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Chastain

Biography

Among numerous musical tasks spearheaded by indefatigable guitarist David T. Chastain, the rock music group that bears his name is a fixture in America’s underground steel picture for over 2 decades, but offers hardly ever reared its mind aboveground. First created in 1984, in Cincinnati, Ohio, Chastain was instantly authorized to the shred-loving Shrapnel label, and in addition featured ex-Rude Lady vocalist Natural leather Leone, bassist Mike Skimmerhorn, and long term Cinderella drummer Fred Coury. This quartet performed on Chastain’s debut, Secret of Illusion, later on that 12 months, but sub-standard creation values seriously hindered its potential customers in an progressively refined rock marketplace. Far better was 1986’s Ruler from the Wasteland, that was documented with Coury’s successor Ken Mary and, alongside 1987’s The Seventh of By no means, is still regarded as by many to become Chastain’s finest hour. New bassist David Harbour produced his debut on 1988’s remarkably lackluster Voice from the Cult, where time Chastain appeared to be just going right through the movements; and 1990’s likewise disappointing For individuals who Dare noticed one John Luke Hebert updating Mary, who was simply off to become listed on Alice Cooper). As though on cue, grunge required over inside a big method through the early 90’s, traveling heavy metal in to the cellar, and David Chastain into additional single pursuits. It wasn’t until 1995 a fresh Chastain album, Ill Society, would surface area, and although the band’s fundamental metallic sound remained undamaged, both it and 1997’s In Dementia included a new-line-up curved out by vocalist Kate French, bassist Kevin Kekes, and previous Problems drummer Dennis Lesh. This second arriving was to be always a brief one, nevertheless, and Chastain would once more vanish for quite some time before finally coming back with 2004’s Within an Outrage album.

Quick Facts


Height 1.63 m
Profession Actor, Film producer
Education Juilliard School, Sacramento City College
Nationality American
Spouse Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo
Parents Michael Monasterio, Jerri Chastain
Siblings Will Chastain, Laci Smoot, Juliet Chastain, Nicole Monasterio
Awards Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Drama, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble, Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture, Critics' Choice MVP Award, New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress, Satellite Award for Best Ensemble – Motion Picture, National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress, National Board of Review Award for Best Actress, National Board of Review Award for Best Cast, Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Music Songs Angel of Mercy, For Those Who Dare, The Voice of the Cult, Evil Awaits Us, The Battle of Nevermore, There Will Be Justice, Child of Evermore, One Day to Live, The King Has the Power, Surrender to No One, I Am Sin, The Wicked Are Restless, Fighting to Stay Alive, When the Battle's Over, We Must Carry On, Bullet From a Gun, Children of Eden, Share Yourself with Me, Living in a Dreamworld, Night of the Gods, I've Seen Tomorrow, We Bleed Metal, Take Me Back in Time, Soldiers of the Flame, Live Hard, The Mountain Whispers, Night of Anger, The 7th of Never, It's Too Late for Yesterday, Deep Down in the Darkness, Feel His Magic, Please Set Us Free
Albums Ruler of the Wasteland, The Voice of the Cult, The 7th of Never, For Those Who Dare, Mystery of Illusion, Sick Society, In an Outrage, We Bleed Metal, Surrender to No One, In Dementia, The Reign of Leather, Next Planet Please, We Bleed Metal 17, The 7th & The Voice, Wicked Riffs 8790
Nominations Academy Award for Best Actress, Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actress, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female, MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo, MTV Movie Award for Best Scared-As-Shit Performance, Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Liplock, Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Performance, Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: Drama, New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress, Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture, Empire Award for Best Actress, AACTA International Award for Best Actress, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
Movies Miss Sloane, Zero Dark Thirty, Interstellar, The Help, The Martian, The Zookeeper's Wife, Crimson Peak, A Most Violent Year, The Huntsman: Winter's War, Mama, The Tree of Life, The Debt, Lawless, Miss Julie, Take Shelter, Texas Killing Fields, Coriolanus, Jolene, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, Molly's Game, Wilde Salomé, The Color of Time, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her, Stolen, Woman Walks Ahead, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, I am Jane Doe, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them, Blackbeard, Salomé, Seduced and Abandoned, Blonde, X-Men: Dark Phoenix
TV Shows The Martian: Extras, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: Extras


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1 She and her former roommate and good friend, actress Michelle Williams, were nominated for Oscars the same year (2012).
2 She filmed A Most Violent Year (2014), and had to fly back and forth to New York to play an American, in detail, a gangster's daughter in the 80s, while she was playing an early 20th century English Victorian woman in Crimson Peak (2015), a huge difference and versatility.
3 After Javier Bardem left A Most Violent Year (2014) she wrote director J.C. Chandor an impassioned three page letter asking him to consider Oscar Isaac for the lead role. Chandor replied back almost immediately with an email saying he was already considering Isaac.
4 Director Guillermo del Toro gave her the script for Crimson Peak (2015) after working with her on Mama (2013) and thought she would play the lead role, Edith. After reading the script Chastain asked to play the character of Lucille, which she thought as more interesting and challenging which del Toro agreed to.
5 Appeared on Vulture's 100 Most Valuable Stars of 2015 list at #86 for 2015.
6 For A Most Violent Year (2014), she thought that her character, Anna Morales, would only wear Armani and wrote to the fashion house to request that they lend their costumes to the film. They obliged, therefore every outfit that her character wears is vintage Armani from 1981.
7 Learned the piano for Crimson Peak (2015) and performed all songs in the movie by herself.
8 Celebrated her birthday, while filming Crimson Peak (2015) in Toronto and invited a few close friends to her party, among the guests was Tom Hiddleston, with whom she did "ping-pong matches, crazy dancing, and karaoke", as both revealed in an interview.
9 Christopher Nolan sent an assistant to Ireland, where she was filming Miss Julie (2014), with a script for Interstellar (2014) watermarked with Chastain's name. Chastain was not allowed to keep the script after she read it.
10 Appeared on Vulture's 100 Most Valuable Stars of 2014 list at #77 for 2014.
11 Often mistaken for Bryce Dallas Howard. In June 2015, Chastain posted a video of Howard on her Instagram account lip-syncing to the song "I am not Jessica Chastain", from a video created by YouTube user legolambs called "JESSICA CHASTAIN: The Musical (Bryce Dallas Howard)" (also released in June 2015).
12 Is a fan of Marion Cotillard and has publicly expressed her desire to work with her.
13 Told indiewire in December 2014 that she considers herself a feminist.
14 Father, Michael Monasterio, was a rock musician. Stepfather, Michael Hastey, is a firefighter. Mother, Jerri, is a home-maker.
15 Considers her stepfather, Michael Hastey, as her real father, since she was estranged from her biological father, Michael Monasterio, all her life.
16 Refuses to discuss her true age with the public. She considers acknowledging her true age as limiting her choices and offers of acting roles.
17 "Chastain" is her mother's maiden name.
18 As of 2016, has appeared in four films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: The Tree of Life (2011), The Help (2011), Zero Dark Thirty (2012) and The Martian (2015).
19 Some of her favorite classic actresses are Clara Bow, Greta Garbo and Greer Garson.
20 Had a 4 year relationship with director Ned Benson.
21 Was ranked #32 on Ask Men's list of Top 99 Women of 2014.
22 Jessica is of one quarter Spanish/Basque, as well as of one eighth Greek, descent, with the remainder of her ancestry including English, German, French, Dutch, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), and Scottish. Two of Jessica's paternal great-grandparents, Antonio Astoreca Monasterio and Ramona Egurrola Basañez, were Spanish/Basque immigrants. One of her paternal great-grandfathers, Ernest John Thomas (originally "Anastaciou"), was Greek.
23 She stated her interest in appearing in a movie directed by Michael Haneke.
24 She's a fan of Breaking Bad (2008).
25 Was voted "Sexiest Woman In The World" by the Hungarian magazine Periodika. (2013).
26 Debuted on Vulture's 100 Most Valuable Stars of 2013 list at #75 for 2013.
27 Interviewed Marion Cotillard for Elle's Women In Hollywood issue. (2013).
28 Appeared on the Elle Annual Hollywood Power list. (2013).
29 Appeared on the Entertainment Weekly list "New Hollywood: Entertainers on the Rise" (2013).
30 She was noticed at Juilliard by actress Marthe Keller, who recommended her to Al Pacino. He then cast her in the lead role of Salome in his play 'Salome' and his long-awaited epic movie of the same name.
31 Was ranked at #23 on Empire's The 100 Sexiest Movie Stars list. (2013).
32 Ned Benson wrote parts of script on the set of The Tree of Life (2011) where he would go to visit Chastain hoping to be inspired by Terrence Malick's filmmaking process.
33 Ned Benson wrote the part of Eleanor Rigby specifically for her.
34 She first met Ned Benson at a festival screening of Four Lean Hounds (2003). She asked if she could work with him, later leading to her starring in his short The Westerner (2010) and the Eleanor Rigby films.
35 "The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11" by Lawrence Wright and "Osama Bin Laden" by Michael Scheuer are two of the many books she researched in preparation for her role as CIA operative Maya in Zero Dark Thirty (2012).
36 Has permanently saved a voice mail from director Kathryn Bigelow in which she learned she had been chosen to play the role of Maya in Zero Dark Thirty (2012). The message came on November 21, 2011 at 1:04 p.m.
