Temporary “sometimes” is the word Jessica Afif She drops when asked if she considers herself a movie star.
She admits that she has recently been tongue-tied and shy in a room full of high wattage celebrities. She’s been shopping with her lately grandmother and a girlfriend in a store, where strangers enthusiastically referred to her; Someone whispered, “I loved Help! ”
make me think, Oh, I love it when people know me!She says. “But then I think, am I? Is this my country life?”
So let’s settle the question of the stars now: the answer is at allyes she is a star. After all, it was Chastain who broke out in 2011 with six blockbuster movies, including Help. I’ve been fascinated ever since Interstellar, The Martian, Chapter Two, Molly’s Game, Zero Dark Thirty, A More Violent Year And last year’s award-winning limited series Scenes from marriage with Oscar Isaac.
As for this top-tier event that’s full of celebs? It refers to 2022 Oscars. Chastain won Best Actress for her amazing transformation as a missionary Tami Faye Bakr in Tami Fay’s eyes.
Its success was even more remarkable considering where it started. Chastain, a California native, and her four siblings were raised by her mother and a firefighter in a loving but cash-strapped home. She was going to take on some local plays, and only dreamed that one day she would pay for acting. “I grew up in a way I never would have imagined I would be invited to the party,” she says. “It affects every decision I make in terms of where I put my resources and what I do.”
With that in mind, Chastain, 45, was keen to portray the heroic character in a grip Netflix excitement The good nurse (streams Oct. 26). Inspired by real events (and 2013 book), it’s the harrowing story of how a New Jersey nurse Amy LogrinA single mother with a heart condition risks her career and uncovers the truth behind a series of mysterious deaths of patients at her hospital. It turns out that her colleague is of moderate character Charles Collin (Eddie redmayne) was responsible, and his sinister deed reached beyond what anyone could possibly comprehend.
“Amy used love and compassion to stop the spiral of violence,” Chastain says. “She doesn’t bully him and doesn’t make him feel any smaller. She just wants to know why. With everything so hot in the real crime now, that approach is the story I wanted to tell.”
Chastain is equally measured when discussing her off-screen life. She resides in New York City with her husband of five years, an Italian fashion director Gian Luca Passi de Preposoloand their two children, whom she is working to keep out of the spotlight. “I am very protective and want to make sure that they grow up in a non-intrusive environment,” she says of her children.
She is on vacation in familyIts English country home when you zoom in with procession to discuss the good (nurse)And the The bad and everything in between.
If you’re wearing a realistic Emmy shoe under these circumstances The good nurseWould you have put yourself at risk like I did?
I would like to think so. In one of my first conversations with Amy, I told her how brave she was, and she said that anyone would have tried to stop these senseless murders under the circumstances. It’s kind of generous to say about humanity.
It’s disturbing to see Eddie Redmayne in such a fearsome role. Did you two already know each other?
We once made a golden balls. And then when he did danish girl [in 2015]Everyone kept saying he looked like me. I emailed him a picture and wrote, “Bitch, stop stealing my roles!” We’ve been friends for a while.
What do you think of the true crime frenzy? Are you a fan?
Well, I grew up with her. Remember when you could turn on cable news and watch Og Simpson trial and Lorena Bobbit Experience. I think this created an appetite for true crime. But we live in an age when we amplify these acts of violence. So I’m very picky about it. I love watching shows like InvestigationHe is more the victim than the killer.
When did you start thinking seriously about acting?
In high school, we used to go on a field trip every year to Oregon Shakespeare festival. I remember seeing Marco Baricelli game Richard IIIAnd blew my mind. Then my dream became to work in a ammunition company. But I never thought it could be a possibility until I played Juliet in a local production of Romeo and Juliet And the guy who plays Romeo got into Juilliard. I believed, Well, we are no different. I’m going to audition too. That has changed everything.
I have been awarded a Juilliard Scholarship funded by Robin Williamstruly?
I got that between my junior and senior years. School was really hard at first because I was so far away [from home]And my family didn’t know how to pay for it. How do you get around the idea of someone moving to New York and studying theater full time? I took out a lot of Sallie Mae student loans in the first two years.
Your first screen credit was one episode from 2004’s ER—As a teenager, his father had a brain damage. What does this part mean?
Oh, that was huge. I was only on set for three days, but had to see the pros in action and decide what kind of pro I wanted to be. I remember watching [star] Noah Weil And I say, “Wow, he has a lot of respect from the people around him.” I was really welcomed. The hair, the costumes, and the makeup were very nice to me too, because they knew that was my first asset.
