She will be infinitely more powerful...
The Summers of IT: Chapter Two

The Summers of IT: Chapter Two

10
2019
This documentary focuses on the actors and their journey over two summers to create the remake to the original IT, by Stephen King. The documentary originally released as bonus material, bundled with ...
The House Is Alive: Constructing 'Crimson Peak'

The House Is Alive: Constructing 'Crimson Peak'

2019
A newly edited, feature-length documentary with cast and crew interviews and extensive behind the scenes footage
The Summers of IT: Chapter One

The Summers of IT: Chapter One

2019
This documentary focuses on the actors and their journey over two summers to create the remake to the original IT, by Stephen King. The documentary originally released as bonus material, bundled with ...
This Changes Everything

This Changes Everything

2019
An investigative look and analysis of gender disparity in Hollywood, featuring accounts from well-known actors, executives and artists in the Industry.
It Chapter Two

It Chapter Two

6.21
2019
The former members of the Losers' Club, who have grown up and moved away from Derry, are brought back together by a phone call after 27 years.

2018.

2 Movies
Spheres

Spheres

2018
A virtual reality experience that takes you through the universe, its origins and its songs.
Woman Walks Ahead

Woman Walks Ahead

2018
Catherine Weldon, a painter from New York, traveled to North Dakota in 1890 to paint a portrait of Sitting Bull and became involved in the fight to get the government to respect the rights of the peop...

2017.

4 Movies
I am Little Red

I am Little Red

2017
An animated short aimed at children most at-risk for sex trafficking (e.g. foster-care, runaway, LBGTQ, homeless, and adopted children), with the goal of prevention and awareness.
The Zookeeper's Wife

The Zookeeper's Wife

7
2017
The account of the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Jan and Antonina Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the Nazi invasion.
I Am Jane Doe

I Am Jane Doe

2017
Several American mothers are fighting on behalf of their middle-school daughters, victims of sex-trafficking on Backpage.com, the adult section that for years was part of the Village Voice.
Molly's Game

Molly's Game

6.43
2017
Molly Bloom, a young skier and former Olympic hopeful, is a target of an FBI investigation when she establishes a high-stakes, international poker game.

2016.

9 Movies · 1 TV show
Ares III: Refocused

Ares III: Refocused

2016
Some of the actors from the movie are in this fakedocumentary about the rescue of Mark Watney.
The Huntsman: Winter's War

The Huntsman: Winter's War

6.53
2016
As two evil sisters prepare to conquer the land, Eric the Huntsman, who aided Snow White in defeating Ravenna in Snowwhite and the Huntsman, and his forbidden lover, Sara, set out to stop them.
TV
Chelsea

Chelsea

2016
It's not her first talk show, but it is the first of its kind. She likes ideas, people and places in her unique style.
Beware of Crimson Peak

Beware of Crimson Peak

2016
Tom Hiddleston leads us on a tour of the set.
Hand Tailored Gothic

Hand Tailored Gothic

2016
A look at the costume design for Crimson Peak.
Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour

Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour

2016
She performs in packed arenas around the globe. Madonna's signature visual acrobatics, exquisite costumes and awe-inspiring choreography are showcased in new hits and beloved classics. With exclusive ...
The Light and Dark of Crimson Peak

The Light and Dark of Crimson Peak

2016
A behind the scenes look at the colors and themes of Crimson Peak.
I Remember Crimson Peak

I Remember Crimson Peak

2016
Four segments that breakdown the filmmaking process of Crimson Peak.
The Long Way Home: Making 'The Martian'

The Long Way Home: Making 'The Martian'

2016
A long form documentary on the making of Ridley Scott's film, "The Martian," featuring interviews with its cast and crew.
Miss Sloane

Miss Sloane

5.5
2016
The lobbyist is trying to pass gun control legislation.

2015.

4 Movies · 3 TV shows
The Martian

The Martian

6.76
2015
During a manned mission to Mars, Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. Watney is alone and stranded on a hostile planet. He must use his ingenuity, wit and spi...
Crimson Peak

Crimson Peak

6.54
2015
In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between her love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. As she tries to escape the ghosts of her past, s...
TV
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

1
2015
Stephen Colbert is leaving his "The Colbert Report" character to make his long-awaited return to television. As the host of The Late Show franchise redux -- taped at the historic Ed Sullivan Theatre a...
TV
Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter

Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter

2015
Some of this year's most talked about talent open up about the challenges and triumphs of creating critically acclaimed series and performances.
Unity

Unity

2015
The advent of science, literature, technology, philosophy, religion, and so on has not mitigated humankind from killing one another, the animals, and nature. We can't seem to get along in this film.
Inside Interstellar

Inside Interstellar

2015
Cast and crew of Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' discuss project origins, the film's imagery, ambitions, incorporating IMAX footage, the human element within the film, arm shooting locations outsid...
TV
ARES: live

ARES: live

2015
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on t...