37 Kathryn Bigelow decided to offer the lead role of Maya to her after seeing an early cut of Coriolanus (2011). Her agents originally declined the role of Maya for her in Zero Dark Thirty (2012). Producer Megan Ellison, who had worked with Chastain on Lawless (2012), gave Kathryn Bigelow Chastain's phone number so she could personally offer her the role. Chastain accepted.
38 Has starred alongside Jason Clarke in 3 movies: Texas Killing Fields (2011), Lawless (2012) and Zero Dark Thirty (2012).
39 Was named one of the "The Top 10 Style Stars of the Year" by People magazine in 2013.
40 Was awarded the Nova Award at the 2013 Maui Film Festival for the "range of characters she has brought to life in her chameleon-like silver screen performances".
41 Was ranked #72 in Maxim Magazine's Hot 100 of 2013 list.
42 Was named the Sexiest Actress by Victoria Secret's "What Is Sexy" list in 2013.
43 Is in a relationship with Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo since February 2013.
44 Had a younger sister, Juliet (b. 1978), who committed suicide in 2003.
45 (February 5, 2013) Her estranged father, Michael Monasterio, passed away at age 55 due to complications from bronchitis.
46 Based her performance of Annabel in Mama (2013) on Crystal Castles singer Alice Glass.
47 Holds the distinction of twice appearing in the top two films at the American box office in one weekend. This occurred on the weekend of 18-21 January 2013, when Zero Dark Thirty (2012) dropped to the number two position as her other film, Mama (2013), ascended to the top spot. This made Chastain the first woman in nearly 50 years to have the leading role in the top two films at the box office. This also occurred on the weekend of 2-4 September 2011, when The Help (2011) was the number one film in America, and another film starring Chastain, The Debt (2010), took the number two position, though her roles in these two films were supporting ones.
48 Was ranked #5 on the Forbes list of Best Dressed Women Of 2012.
49 Was ranked #76 on Ask Men's list of Top 99 Women of 2013.
50 Purchased a Greenwich Village co-op apt. for $1.2 million to live in while on Broadway during the run of "The Heiress". (2012).
51 Was in consideration for the role of Annabel Richter in A Most Wanted Man (2014), but Rachel McAdams was cast instead.
52 Runner-up for Esquire magazine's Sexiest Woman Alive. (2012).
53 Named one of the Top 25 Style Icons of The Season by the UK's Stylist Magazine. (2012).
54 For her role in The Help (2011), she modeled her character and her high-pitched voice after the mother of author Kathryn Stockett and visited Sugar Ditch, Tennessee, in preparation for the role of Celia Foote.
55 Completed work on The Color of Time (2012) in one day.
56 Had a supporting role in To the Wonder (2012), but her performance wound up being removed from the final cut.
57 Topped Vanity Fair's International Best-Dressed List for women (2012).
58 Debuted as #82 on the Most Beautiful Famous Faces by The Annual Independent Critics List of the 100 Most Beautiful Famous Faces From Around the World.
59 Was originally cast in Oblivion (2013) as Julia but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts.
60 Was originally cast in Diana (2013) as Princess Diana but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts.
61 Plays the ukulele.
62 Ralph Fiennes is her favorite actor.
63 The English Patient (1996) is her favorite film.
64 The Sopranos (1999) is her favorite television show.
65 One of 176 people invited to join AMPAS in 2012.
66 Is a vegan and was named PETA's 2012 sexiest vegetarian (June 28, 2012).
67 Was originally cast in Iron Man Three (2013) as Maya Hansen but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts.
68 (June 8, 2012) Named the ambassador for Manifesto, the Yves Saint Laurent fragrance.
69 Her grandmother took her to see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat when she was just 7 years old, sparking the early acting bug in her. Her grandmother, Marilyn, was introduced to the world when she accompanied Jessica to the 2012 Academy Awards.
70 Learned German and Krav Maga for The Debt (2010).
71 A devout yoga disciple.
72 Good friends with Michael Urie. They were both members of the Juilliard School's Drama Division's Group 32.
73 Was once roommates with Michelle Williams They were both nominated for Oscars in 2012 and have remained good friends.
74 Was ranked #86 on Ask Men's list of Top 99 Women of 2012.
75 Was awarded the inaugural Gucci Award for Women in Cinema for The Tree of Life (2011).
76 Was awarded at the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards with the Calvin Klein Collection's Emerging Star Spotlight Award.
77 Won the Next Future Icon award at The Elle Style Awards in 2012.
78 Was named the Sexiest Smile by Victoria Secret's "What Is Sexy" list in 2012.
79 Owns a three-legged dog named Chaplin.
80 Was named on the list of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world for 2012.
81 Attended El Camino Fundamental High School in Sacramento, California, but later dropped out. One of her classmates was Mandisa Hundley.
82 Her idols are Isabelle Huppert, Tilda Swinton, Cate Blanchett, Emily Watson, Julianne Moore and Marion Cotillard.
83 Was personally handpicked by Al Pacino to play opposite him as the title character of the play 'Salome'. Pacino later recommended her to Terrence Malick, who gave her an audition for The Tree of Life (2011).
84 In order to gain weight for the role of Celia Foote in The Help (2011), she ate soy ice cream melted in the microwave.
85 Before her film career, she toured in a stage production of "Othello" with Philip Seymour Hoffman.
86 One of five children of a fireman stepfather and a vegan-chef mother with a food truck. Jessica was the first member of her family to attend college.
87 Attended the drama division of The Juilliard School in New York City and was in the graduating class of her best friend, Jess Weixler.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
George and Tammy 2018 pre-production Tammy Wynette
The Death and Life of John F. Donovan 2018 post-production Moira McCallister-King
The Division 2018 announced
Molly's Game 2017 post-production Molly Bloom
Woman Walks Ahead 2017 post-production Catherine Weldon
Painkiller Jane announced
The Zookeeper's Wife 2017 Antonina Zabinski
Miss Sloane 2016 Elizabeth Sloane
Animals. 2016 TV Series Sarah
The Huntsman: Winter's War 2016 Sara
Ares III: Farewell 2016 Video short Melissa Lewis
Ares III: The Right Stuff 2016 Video short Melissa Lewis
Crimson Peak 2015 Lucille Sharpe
The Martian 2015 Melissa Lewis
A Most Violent Year 2014 Anna Morales
Interstellar 2014 Murph
Miss Julie 2014 Miss Julie
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them 2014 Eleanor Rigby
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her 2013 Eleanor Rigby
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him 2013 Eleanor Rigby
Salomé 2013 Salome
Mama 2013/I Annabel
Zero Dark Thirty 2012 Maya
The Color of Time 2012/II Mrs. Williams
Lawless 2012 Maggie Beaufort
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted 2012 Gia (voice)
Touch of Evil 2011 Short The Fire Starter
Texas Killing Fields 2011 Pam Stall
Wilde Salomé 2011 Documentary Salome
The Help 2011 Celia Foote
The Tree of Life 2011 Mrs. O'Brien
Coriolanus 2011 Virgilia
Take Shelter 2011 Samantha
The Westerner 2010 Short Daniel's Mother
The Debt 2010/I Young Rachel
Agatha Christie's Poirot 2010 TV Series Mary Debenham
Stolen 2009 Sally Ann
Jolene 2008 Jolene
Journeyman 2007 TV Series Tanna Bloom
Blackbeard 2006 TV Mini-Series Charlotte Ormand
The Evidence 2006 TV Series Laura Green
Close to Home 2006 TV Series Casey Wirth
Law & Order: Trial by Jury 2005-2006 TV Series A.D.A. Sigrun Borg
Dark Shadows 2005 TV Movie Carolyn Stoddard
Veronica Mars 2004 TV Series Sarah Williams
ER 2004 TV Series Dahlia Taslitz

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Painkiller Jane producer announced
The Zookeeper's Wife 2017 executive producer
I am Jane Doe 2017 Documentary executive producer
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them 2014 producer
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her 2013 producer
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him 2013 producer
The Westerner 2010 Short producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Inside 'Interstellar' 2015 Video documentary special thanks
Shadow Boxer 2012 Short very special thanks
Exploring 'The Tree of Life' 2011 Video documentary short special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Today 2012-2017 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself
I am Jane Doe 2017 Documentary Narrator
The 74th Golden Globe Awards 2017 TV Special documentary Herself - Presenter
Weekend Today 2016 TV Series Herself
Made in Hollywood 2011-2016 TV Series Herself
Chelsea 2016 TV Series Herself
Extra 2014-2016 TV Series Herself
The Late Late Show with James Corden 2016 TV Series Herself
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2013-2016 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself
The Huntsman: Winter's War - The Power of Women 2016 Video short Herself
Winter's Vistas: The Making of The Huntsman: Winter's War 2016 Video documentary short Herself
The Long Way Home: Making the Martian 2016 Documentary Herself
Festival international de Cannes 2016 TV Series Herself
Dish Nation 2016 TV Series Herself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2014-2016 TV Series Herself - Guest
The First Monday in May 2016 Documentary Herself (Cameo)
2016 MTV Movie Awards 2016 TV Special Herself - Presenter: Halsey
The Graham Norton Show 2015-2016 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself
31st Film Independent Spirit Awards 2016 TV Movie Herself - Piaget Ambassador (uncredited)
Celebrity Style Story 2016 TV Series Herself
Signal Acquired: Writing and Direction of 'The Martian' 2016 Video documentary short Herself
Celebrity Conversations 2015 TV Series Herself
This Week in Hollywood 2015 TV Series Herself
Janela Indiscreta 2011-2015 TV Series Herself
Ok! TV 2015 TV Series Herself
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert 2015 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014-2015 TV Series Herself - Guest
Live with Kelly and Michael 2012-2015 TV Series Herself - Guest
Weekend Ticket 2015 TV Series short Herself
Unity 2015 Documentary Narrator (voice)
Creating Interstellar: A Discussion with Christopher Nolan, Anne Hathaway, Mathew McConaughey, and Jessica Chastain 2015 Video short Herself
Experiencing Interstellar: A Discussion with Anne Hathaway, Mathew McConaughey, and Jessica Chastain 2015 Video short Herself
Inside 'Interstellar' 2015 Video documentary Herself - 'Murph'
Entertainment Tonight 2013-2015 TV Series Herself / Herself - Interstellar / Herself - The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby
The 87th Annual Academy Awards 2015 TV Special Herself - Presenter: Best Cinematography
20th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2015 TV Special Herself
The Insider 2014-2015 TV Series Herself / Herself - Interstellar
72nd Golden Globe Awards 2015 TV Special Herself - Nominee
E! Live from the Red Carpet 2013-2015 TV Series Herself
Variety Studio: Actors on Actors 2014 TV Series Herself
Rencontres de cinéma 2012-2014 TV Series Herself
Le grand journal de Canal+ 2012-2014 TV Series documentary Herself
Hollywood Sessions 2014 TV Series Herself
Off Camera with Sam Jones 2014 TV Series Herself