It was a decade between graduating Juilliard and really breaking through on the big screen in 2011. Was that a scary time?
I was so tired. I kept being told, “She’s a great actress, but the directors decided to go with a model.” It’s the least useful thing you can hear. I wasn’t auditioning to play a model! For a long time I thought maybe I should dye my hair and go blonde. I played a lot of psychics and victims, and that was frustrating because I Not victim.
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When can you finally exhale?
When The Pacino I was cast as Salome in a 2006 Los Angeles production of the play. I got a vixen, and that opened the door for me to play other characters.
You don’t look Help to be hacked?
This is interesting to me. She loved that character, but she plays what everyone is trained to love in actresses: bubbly, sweet, not super smart, naive, blond and boob. I see a difference when I play a character who is more of a threat to that ancient establishment in terms of how women are seen.
To this end, she played dynamic characters in hyper-drama films such as Zero Dark ThirtyAnd the Martian And the Molly’s game. Do you have the best choice among those roles?
There was a movie I called Miss Sloan [in 2016] Which I was very proud of. I hate the title. I’ll be real. But it was about a woman opposing the gun lobby, and she thought the character was cool. It disappeared from theaters, but recently started appearing on Netflix.
What are some of your favorite behind-the-scenes experiences?
I like [working with] group of people. Molly’s game It was hard because the actors love Idris Elba He will come for a week and leave. I loved making it Help. we had so much fun Martian Because we were in Budapest. Tami Fay It was so much fun because I loved working with him Andrew Garfield And the director. It’s really important that I walk the set knowing I’m going to have a good time, because work is taking me away from my family.
What do you remember most about this year The big Oscar night?
It is a blur. I flew to LA for a night just because I was filming George and Tammy [a limited series out later this year] with Mikhail Shannon. I mean, one day I was in the middle of singing “Stand by Your Man” in front of 300 extras, which is pretty stressful, and now I’m here at the Oscars. But the only nice thing is that I was nominated for it Help And the Zero Dark ThirtyPeople have always referred to me as the “Oscar-Winning Actress”. It was very awkward. Now that’s true!
You got your award after “The Slap” and Will Smith’s speech. How difficult is it to follow?
I knew there were certain things I wanted to talk about in my speech. But because of what just happened, when I got up, all I could think about was, Don’t be sentimental. I just wanted to be calm and in love because the energy in the room was so fickle. Maybe it happened the way it was supposed to, because I didn’t just think of myself.
You speak openly about social issues and have created a production company, Freckle Films, to amplify other voices. Why is it important to you?
I’m just trying to use my leverage in any way I can. Because of the way I was raised, I know there are a lot of people out there who don’t have the things I have. So I constantly try to ask myself, “What can I do? How can I live a life that contributes to others?” I want to lead every day and repay what I was given. I actually took a 17 hour train trip to Ukraine to help support some artist friends.
Do you value your achievements on a different level knowing that you have to persevere to get here?
One hundred thousand percent. I really struggled for a long time, but I wouldn’t give up on anything because it instilled in me that no matter what happens, I’m going to get through it. This feeling only came from adversity, you know? It builds character. I talk about this a lot with my friends because I raise kids, and I want them to feel safe and cared for, but I don’t want them to give them everything. You have to overcome difficulties in life. Everyone needs to struggle.
Favorite childhood movie: “fools . I loved the bond of it friendshipI loved the idea of what they accomplished as a team.”
Most Influential Actor or Actress: “In high school, I saw Ralph where in Schindler’s List And the English patientAnd I didn’t understand how one actor could play such different characters.”
Los Angeles or New York City? “I was in LA for a little while, but as soon as my movies started coming out, I went straight back to New York. It’s more my style.”
The last TV series he was immersed in: The final season of Ozark.
Reserve at the table: (He runs to get a book from the desk.)”lust by Freddy JELINK. she’s amazing. I think she won the Nobel Prize for Literature.”
Favorite song to move in the car: “LizoThe truth hurts ‘too good’.
Best advice I ever received: ‘It’s nice to be nice.’ My Lord just said that at dinner. It’s a mantra we live by.”
Halloween tradition: “I all go to a party and do trick-or-treating. We have a group of friends in New York and we all go out together. But I won’t stay past 10 p.m. listening out loud. Music. I’ll do an Irish farewell! ”
A classic movie I would like to reproduce: “I was talking to that I [Hathaway] about this! It would be fun to remake it [the 1992 black comedy] death became her. I will do either Merrill strap or Goldi mortar Function. You know, when she came out it was a huge flop. People thought it was rubbish! But I think it’s a masterpiece.”