2014.

8 Movies · 1 TV show
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them

7.33
2014
A New York couple's relationship is tested after the death of their child. There were two volumes shown at the festival.
A Most Violent Year

A Most Violent Year

6.15
2014
A thriller set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically one of the most violent years in the city's history, and centered on the lives of an immigrant and his family trying to expand ...
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him

8
2014
The story of a couple trying to get their life and love back is told from the male perspective.
TV
Off Camera with Sam Jones

Off Camera with Sam Jones

2014
Sam Jones sits down with the professionals of television and movies, and other celebrities, to discuss their development before fame, their passions beyond their careers, and gives them a space to ope...
Interstellar

Interstellar

7.16
2014
The adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her

6
2014
The story of a couple trying to get their life and love back is told from the female perspective.
Scripted Content

Scripted Content

2014
Matthew Frost made a short film for Vogue.
Interstellar: Nolan's Odyssey

Interstellar: Nolan's Odyssey

2014
There is a look behind Christopher Nolan's space epic.
Miss Julie

Miss Julie

2014
In 1890, the daughter of the Anglo-Irish aristocracy encouraged her father's valet to seduce her.

2013.

5 Movies
Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy

Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy

2013
Affirmative of President John F. Kennedy's presidency was marked by 21 of the hundreds of thousands of letters written to his widow. The book is based on Ellen Fitzpatrick.
Seduced and Abandoned

Seduced and Abandoned

2013
SEDUCED ANDABANDONED is a comedy starring Alec Baldwin and James Toback and is about raising financing for their next film. The two players give us a unique look behind the curtain at the world's bigg...
Mama

Mama

5.93
2013
The story of two little girls who disappeared into the woods the day that their parents were killed is told in Mama. When they are rescued years later and start a new life, someone still wants to tuck...
Wilde Salomé

Wilde Salomé

2013
Oscar Wilde's most controversial work, "SOME", a tale of lust, greed and one woman's scorn, is re-interpreted by Al Capone as he takes us on a journey.
Salomé

Salomé

2013
Salomé was filmed over 5 days in 2011, but has yet to be widely released. It is a part of a double feature on the Oscar Wilde short play "Salomé", together with the Venice-shown documentary "Wilde Sal...

2012.

4 Movies
The Color of Time

The Color of Time

2012
A road trip through the life of a Pulitzer prize winning writer.
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

6.3
2012
Alex, Marty, Melman, and Gloria are trying to return to New York's Central Park Zoo. They had to take a detour to Europe to find the penguins and chimp who broke the bank. Alex and company are forced ...
Lawless

Lawless

7.33
2012
In Franklin County, Virginia, a bootlegging gang is in danger of being taken over by authorities who want a cut of their profits.
Zero Dark Thirty

Zero Dark Thirty

4.33
2012
A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. The team was in May of 2011.

2011.

7 Movies
Touch of Evil

Touch of Evil

2011
There is a video gallery of cinematic villainy in the New York Times Magazine.
Exploring The Tree of Life

Exploring The Tree of Life

2011
There is a documentary on the making of "The Tree of Life".
Take Shelter

Take Shelter

5
2011
Plagued by visions of a storm, a young husband and father wondered if they should shelter their family or themselves.
The Help

The Help

7.29
2011
Aibileen Clark is a middle-aged African-American maid who has spent her life raising white children and has recently lost her only son; Minny Jackson is an African-American maid who has often offended...
Texas Killing Fields

Texas Killing Fields

2011
A cop from New York City teams up with a detective from Texas to investigate a series of murders.
Coriolanus

Coriolanus

3.5
2011
Coriolanus, also known as Caius Martius, is an arrogant and fearsome general who protects Rome from its enemies. Coriolanus was pushed by his mother to seek the position of consul and is unpopular wit...
The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life

6.29
2011
There was an impressionistic story of a Texas family in the 1950s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he ...