The Daily Show 2013-2014 TV Series Herself - Guest
Conan 2011-2014 TV Series Herself - Guest
eTalk Daily 2014 TV Series Herself
Interstellar: Nolan's Odyssey 2014 TV Movie documentary Herself
Good Morning America 2012-2014 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Hollywood Reporter in Focus 2014 TV Series Herself
Late Show with David Letterman 2012-2014 TV Series Herself - Guest
Cinema 3 2011-2014 TV Series Herself / Himself
Días de cine 2014 TV Series Herself
El hormiguero 2014 TV Series Herself - Guest
The View 2014 TV Series Herself - Guest
Watch What Happens: Live 2014 TV Series Herself
19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2014 TV Special Herself - Presenter
2014 Golden Globe Arrivals Special 2014 TV Special Herself (uncredited)
71st Golden Globe Awards 2014 TV Special Herself - Presenter (uncredited)
Scripted Content 2014 Short Herself
Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy 2013 Documentary Herself - Letter Reader
The Sound of Change Live 2013 TV Special Herself
Seduced and Abandoned 2013 Documentary Herself
Zero Dark Thirty: Geared Up 2013 Video short Herself
Zero Dark Thirty: No Small Feat 2013 Video short Herself
Zero Dark Thirty: Targeting Jessica Chastain 2013 Video short Herself
Zero Dark Thirty: The Compound 2013 Video short Herself
Big Morning Buzz Live 2011-2013 TV Series Herself - Guest
The 85th Annual Academy Awards 2013 TV Special Herself - Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film & Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role
The Oscars Red Carpet Live 2013 TV Movie Herself - Interviewee
Revealed 2013 TV Series Herself
Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis 2013 TV Series Herself
Katie 2013 TV Series Herself - Guest
Vivir de cine 2013 TV Series Herself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2013 TV Series Herself - Guest
19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2013 TV Special Herself - Presenter / Nominee
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2011-2013 TV Series Herself - Guest
70th Golden Globe Awards 2013 TV Special Herself - Nominee
18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2013 TV Special Herself
Charlie Rose 2012 TV Series Herself - Guest
Chelsea Lately 2011-2012 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS 2012 TV Movie Herself - Guest
The 66th Annual Tony Awards 2012 TV Special documentary Herself - Presenter: Best Featured Actor in a Play
The 84th Annual Academy Awards 2012 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
The 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards 2012 TV Special Herself - Presenter
18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2012 TV Special Herself
MSN Exclusives 2012 TV Series Herself (2013)
The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2012 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
17th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2012 TV Special Herself
Ebert Presents: At the Movies 2011 TV Series Herself - Jury Member
Exploring 'The Tree of Life' 2011 Video documentary short Herself
Breakfast 2011 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Big Picture 2011 TV Series Herself
Film Fiend 2011 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2011 TV Series Herself - Guest
TV Festival Du Cannes 2011 2011 TV Movie Herself
Raging Mad Sea Dog or Fawning Puppy 2006 Video short Herself
Yo-Ho-Ho and Shooting a Gun 2006 Video short Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Extra 2015-2016 TV Series Herself
Ares III: The Untold Story 2016 Video documentary short Melissa Lewis
Ok! TV 2015 TV Series Herself
Entertainment Tonight 2015 TV Series Herself
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2015 TV Series Herself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Supporting Actress Crimson Peak (2015)
2016 Chainsaw Award Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Supporting Actress Crimson Peak (2015)
2015 Seattle Film Critics Award Seattle Film Critics Awards Best Supporting Actress A Most Violent Year (2014)
2015 Critics' Choice MVP Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards A Most Violent Year (2014)
2014 UFCA Award Utah Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress A Most Violent Year (2014)
2014 WFCC Award Women Film Critics Circle Awards Female's Right to Male Roles in Movies Interstellar (2014)
2014 IGN Award IGN Summer Movie Awards Best Movie Supporting Actress A Most Violent Year (2014)
2014 IFJA Award Indiana Film Journalists Association, US Best Supporting Actress A Most Violent Year (2014)
2014 Ischia Actress Award Ischia Global Film & Music Festival The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (2014)
2014 NBR Award National Board of Review, USA Best Supporting Actress A Most Violent Year (2014)
2014 NFCS Award Nevada Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actress A Most Violent Year (2014)
2013 VFCC Award Vancouver Film Critics Circle Best Actress Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
2013 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
2013 EDA Award Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Actress Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
2013 EDA Female Focus Award Alliance of Women Film Journalists Female Icon of the Year Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
2013 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
2013 International Fantasy Film Award Fantasporto Best Actress Mama (2013)
2013 Giffoni Award Giffoni Film Festival
2013 IFC Award Iowa Film Critics Awards Best Actress Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
2013 Nova Award Maui Film Festival
2013 OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Actress Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
2012 OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actress The Tree of Life (2011)
2012 Special Award Online Film Critics Society Awards The Debt (2010)
2012 Spotlight Award Palm Springs International Film Festival The Tree of Life (2011)
2012 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
2012 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture The Help (2011) · Viola Davis
· Bryce Dallas Howard
· Allison Janney
· Chris Lowell
· Ahna O'Reilly
· Sissy Spacek
· Octavia Spencer
· Mary Steenburgen
· Emma Stone
· Cicely Tyson
· Mike Vogel
2012 SLFCA Award St. Louis Film Critics Association, US Best Actress Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
2012 UFCA Award Utah Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
2012 VFCC Award Vancouver Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actress The Tree of Life (2011)
2012 WAFCA Award Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
2012 EDA Female Focus Award Alliance of Women Film Journalists Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in the Film Industry The Help (2011)
2012 BFCC Award Black Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actress Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
2012 BOFCA Award Boston Online Film Critics Association Best Actress Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
2012 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Actor of the Year Coriolanus (2011)
2012 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
2012 DFWFCA Award Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
2012 FFCC Award Florida Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actress Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
2012 GFCA Award Georgia Film Critics Association (GFCA) Best Supporting Actress The Tree of Life (2011)
2012 Breakthrough Award Georgia Film Critics Association (GFCA) Coriolanus (2011)
2012 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Ensemble Cast The Help (2011) · Viola Davis
· Nelsan Ellis
· Bryce Dallas Howard
· Allison Janney
· Chris Lowell
· Sissy Spacek
· Octavia Spencer
· Mary Steenburgen
· Emma Stone
· Cicely Tyson
· Mike Vogel
2012 IFJA Award Indiana Film Journalists Association, US Best Actress Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
2012 NBR Award National Board of Review, USA Best Actress Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
2012 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Supporting Actress The Tree of Life (2011)
2012 NFCS Award Nevada Film Critics Society Best Actress The Debt (2010)
2012 NFCS Award Nevada Film Critics Society Best Ensemble Cast The Help (2011) · Viola Davis
· Bryce Dallas Howard
· Allison Janney
· Chris Lowell
· Ahna O'Reilly
· Sissy Spacek
· Octavia Spencer
· Mary Steenburgen
· Emma Stone
· Cicely Tyson
· Mike Vogel
2012 OFCC Award Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actress Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
2012 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Breakthrough Performance - Female The Help (2011)
2011 Special Award San Diego Film Critics Society Awards The Debt (2010)
2011 Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role The Tree of Life (2011)
2011 Special Achievement Award Satellite Awards Best Ensemble, Motion Picture The Help (2011) · Emma Stone
· Viola Davis
· Bryce Dallas Howard
· Octavia Spencer
· Ahna O'Reilly
· Allison Janney
· Chris Lowell
· Cicely Tyson
· Mike Vogel
· Sissy Spacek
· Aunjanue Ellis
· Mary Steenburgen
2011 SEFCA Award Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards Best Ensemble The Help (2011) · Emma Stone
· Aunjanue Ellis
· Cicely Tyson
· Viola Davis
· Bryce Dallas Howard
· Chris Lowell
· Mike Vogel
· Mary Steenburgen
· Ahna O'Reilly
· Allison Janney
· Octavia Spencer
2011 TFCA Award Toronto Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress Take Shelter (2011)
2011 Gucci Prize Venice Film Festival
2011 WFCC Award Women Film Critics Circle Awards Women's Work/Best Ensemble The Help (2011) · Aunjanue Ellis
· Ahna O'Reilly
· Octavia Spencer
· Mary Steenburgen
· Emma Stone
· Bryce Dallas Howard
· Allison Janney
· Viola Davis
· Cicely Tyson
2011 Austin Film Critics Award Austin Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Take Shelter (2011)
2011 Breakthrough Artist Award Austin Film Critics Association The Help (2011)
2011 BFCC Award Black Film Critics Circle Awards Best Ensemble The Help (2011) · Viola Davis
· Bryce Dallas Howard
· Allison Janney
· Chris Lowell
· Ahna O'Reilly
· Sissy Spacek
· Octavia Spencer
· Mary Steenburgen
· Emma Stone
· Cicely Tyson
· Mike Vogel
2011 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress The Tree of Life (2011)
2011 New Hollywood Award Deauville Film Festival
2011 DFCS Award Denver Film Critics Society Best Breakout Star
2011 DFCS Award Detroit Film Critic Society, US Breakthrough Artist Take Shelter (2011)
2011 DFCC Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actress The Tree of Life (2011)
2011 Breakthrough Award Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards The Tree of Life (2011)
2011 Hollywood Film Award Hollywood Film Awards Ensemble of the Year The Help (2011) · Emma Stone
· Viola Davis
· Bryce Dallas Howard
· Octavia Spencer
· Ahna O'Reilly
· Allison Janney
· Chris Lowell
· Cicely Tyson
· Sissy Spacek
· Aunjanue Ellis
· Mary Steenburgen
2011 Hollywood Breakthrough Award Hollywood Film Awards Breakthrough Actress The Tree of Life (2011)
2011 KCFCC Award Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actress The Tree of Life (2011)
2011 LAFCA Award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress The Tree of Life (2011)
2011 NBR Award National Board of Review, USA Best Acting by an Ensemble The Help (2011) · Octavia Spencer
· Allison Janney
· Mary Steenburgen
· Mike Vogel
· Chris Lowell
· Ahna O'Reilly
· Bryce Dallas Howard
· Viola Davis
· Cicely Tyson
· Emma Stone
· Aunjanue Ellis
· Sissy Spacek
2011 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actress The Tree of Life (2011)
2011 NYFCO Award New York Film Critics, Online Breakthrough Performance The Tree of Life (2011)
2010 Spotlight Award Elle Women in Hollywood Awards
2008 Golden Space Needle Award Seattle International Film Festival Best Actress Jolene (2008)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2017 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Miss Sloane (2016)
2017 EDA Special Mention Award Alliance of Women Film Journalists Bravest Performance Miss Sloane (2016)
2016 PCC Award Phoenix Critics Circle Best Actress Miss Sloane (2016)
2016 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Liplock The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016) · Chris Hemsworth
2016 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress: Drama The Martian (2015)
2016 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Actress The Martian (2015)
2015 VFCC Award Vancouver Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actress A Most Violent Year (2014)
2015 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture A Most Violent Year (2014)
2015 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Supporting Actress Interstellar (2014)
2015 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress A Most Violent Year (2014)
2015 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress A Most Violent Year (2014)
2015 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Actor of the Year The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him (2013)
2015 Fright Meter Award Fright Meter Awards Best Supporting Actress Crimson Peak (2015)
2015 GFCA Award Georgia Film Critics Association (GFCA) Best Supporting Actress A Most Violent Year (2014)
2015 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Supporting Actress A Most Violent Year (2014)
2015 HFCS Award Houston Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actress A Most Violent Year (2014)
2015 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Female A Most Violent Year (2014)
2015 IFTA Award Irish Film and Television Awards Best International Actress Miss Julie (2014)
2015 Jupiter Award Jupiter Award Best International Actress Interstellar (2014)
2015 ALFS Award London Critics Circle Film Awards Supporting Actress of the Year A Most Violent Year (2014)
2015 NCFCA Award North Carolina Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress A Most Violent Year (2014)
2015 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Supporting Actress A Most Violent Year (2014)
2014 PCC Award Phoenix Critics Circle Best Supporting Actress A Most Violent Year (2014)
2014 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role A Most Violent Year (2014)
2014 SFFCC Award San Francisco Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actress A Most Violent Year (2014)
2014 SLFCA Award St. Louis Film Critics Association, US Best Supporting Actress A Most Violent Year (2014)
2014 WAFCA Award Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress A Most Violent Year (2014)
2014 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress A Most Violent Year (2014)
2014 DFWFCA Award Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress A Most Violent Year (2014)
2014 ICP Award Indiewire Critics' Poll Best Supporting Actress A Most Violent Year (2014)
2014 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Scared-As-S**t Performance Mama (2013)
2014 OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actress A Most Violent Year (2014)
2013 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
2013 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
2013 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Leading Actress Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
2013 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Actress Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
2013 AACTA International Award Australian Film Institute Best Actress Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
2013 BTVA Feature Film Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Vocal Ensemble in a Feature Film Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012) · Ben Stiller
· Chris Rock
· David Schwimmer
· Jada Pinkett Smith
· Frances McDormand
· Bryan Cranston
· Martin Short
· Sacha Baron Cohen
· Tom McGrath
· Cedric the Entertainer
· Andy Richter
· Frank Welker
· Conrad Vernon
· Chris Miller
2013 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Actress Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
2013 Empire Award Empire Awards, UK Best Actress Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
2013 Dorian Award Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA) Film Performance of the Year - Actress Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
2013 GFCA Award Georgia Film Critics Association (GFCA) Best Actress Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
2013 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Lead Actress Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
2013 ICS Award International Cinephile Society Awards Best Actress Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
2013 ALFS Award London Critics Circle Film Awards Actress of the Year Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
2013 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Scared-As-S**t Performance Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
2013 NCFCA Award North Carolina Film Critics Association Best Actress Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
2013 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Actress Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
2012 SDFCS Award San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Actress Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
2012 Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actress in a Motion Picture Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
2012 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role The Help (2011)
2012 TFCA Award Toronto Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
2012 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role The Help (2011)
2012 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture The Help (2011)
2012 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Supporting Actress The Help (2011)
2012 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Actress Take Shelter (2011)
2012 EDA Award Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Supporting Actress The Help (2011)
2012 EDA Female Focus Award Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Breakthrough Performance The Tree of Life (2011)
2012 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress The Help (2011)
2012 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress The Help (2011)
2012 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Ensemble The Help (2011) · Emma Stone
· Bryce Dallas Howard
· Viola Davis
· Sissy Spacek
· Mary Steenburgen
· Mike Vogel
· Octavia Spencer
· Ahna O'Reilly
· Allison Janney
· Chris Lowell
· Cicely Tyson
· Aunjanue Ellis
2012 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Ensemble The Tree of Life (2011) · Brad Pitt
· Sean Penn
· Hunter McCracken
· Laramie Eppler
· Tye Sheridan
2012 DFCS Award Denver Film Critics Society Best Actress Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
2012 DFCS Award Detroit Film Critic Society, US Best Actress Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
2012 The "We're Wilde About You" Rising Star Award Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA)
2012 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Supporting Actress The Help (2011)
2012 Golden Schmoes Golden Schmoes Awards Best T&A of the Year Lawless (2012)
2012 HFCS Award Houston Film Critics Society Awards Best Actress Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
2012 IGN Award IGN Summer Movie Awards Best Movie Actress Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
2012 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Female Take Shelter (2011)
2012 ICP Award Indiewire Critics' Poll Best Lead Performance Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
2012 ICS Award International Cinephile Society Awards Best Supporting Actress The Tree of Life (2011)
2012 ALFS Award London Critics Circle Film Awards Supporting Actress of the Year The Help (2011)
2012 Grace Award MovieGuide Awards Most Inspiring Performance in Movies The Tree of Life (2011)
2012 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actress Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
2012 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Supporting Actress The Help (2011)
2011 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role The Help (2011)
2011 SDFCS Award San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actress The Help (2011)
2011 SLFCA Award St. Louis Film Critics Association, US Best Supporting Actress The Tree of Life (2011)
2011 TFCA Award Toronto Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress The Tree of Life (2011)
2011 VVFP Award Village Voice Film Poll Best Supporting Actress The Tree of Life (2011)
2011 WFCC Award Women Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actress The Help (2011)
2011 DFCS Award Denver Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actress The Tree of Life (2011)
2011 Gotham Independent Film Award Gotham Awards Best Ensemble Performance Take Shelter (2011) · Michael Shannon
· Tova Stewart
· Shea Whigham
· Katy Mixon
· Kathy Baker
· Ray McKinnon
· LisaGay Hamilton
· Robert Longstreet
2011 HFCS Award Houston Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actress The Help (2011)
2011 ICP Award Indiewire Critics' Poll Best Supporting Performance Take Shelter (2011)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2012 Sant Jordi Sant Jordi Awards Best Foreign Actress (Mejor Actriz Extranjera) The Tree of Life (2011)
2012 SEFCA Award Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
2012 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
2012 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress The Tree of Life (2011)
2012 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Breakthrough Film Artist Coriolanus (2011)
2012 Golden Schmoes Golden Schmoes Awards Best Actress of the Year Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
2012 ICS Award International Cinephile Society Awards Best Supporting Actress Take Shelter (2011)
2011 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role The Help (2011)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Actress Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
2012 VVFP Award Village Voice Film Poll Best Actress Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
2011 VVFP Award Village Voice Film Poll Best Supporting Actress Take Shelter (2011)

TitleSalary
The Martian (2015) less than #1.75 million
Take Shelter (2011) $100 a day

#Quote
1 In this industry you can set your own privacy. If I go to certain restaurants with my boyfriend I know we're going to get photographed. But when the public is involved in your relationship, they can demand or ask questions because they feel like they have an ownership of it, because you sold it. That means they have a say in your private life.