2010.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Conan

Conan

8.14
2010
The talk show was hosted by O'Brien.
The Debt

The Debt

6
2010
The Surgeon of Birkenau, a notorious Nazi war criminal, was killed on the streets of East Berlin after Rachel Singer, a former Mossad agent, tried to capture him. After 30 years, a man claims to be th...

2009.

1 Movie
Stolen

Stolen

2009
There are striking similarities between the murder of a child and the disappearance of a child.

2008.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis

Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis

6
2008
There is a comedy series on the internet called Between Two Ferns withZach Galifianakis. As the title suggests, the set for the show resembles a low-budget amateur production. He has an awkward demean...
Jolene

Jolene

2008
A teenage orphan is traveling for ten years.

2007.

2 TV shows
TV
The Graham Norton Show

The Graham Norton Show

9.5
2007
GrahamNorton talks about what's happening. The guests are talking. Graham is playing an instrument.
TV
Journeyman

Journeyman

2007
The mystery-drama revolves around a newspaper reporter named Dan Vasser who suddenly begins to travel through time to change the lives of people around him. Life with his wife gets interesting when he...

2006.

2 TV shows
TV
Blackbeard

Blackbeard

10
2006
1717 in Bristol, England. In order to restore safe passage to the sea lanes, Lieutenant Robert Maynard of the Royal Navy scouts the seas. He met his match when he was taken by a pirate off the Island ...
TV
El hormiguero 3.0

El hormiguero 3.0

5
2006
The live audience of El Hormiguero is interested in comedy, science, and politics. It is hosted by a writer. The show was broadcasted on Spain's Cuatro channel. Luis Piedrahita, Marron, and "The Man i...

2005.

1 TV show
TV
Law & Order: Trial by Jury

Law & Order: Trial by Jury

2005
"Law & Order: Trial by Jury" shows the inner workings of the judicial system, beginning with the arraignment, and continuing through the prosecutors' complicated process of building a case, investigat...

2004.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Dark Shadows

Dark Shadows

2004
The pilot of a remake of the 60s gothic soap opera was never picked up by The WB.
TV
Veronica Mars

Veronica Mars

5.81
2004
In the fictional town of Neptune, California, a student named Veronica Mars progresses from high school to college while working as a private investigator under the guidance of her detective father.

1996.

1 TV show
TV
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

5.67
1996
The biggest stories in news, politics and pop culture are tackled by The World's Fakest News Team.

1994.

1 TV show
TV
ER

ER

5.68
1994
Critical issues faced by the dedicated physicians and staff of the overburdened emergency room were explored in the inner workings of an urban teaching hospital.

1989.

1 TV show
TV
Agatha Christie's Poirot

Agatha Christie's Poirot

6.24
1989
From England to Egypt, accompanied by his elegant and trustworthy sidekicks, the intelligent yet eccentrically-refined Belgian detective Hercule Poirot pits his wits against a collection of first clas...

1988.

1 TV show
TV
LIVE with Kelly and Ryan

LIVE with Kelly and Ryan

1988
A morning talk show with A-list celebrity guests, top-notch performances and one-of-a-kind segments are unparalleled on daytime television.

1975.

1 TV show
TV
Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live

6.36
1975
A late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels. The show's comedy sketches, which parody contemporary culture and politics, are performed by a large and varying ...

1966.

1 TV show

Unknown Year.

5 Movies · 1 TV show
Mothers' Instinct

Mothers' Instinct

Both successful husbands and sons of the same age live in an idyllic traditional lifestyle with manicured lawns. Life's perfect harmony is shattered after a tragic accident. As the maternal instinct r...
The Nine Months

The Nine Months

The deaths of hundreds of hospital patients were caused by caregivers.
TV
George & Tammy

George & Tammy

George Jones and Tammy Wynette had a relationship that inspired songs such as "We're Gonna Hold On" and "Golden Ring".
Funny Birds

Funny Birds

A chamber comedy-drama revolving around 3 women from different generations who meet up again in tragic circumstances and must live together for a whole year.
Painkiller Jane

Painkiller Jane

Jane Vasko is a New York City street cop who gets recruited by the FBI to investigate a major NYC drug and human trafficking ring. Jane has an advantage during a near death experience. With nothing to...
The Division

The Division

The city of New York will be wiped out by a virus on Black Friday in the near future. Society has descended into chaos by Christmas. A group of civilians, trained to operate in catastrophic times, are...
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