2 My experience with making movies is that I want to walk away from each role, and each set, having learned something and grown as a person. That's really important for me when choosing a role: What am I going to learn and what am I going to gain from this experience?
3 [on taking her grandmother to her first Oscars as her date] It was wonderful to see it through her eyes. I kept looking over at her, and her mouth was open the whole time. She was so excited, and told me it was the best day of her life. It was really emotional for me to share that with her. It's a moment I'll remember for the rest of my life.
4 There are so many films written for and about men. There's hundreds and hundreds of scripts yet to be produced that are just sitting there. Maybe we should go back and look at those scripts and say: "Which of these characters can we actually change to a female?" That is what I'm actually starting to do. I'm like: "Send me everything where the female character's most important aspect isn't her sex or that she be a sexual trophy."
5 I thrive on fear. Fear actually propels me forward. I am an emotional person. I'm an awkward girl. I get a little shy, and I get nervous a lot. But every time I think I can't do something, I actually want to do it.
6 Every time I go to a party, I feel so old. Even 10 years ago, or when I was going out in college, I always felt like, "Oh my God, I'm so old." I'm not the crazy, wild girl, so I need to knock back a few drinks in order to let loose and have a good time.
7 I'm not a weak person. I try to connect with people. And so if someone around me is suffering, I'm going to feel it. I'm going to take it in and have compassion for them.
8 I want to play everything. A lot of times actors are guided to play characters that they've had success with, that the public likes, so you see sometimes they end up playing the same role over and over again. For me, that would be the ultimate boring life.
9 I find that the more famous you become the less mysterious you are, the less the audience can believe [an actor is] someone other than their public image. So I like the idea that maybe most people on the street don't recognize me because then I can show up as Celia Foote and people will be completely sidelined by it.
10 I love playing strong women that don't just serve the male character of the story. When I get a character, I always think: How can we give her a bit of an edge?
11 Acting, for me, is about exploring things I don't understand in myself.
12 [on her confidence] I did not feel like a beautiful woman that people would kill each other for. Jessica - who I am in my personal life - I'm very shy, I feel very awkward, I don't feel like a femme fatale at all.
13 [on her life] My life has gone, you know, a little wonderful and crazy.
14 Since I graduated from college, I've never once had to ask my parents for money, which my dad loves to tell people!
15 With every character, there are things I have in common, and things I disagree with. But, I would never say one of the characters was me. So much of Celia Foote is that heart energy. She is such a cuddle bug, and I'm a little bit of a cuddle bug. With Maya, in a way the character is married to her job, and loves her job. I'm never that extreme, because I have my family and my friends that I make sure I stay in contact with. But, her job consumes her and I can understand that, because I love this job so much.
16 [when she received the Maui Film Festival Nova Award] As an actor, you're used to so much rejection in your life, so the past two years have been such a gift for me. To be here receiving this acknowledgment from the festival in this incredible environment and to share it with my family, it's a wonderful moment where work and family collide.
17 I usually cry in the trailer on the last day of filming, when no one else is around except hair and make-up people. I always have a cry.
18 [on Mama (2013)] This is not a cheap horror film, though I should mention that I love cheap horror films. I love all horror films. But sometimes horror relies on nothing but loud noises and false scares and cats jumping out of cupboards. But this one refuses to do that.
19 I wanted to be an actor my whole life and when I was at Juilliard they had a cutting policy. Even if you showed up to all your classes if the teachers thought you weren't good enough they could still cut you. I just wasn't going to let them send me home.
20 Being on the sidelines for a long time gave me the opportunity to strengthen myself to the idea of what fame is. I've had time to understand the kind of actor I want to be. Personal life. Age. "Who are you dating?" All of those things get in the way of playing characters.
21 If someone tells me "You can't do that", I'm going to try to do it even more. It doesn't mean I'll succeed. But it means I'll fight you.
22 I don't accept that as an actress I have to play one personality over and over. Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman - all these great actors are allowed to change what they look like. Women in Hollywood? I've noticed they're not.
23 You know when you've worked so hard for something? And you finally get a taste of it? That's how I felt last year. Like: oh my gosh, I'm an actress getting to the point where [Zero Dark Thirty (2012) director] Kathryn Bigelow will call me on my cell phone. You want to grasp it, not let it go. This year's the first time I'm starting to think that I don't need to be so terrified it's going to go away. I don't have to work every single second. It's new - starting to exhale.
24 [on awards season] A strange thing happens this time of year. It starts to feel like it's a race. Acting is very different than playing tennis. You don't put two people in a room and we match it out. For me, I feel like I've already won. I never want to lose sight of what I feel right now being in this business and being nominated.
25 In the press, I like to be known for my work and not for whom I'm dating or what my favorite ice cream is.
26 My advice to any woman in a field that has been in the past that was dominated by men, by numbers and by seniority, would be to look at the great examples set by women like Kathryn Bigelow and Maya, the woman I play in this film and, instead of complaining about the numbers not matching -- and of course that's an important issue -- but I've found that if you do really good work, it'll rise to the top. Kathryn Bigelow never talks about the glass ceiling in Hollywood for female directors. She shows up on set, she's an expert at her work, and at the end of the day that's what you know her for. You don't think, "She's a brilliant filmmaker and she's a woman, can you believe it?" I just think she's a brilliant filmmaker.
27 I love fashion that celebrates a woman's body, that maybe is a throwback to the glamor of old Hollywood; that silhouette but somehow making it modern.
28 I didn't grow up with a lot of money, and we were evicted a couple times when I was a child. One time, I even came home from school and there was someone locking our doors. And he felt super guilty, and he asked me, "Do you want to go in and grab some things?" So that's happened to me a lot growing up.
29 I have heard things that sometimes people think that I'm boring. And I imagine that probably comes from I don't have a Twitter account where I post pictures of me in a bikini. I don't show a side of my life that, to me, is like for my friends and my family.
30 I always had this fear of being homeless. Being evicted. Which I don't know why I decided to become an actor. Maybe it's because I grew up without money, so I knew I could live without money. But I always had this thing of, I'm not going to be able to pay my rent.
31 [on her hectic work schedule] It's exhausting but I love the films. I love being on Broadway. I don't have time to go to these Oscar dinners and stuff but perhaps that's for the best. Because I'm on stage, I'm away from the craziness of that kind of campaigning. It's really exciting. It's exciting because last year people were saying, "This is your moment". So last year I kept saying, "I'm going to enjoy this because it's never going to happen again. I am never going to have a year like this again, it's incredible," and here I am this year, thinking, "I am never gonna have another year like this"
32 I'm not going to lie, being given free clothes is fantastic. I never used to imagine my wedding dress as a little girl, but I'd always imagined my Oscar dress.
33 [on how her life changed after the release of Zero Dark Thirty (2012)] After the screening, when we got home, as soon as I got out of the car, there was another car that pulled up behind and someone got out and said, "Jessica, I'm so sorry, but we couldn't get into the screening", and they had followed me to my house. That's when I'm like, "What's happening?" I mean, they were very nice, but they were strangers and they had followed me for half an hour, tailing my car because they wanted a photograph with me. That was when I realized: "My life is different now". The one thing I've always worried about is that, for me, acting makes me feel connected with society, a part of something bigger than I am; a part of mankind. But they say that sometimes what happens when you receive fame is that you're excluded. And I've been really lucky, because for the last year and a half I haven't been. And now suddenly I'm starting to see a change where people are treating me differently. And I don't want to be treated differently. I still want to relate and have conversations with people, but I don't want the balance to shift, so it becomes about a man in my life. Most actresses are forced to talk about the men in their life and I just don't find that interesting. I'm very shy when it comes to guys. I like to be wooed, but I'd have to be more outwardly available, I guess.
34 I will never say my age because I'm an actress, and I want to play different ages.
35 [on playing a punk rocker in Mama (2013)] I took bass lessons for about a month and I learned this song. Then, a week before we shot it I heard that the song was changed. Then I learned that. We shoot it and the camera goes from one band member to the next and then finally to me and the whole song has been played and Andrés Muschiettigoes "Cut!" I'm like, "Andy you showed me three seconds playing the bass and I spent five weeks learning how to play." I really got into the music as Annabel and I was listening to a lot of punk music. Now I really want to do a musical.
36 There were a couple of times when I thought, "Maybe I should dye my hair blonde?" I'm in LA and I'm thinking, "Why can't I get an audition for a film?" Being a redhead and not having very conventionally modern looks, it was confusing for people and they didn't know exactly where to put me. Most of the time, it was, "Why is this taking so long?"
37 Fame and money have not been my goals. If they had, then this probably would not have happened, because this all happened from independent films. Not big pay checks. Even The Help (2011) was an independent film. We were all cast before the success of the novel. Thank God, because they would have never ever given me Celia Foote had people known how big it would become.
38 I don't work for awards but when you receive support and encouragement, it opens me up more, it helps me be vulnerable.
39 It's easier to do an action scene than a love scene. I love fighting. When the camera's not rolling, I'll usually punch some of the actors, just for fun.
40 [on her Oscar nomination for Best Leading Actress for Zero Dark Thirty (2012)] I think every actor would love to be acknowledged for [their work]. I'm a marathon runner. I want to be working when I'm 80 years old. Every support and encouragement helps you, but I'm a marathon runner. It was a bittersweet Thursday for me. We were on an airplane and then Kathryn Bigelow came over to me and said, "Congratulations, you got nominated for an Oscar," and I wanted to scream, but I was worried I would be duct-taped to my seat by an air marshal. And I said, "What about you?" and she said, "No no, we are celebrating you." It was a difficult moment for me, but the film and Kathryn were recognized with a Best Picture nomination.
41 When someone tells me I'm a sex symbol I'm like, 'What?' But I'll take what I can get. That'll teach all those boys back in junior high school. In fact, I hope my very first boyfriend, the guy I dated for one month and who broke up with me at the Valentine's Day dance, I hope that boy reads this! It's a huge compliment when someone says you're attractive, especially when I was such an awkward kid, I was very tomboyish, with very short red hair, running around with cowboy boots on.
42 [on actresses needing meatier roles] For a long time I was hearing that studios didn't want to make films with female leads because they didn't think they would make any money. Maybe this is showing a new trend, audiences are interested in everyone's story, not just the story of the few. It's very rare to play a character defined by her work and not her male counterpart. I think it represents this generation of women who are independent and capable and strong and not the product of something else, the girlfriend or the victim of the villain of the piece. It's really exciting to play a woman who's smart and intelligent and who uses her brain.
43 I have a rule. No actors. I have dated an actor before, at Juilliard, but since then, I've only been on a couple of dates with one and I was so freaked out someone was going to take a picture of us, because they were famous. I realized I wanted just to be able to hang out with someone and I didn't want to talk about the business, first of all. I love movies. But I love talking about them like when I was 15 years old. I'm a film fan, but I don't want to talk about auditions or what movie I'm gonna do. I find that so boring. You have to welcome that. Off the record, I could name specifics for you. There are some actors, who are very, very famous, who know what they're doing. They court it. Like Elizabeth Taylor. Richard Burton. It's something that you woo.
44 I want to do everything! I want to do crazy villains in comic book movies with accents and scars! I want to do it all. I think I have to calm down and be like: You don't have to do it all, right now. Hopefully, you'll be around for a few years. I never think about what's next, I always just think: What haven't I done yet?
45 [on Zero Dark Thirty (2012)] I think a lot of people had their own idea of what the film was, but they had never seen it. It was a bit frustrating for a year, because I had to keep my mouth shut about what I was playing and what this film was, to not be able to defend it and say: 'This is not a propaganda film. It doesn't have a political agenda.' Any subtext that I have, any part of the character's journey, I have to show through my technical dialogue and my transformation in the 10 years, what happens to my face, my hair, how I interact with people. It has to be a more subtle approach. It has to be the kind of acting where you don't see the strings. There was a 10 minute break while I cried. I had to go hide behind a building. I just lost it and started crying. I know I'm playing this woman who's supposed to be, it's her job, to be unemotional, but I still feel things. And I wasn't going to be able to do the scene again without letting out, without having a good cry.
46 I was ten years old. When I was this age I was such an ugly duckling: bright orange hair, my freckles. I never really got attention from boys and when you're a redhead all you get is old ladies coming up to you and cooing, not much else. I felt invisible. I remember being at Disneyland and we were waiting to see the parade, with the fireworks, Minnie and Mickey and all that stuff. I remember one dancer, she spotted me in the crowd and walked over. She told me how beautiful I was at a time when I felt hidden she gave me a spark. Disneyland to a kid back then was like the greatest place on earth, with thousands of people there, but I got picked. That girl pointed at me and said, 'There's something about you.'
47 I really made an effort to not put myself in situations where my private life becomes more interesting than my work.
48 [her acceptance speech when she won the Golden Globe for Zero Dark Thirty (2012)] Thank you so much to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for this award. I've wanted to be an actress since I was a little girl and I've worked for a really long time. I've auditioned and struggled and fought and been on the sidelines for years. And to be here now in this moment, it's a beautiful feeling to receive this encouragement and support and thank you so much. I would not be here without my amazing team: Paul, Jack, Hilda, Nicole, Steve, thank you. Thank you to our amazing crew, our incredible cast. Jason Clarke, thank you. To my dear friend, Megan Ellison, Sony, the great great Amy Pascal for protecting our film. Mark Boal for writing a strong, capable, independent woman that stands on her own and to Kathryn Bigelow, my director. I can't help but compare my character of Maya to you. Two powerful, fearless women that allow their expert work to stand before them. You have said that filmmaking for you is not about breaking gender roles, but when you make a film that allows your character to disobey the conventions of Hollywood, you've done more for women in cinema than you take credit for. And last, but definitely not least, I have to thank my grandmother for teaching me to always believe in my dreams and this is an absolute dream come true. Thank you so much.
49 [on her Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress Motion Picture: Drama for Zero Dark Thirty (2012)] Zero Dark Thirty is a film that I am extremely proud of and it's a tremendous honor to be recognized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. I am so thankful for this nomination. I am elated to see our fearless producer Megan Ellison, our brilliant director Kathryn Bigelow, our wonderful screenwriter Mark Boal and this extraordinary film being honored today. I'm so proud and honored to play this exceptional woman.
50 [on her character in Zero Dark Thirty (2012)] I never met Maya, because she's an undercover CIA agent - it would not have been a good thing to do. I had the props person print out all of the photographs of the terrorists and I hung them in my room at the hotel. So even when I'd come home from the set, they were always around me. I had to approach [the role] like any other character I've played. questions that I couldn't answer through the research, I had to use my imagination, Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal created a character that went along the lines that respected the real woman, she represents this generation of woman, and that was really exciting. As an actor, you spend your whole life trying to be emotional and keeping yourself emotionally open. So, to find [Maya's] humanity within that arc was a great feat that would have been impossible without Kathryn and Mark's leadership.
51 [on working with Brad Pitt in The Tree of Life (2011) He didn't have a huge entourage, nothing like that. He just showed up on his motorcycle on the very first day and went, "Hi, I'm Brad." You just heard the rumbling of his bike and he'd appear like James Dean, or Marlon Brando from The Wild One (1953). He was kind, he was generous, he'd never heard of me but he never made me feel less.
52 Brits are usually so mean to your redheads. Why is that? In America it's seen as a good thing. Look at Julia Roberts - she's cool, right? I was working in Thailand and I'd be walking down the street and people - British people - would stop the car and scream, 'ginger!' at me.
53 Zero Dark Thirty (2012) will make news. We all think we know how it ended. We don't. And this movie is about how it really ended. It is shocking. When I first read the script, I was blown away by this woman. The sacrifices she made and what she had to do. It's something I still get very emotional about. What happens when you live for this one goal? And then you achieve it.
54 [on envisioning she was right for The Tree of Life (2011)] I can't say why, exactly. Back then, I hadn't been getting any auditions for films, so I was doing guest spots on TV shows, and, for some reason, on those shows I got raped a lot. I was always cast as the victim. When I heard about The Tree of Life, I felt like I belonged in that world.
55 I love wigs, I love costumes, I love anything that will get me into the character.
56 I love the feeling of giving myself over to another strong point of view. It's the best kind of trust-the belief that an artist will take care of me while creating something unique.
57 I'm scared that I'll be on a talk show and David Letterman is going to whip out a ukulele and make me play, so I'm going to put it out there: I'm not that good. I nearly got into trouble at Claridge's the other night; I was jet-lagged so at 4 a.m. I pulled out my ukulele and started strumming. Suddenly, there was a loud banging on my door. I was too scared to open it, so I called reception to assure them that I had stopped.
58 When I leave a film, there's this sadness that I'm not gonna know this person anymore.
59 I always find sex scenes embarrassing. But at times they are necessary - I get that. It's a huge compliment when someone says you're attractive, especially when I was such an awkward kid - I was very tomboyish, with very short red hair, running around with cowboy boots on. So when someone tells me I'm a sex symbol I'm like, "what?". But I'll take what I can get. That'll teach all those boys back in junior high. In fact, I hope my very first boyfriend, the guy I dated for one month and who broke up with me at the Valentine's Day Dance - I hope that boy reads this article.
60 [on Zero Dark Thirty (2012)] This film will make news. We all think we know how it ended. We don't, this movie is about how it really ended. It is shocking. When I first read the script, I was blown away by this woman. The sacrifices she made and what she had to do. It's something I still get very emotional about. What happens when you live for this one goal? And then you achieve it. I can relate to those aspects of being in the CIA. For the last three years, my life has been work and only work. I do miss my family. I do feel cut off from my friends. Listen, I know being in the CIA is a lot more important that being an actress, but I do feel some empathy with the loneliness: you give away yourself.
61 [on auditioning for The Help (2011)] It (the auditioning process) had been stretched out for so long, and I thought it was because I wasn't the right look, you know? I didn't look like Celia Foote, so I remember there was a moment when I was like, "I'm not going to go. They clearly don't want me for this part. It's my day off. I shoot all night, so I can't fly to L.A. and then fly back, I just can't do it." But I was talked into going.
62 [on how success has not changed her lifestyle] I used to have a lot of anxiety about how I was going to stay afloat, because as soon as I graduated, I never asked my parents for money. I always supported myself through acting and would make money last a long time. I understand the value of money, and I'm not an impulsive buyer. I bought a new laptop three years ago, and before I bought it, I spent a month thinking about buying it. So my lifestyle hasn't changed, except my anxiety about paying the rent is gone.
63 I never wanted to be a movie star. I wanted to be an actor. I don't really drink, and I've never been to a rave. I used to cut school to read Shakespeare, not to make out in the park.
64 I'm very shy when it comes to guys. I like to be wooed, but I've had to be more outwardly available, I guess.
65 As an actor I want to play different kinds of women and I don't want to be associated with a certain look for each part because I want to be allowed to age. The wonderful thing about [different roles I've had] is that they look so different.
66 [on her Yves Saint Laurent campaign] I was pretty nervous by the idea of becoming a brand ambassador, because I really have to believe in something I do. But I have so much love and respect for Mr. Yves Saint Laurent, even though I never met him. His way of seeing women was so modern, unexpected and sensual. When I think for him, I think of Catherine Deneuve wearing a tuxedo an the red carpet. It's an honor to represent a brand like this.
67 [on how costumes impact a performance] They're extremely important. In everyday life, the way someone dresses tells you something about who they are. When you're feeling bad, for example, you dress in a particular way. When you're acting, it's really important to try to use all that. The way my characters dress in The Help (2011) or The Tree of Life (2011) already tells you something about who they are.
68 Fashion to me is not about "this is the cool brand", or "this is the best silhouette on me." I like fashion where it tells stories each time. I love to show different sides of myself and that's why I love fashion. I love working with designers. It's not about the prettiest dress; it's about being interesting. "What does this dress say?" Fashion to me is like a piece of music or a painting. I like it when it means something.
69 I like a more retro look than a lot of the latest designer things I get to wear. But fashion is something I love to explore and I whenever I get to go to the big fashion shows in Paris I feel so much anxiety because I'm so fascinated by the art and creativity that goes into creating beautiful clothes.
70 [on when she was asked if fame would change her] I think I'm more nervous about people around me changing, like in the way they relate to me
71 [on her character in Zero Dark Thirty (2012)] You really see the drive and the journey that this woman takes, and you see her unravel.
72 I can model for photos, but at events I'm just not a pose-y girl.
73 If I am suddenly this 'festival girl,' it's because of the directors I choose to work with. For me that is everything.
74 [on meeting Meryl Streep] I was in the lobby with some friends of mine, and I look over, and I said, "Is that Meryl Streep? And as I said it, she turned around and started walking toward me. That was the moment everything got kind of foggy. She went, "Jessica" and she grabbed my hands and she was saying beautiful things about the play and my performance. Because I was so shocked by it, all I did was I held her hands and went, "Thank you, thank you. It means so much to me that you came." And I walked away.
75 For me, fashion is incredibly emotional. I go to shows in Paris and try not to cry. Fashion is the expression of, "This is how I am feeling today."
76 I used to watch the Tonys every year and I'd record it on my VHS, and then throughout the year I'd watch the dance numbers over and over. It was the closest I could get to seeing a Broadway show. I know. Such a nerd.
77 It [2009's Othello] was a very draining experience. When I got back to L.A., I received an e-mail from a director who wanted me to consider another play in New York. I replied, "Thank you, but I will never do theatre again." I wanted to focus my energy elsewhere. It's been my dream to be on Broadway since I was a little girl, but at this point I was so busy, so it seemed crazy to even consider. Then I read the play [The Heiress] and fell in love with the character, but I still wouldn't have done another play had I not felt I was going to be in great hands. Besides his brain, what I love about Moisés Kaufman is that he makes me feel safe and supported. I do my best work with a director who creates a space where I feel the freedom to be both brave and vulnerable. I've been in far more plays than I have in movies and TV shows. I want to keep working in all mediums, I just want to play great characters and work with people I know I'll learn a lot from, but theatre will always be my home.
78 [on overcoming stage fright] Every night I whisper to myself, "You chose this, Jessica. You chose this. This is what you wanted to do your whole life."
79 [on adjusting to the costumes in The Heiress] I'm a jeans girl, but a blue-jeans way of moving is very different from wearing petticoats, so from day one, I was wearing the shoes, the skirt, the corset. I never really left the rehearsal room. It took so long to put everything on every day, it's like, "Well, I'll just bring my lunch and eat it here."
80 When you're doing a play, it's basically saying, "Here I am." It's a very vulnerable thing. On film, it's vulnerable, but there's a time delay. With theater, what I love so much is the shared experience between the actor and the audience. You're almost breathing at the same time, like there's shared emotion-but also, with that shared emotion, you feel when they're not with you, and that can be a difficult experience.
81 I want to play all kinds of women in my career. I've done that in my film career, so I want to continue to do that in theater as well.
82 I know people ask why I never am pictured with a man, but my work is being an artist, an actor. It does show, indeed, women don't need a man to define. I define myself.
83 [when asked what she wants women and men to admire in her] I would like women to admire my differences. don't look like a top model, I'm different: if they would admire this in me, probably they'd feel more comfortable with themselves as well, with their particular traits which make them unique and beautiful. As for men, I would like them to admire my passion. They love femininity, but if you find a partner who loves you for your strength it's the best.
84 Every character I play I feel is like a woman I got to meet and learn from getting to hang out with. I see them as their own people. So I think I take something away from everything.
85 I'm not going to be the girl with the private yoga instructor at my house.
86 As an actor, you approach the characters from what the script tells you. You don't think about "Well, what do I look like compared to what she looks like?"
87 It's not always easy to experiment with fashion on the red carpet, because I'm representing myself. I really want to go out there with a Mohawk, but I realize it's a little too much for most people to digest. I had bright orange hair as a child, but it's got darker over the years. I use a shampoo to enhance the color and Moroccan Oil to boost shine. I'd change my hair for a role if I needed to, but I prefer using wigs.
88 [on her Broadway role as Catherine Sloper in The Heiress] It's very relevant, a woman believing she is what the men in her life tells her she is. And it goes from her father to her suitor to finally at the end of the play, she's on her own. Whenever anyone finds out I'm doing The Heiress, they all go, "I love Catherine." And I love [my character] too. When we first meet her, she appears very confident, she tells a funny story, she seems fine. And then when the father comes into the room we see anxiety and social awkwardness set in. And I find it really interesting [that all of that pressure], you see it come out in the way she interacts with people.
89 [on making her Broadway debut in The Heiress, a play associated with such formidable women] I don't feel trepidation because what it shows is what an exquisite role Catherine is. There's no way my Catherine will be the same as Olivia de Havilland or Cherry Jones or Jane Alexander. We're such different women with different sensibilities. I don't feel the nervousness of it, because I could never be the wonder that is them and I just have to find who Catherine is to me. I find her so modern. It's shocking to me that this adaptation was written in the 1940s. For her at the end of the play to stand alone and believe it's OK not to be married - for 1940 to have a woman be independent in that way and make decisions without the influence of a man - I find that shocking. Thirty years from now, this story and this play will still be relevant.
90 I'm always going to do both theater and film, always. I love theater and I love the ensemble feeling of it. I love the community. I love being in New York. I love the idea of finishing a show and then seeing people from other shows and then all leaving for a late night dinner.
91 [on Zero Dark Thirty (2012)] I knew the second I read the script and I was learning things, I knew that it was going to be a hot-button issue. Even when we were shooting, there was great care to be as respectful to the story as possible. For me, that was the most important thing: that we tell the right story for history's sake. I'm not allowed to discuss it, which is so bad because I hate keeping secrets. Whenever someone tells me, "I have a secret," I'm like, "Don't tell me," because I'm the worst at keeping secrets. I'm so excited for people to see the film, because it really reminds me of a film from the 70's. There is so much intelligence in the script, and there's a light shone on something that people will be surprised about.
92 I was shooting Zero Dark Thirty (2012) for a long time, most of us are playing real people and my part is awesome. I want to work with people who know what they're talking about and Kathryn Bigelow is an amazing human being. I was shocked by what I discovered while making the film. I love doing all that homework and research. Then I can show up on set and be free. For Jolene (2008), I flew to South Carolina, rented a pickup truck and hung out at Super Walmart so I could hear voices and get to know people who live there. I love to go to a place and find a voice that I like. For The Debt (2010), I spent months researching Josef Mengele, a doctor who performed experiments on inmates at the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz. For Lawless (2012), I wore undergarments from the 1930s, with metal zippers, to get a feel for the period. For The Help (2011), I hung cotton balls dipped in rubbing alcohol, in my costume during the party scene when my character appears to be drunk. Every character I play I feel is like a woman I got to meet and learn from getting to hang out with. I see them as their own people. So I think I take something away from everything.
93 As a little girl, playing games, I would absolutely believe I was a princess. If we were pretending there was a monster in the closet, I would be terrified. When I realized there was a job where you could play all day and get paid for it, I said, "That's my job". I am OK doing off-Broadway for $400 a week, because it's about doing what I love.
94 I'm not a secret anymore. I'm now going to be forced down your throats. It gives me anxiety to be honest, because so many nice things are being said; I'm going to drive myself crazy if I try to keep up with that. I want to tell people, "I will disappoint you at some point." Everyone is in a bad film. Everyone will give a bad performance. I want to allow myself the freedom to take risks.
95 The first time I met Brad Pitt, he was a normal guy on his motorcycle, but he immediately spotted a man hiding with a camera. I felt this sense of fear. I was so unaware people were watching. I see myself as having a different career path. I could be in denial but I don't think I'll ever have to deal with the media craziness that Brad and Angelina do, because Brad is such a handsome movie star and Angelina Jolie is one of the most beautiful women in the world; it's the perfect storm for attention. I don't see that's where I'm headed.
96 I love my family, but they don't understand what it is to be an actor, so an important relationship is with my best friend, a fantastic actress: Jess Weixler. We were roommates at Julliard and now we live 10 blocks from each other. I make an effort because whenever I am having a hard time, I always get a text from her. She is a life saver. Jess and I have been friends for over 10 years. I would never do anything that would get in the way of her getting a part. No-one is going to pit us against each other.
97 [on her fighting scenes for The Debt (2010)] I trained for months. I had no idea how to throw a punch; I'd never been in a fight in my life. But considering I'm a pacifist, I enjoyed it. Krav Maga is how to kill your opponent in the least time possible. It's ruthless and made me feel bad ass. I'd say to my friend, "Come at me!" I'd take her down and pin her and she'd say, "OK, enough. I'm excited for you to finish this movie!"
98 I love to disappear into roles and play different characters. And I think I'm getting great films now because I'm not conventionally beautiful.
99 Women inspire me who juggle many things, who continue to be creative and also have a personal life. I definitely want a family, because how do you play normal people if you don't have a normal life?
100 They talk about a curse with awards. Sometimes people win then bad things happen. I just want to act. And I don't want anything bad to happen to me.
101 [about her shaky reception when she first went on auditions in LA] Many people didn't know what Juilliard was or didn't care about my theatrical training. I'd hear things like, "We like Jessica, but she's not pretty enough for that part." You realize, "What does that mean?" I went from being the most unlucky actress to the luckiest actress. Some of the films took forever to come out. My very first film, Wilde Salomé (2011), still hasn't come out yet! The Tree of Life (2011) had a long editing process. The Debt (2010) sat on the shelf for a year when Miramax was sold. I went to every film festival - with two films in each festival. I ended up having every movie in the movie theater.
102 I've always made really strange choices, maybe because no one told me otherwise.
103 The most important thing in my life, and the thing I try to focus on, is to try not to live a life of cruelty. That means trying to make sure I look people in the eye when I meet them. Sometimes you jump in a taxi, or maybe you only have two minutes with someone, and you never see them again. I try to always look them in the eye and have a real experience of what it is to communicate with someone.
104 I was having so much trouble with energy and a friend of mine said, "You know, just go vegan for two weeks," and I did and I felt so good, health wise, that I thought, "Okay. I'm going to stick to this." That's how it started, but then you start to read. Once I started doing that I thought, "I don't know that I'll ever not be vegan." I just did it and that was the end.
105 I like art, and fashion to me is art, so I will continue wearing things that I think are beautiful pieces and probably will get people talking.
106 I always felt before I had to prove myself. I would show up on a set and people would have heard about me but they wouldn't have seen my work. It was like they were watching me out of the corner of their eye saying: "Who is this girl?"
107 Before coming to New York, I had never had the possibility to come close to creativity of that kind. No one in my family had ever had anything to do with that environment, therefore at my audition at the Juilliard I risked a lot, especially on an emotional level. When they accepted me I found myself in another world.
108 [on her Broadway role as Catherine Sloper in The Heiress] I always look for a great arc. Men get great arcs all the time, especially in movies, but it's very rare for a woman to get an arc. Catherine absolutely has that. She finds her voice, which is a wonderful thing to play.
109 It's tough, acting. You have to walk two lines of a tightrope. There's the all-consuming fear of failure: I'm about to fall flat on my face. There's that and there's also confidence - you have to be confident in order to try things - and they fight each other all the time.
110 It wasn't like I wanted to be an actor. It was more like I am that. This is my job. It was so clear cut, I never had to make a choice.
111 I never get recognized. I think because, in my most successful film [The Help (2011)], I look very different. But, you know, if someone does happen to recognize me, they're usually sweet, and it's never a negative experience. My favorite thing is if I'm going out to buy something embarrassing, I always think, "Oh God, I hope no one sees me buy this!" However, for the most part, it's been fine.
112 I'm not going out to night clubs and dancing with other actors, I'm not having lunch at The Ivy.
113 If you get $100 or $1,000, you are still going to spend it. You'll just end up spending the $1,000 on a nicer house or whatever and then you'll have to keep the money at that level to sustain your lifestyle. But if you keep it at the $100 lifestyle, then you're fine. You can choose the job for the creativity and the challenges of the characters rather than the money.
114 Whenever I approach a role, I'm the girl who will sit in my house for a month and just watch as much as I can on the time period.
115 Terrence Malick is probably one of the greatest teachers I'll ever know. A great teacher for filmmaking, for acting, but also and mostly, a great teacher of what it is to be a great human being. I value him so much.
116 My grandmother took me to see David Cassidy in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and I thought, "I want to be up there." We sat down and the play started and there was a girl of my age who opened this huge book and started narrating and I thought, "This is a job. She gets to wear cool costumes and this is what I am going to do." Ever since then, I have always known I was going to be an actor."
117 There's nothing about me that makes you think, "movie star". I'm just this normal girl.
118 [on why she doesn't reveal her age] I never say. Clearly, I'm not 15. But I like mystery.
119 [on fame] It's a little daunting, because I hope that people don't get sick of me. I'm in denial. I don't like the idea that fame could mean that people can no longer relate to me. So I'm going to try to figure out how to live my life so that isn't a problem.
120 [on doing the scary scenes for Mama (2013)] I've done an experiment, and it's working for me. I heard Johnny Depp has an earwig [headphones], and sometimes he listens to music during a scene. So I asked the director if I could wear one for all of my scary scenes and have them play this really terrifying music in my ear. That's how it's gonna be in the scene anyway, right?
121 [on her scenes being cut from To the Wonder (2012)] Just as I suspected, my small role has not made it into the final version. But I really didn't imagine it would. The three days I shot were with Ben Affleck and he was doing really great stuff. I'm looking forward to see how it all brilliantly comes together.
122 I don't read reviews because if you believe a good review, then you have to believe a bad review.
123 [on if it was awkward being nominated alongside co-star Octavia Spencer for Best Supporting Actress at the Academy Awards] It would have been awkward if I was set on winning but I wasn't. A year ago it was "Jessica Chastain who?" and now it's "Oscar-nominated Jessica Chastain". I can't help but smile saying that.
124 I have always known I wanted to be an actress, but my New York experience made me realize that my desire had nothing to do with becoming famous or making money, I was interested in exploring the human soul, its complexity, I wanted to work to understand something about life and myself. Being an actress means being in another person's shoes and therefore understanding what the person whose role you play feels; but also connecting with other human beings, as a mark of profound professional intimacy, that often touches the soul.
125 I love researching. When I get a role that's one of the very first things I do. I just want to fill myself up with knowledge of what the character might have come from. Not just even reading about the history of the time, which of course I do, but I also love learning about the music of the time, listening to that; thinking of the food of the time; what someone would have done for fun.
126 [on her character of Maggie in Lawless (2012)] I love the relationship between Maggie and Forrest. Maggie is a woman who is very used to being around men - she was a burlesque dancer - and she's probably been hurt by a lot of men, physically and emotionally. When she shows up at this little town, she's an oddity for the brothers and especially Forrest. He's used to violence but not being around women. So she becomes almost the aggressor in the relationship, in the way she pursues him. I did see her as very strong. Nick Cave [who wrote the screenplay] suggested that I watch Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) to understand her better. There's a great line that Claudia Cardinale's character says after she sleeps with the man who killed her husband: "It's nothing that a hot bath won't wash away." And there's something of that attitude in Maggie. She doesn't drown in her sorrows. She's always moving forward. When she meets Forrest it's the first time she's not able to pick up her bag and walk away. I read a lot about 1930s Chicago and watched films like Angels with Dirty Faces (1938). I was lucky because I'd just worked on Texas Killing Fields (2011), which Michael Mann produced. I knew he had just made Public Enemies (2009) so I sent him an email asking if he could recommend any books about the period. Within an hour I got a call saying: "We'd like to schedule an appointment for you to sit down with Michael Mann tomorrow," and when I showed up, he had binders of stuff from Public Enemies for me. That was helpful.
127 [on her stylist Elizabeth Stewart] I've worked with her for two years. My very first meeting with her, I really had a connection because she sees fashion as more than just using a dress to look pretty. I never wear something to bring myself attention. For me, when I'm wearing a dress, it's about the dress and about the story that the designer was creating. I also love the idea that she dresses people for who they are as individuals. She doesn't dress people like herself, or like each other. She also dresses Cate Blanchett, Freida Pinto, and Amanda Seyfried, and we all have very different styles. In my everyday style, it's more simple. I don't necessarily want to draw a lot of attention to myself. Lots of black blazers and scarves.
128 I love being around great actors and film-makers, and I try to hide the fact that I'm in awe of them. I try to pretend with Al Pacino or Helen Mirren that, you know, we're just part of the same team, we're all in this together, but really, secretly, the whole time my heart is beating very fast.
129 [on the pressure of doing Zero Dark Thirty (2012)] It was a very stressful shoot, but how could it not be when you're dealing with that kind of material and you're in that part of the world. We were shooting part of it in Chandigarh, India, which is on the border of Pakistan. It's such great responsibility in the story we were telling. It was a lot of pressure. I think the script is one of the best scripts that I have ever read, and my part is awesome.
130 [on working with Hollywood 'tough guys'] My favorite thing is, I work actually with a lot of men that you would think at first impression would be kind of scary. Sam Worthington, Michael Shannon, Al Pacino, Sean Penn. What I love so much about these men is that they are very strong, and they have this almost aggressive vibe, but it's because they have this intense vulnerability, that they have to be very strong to protect themselves. So it's actually, once you get to know them, you realize they're all kittens. At the end of the day, they're like kittens.
131 I got teased quite a lot when I was younger but I've grown into my red hair now and see it as something that makes me unique and special.
132 I have a rule not to date actors and because of that I can hopefully make work be the focus of public interest instead of my private life.
133 When I was a young girl I felt on the outside. I remember cutting all my hair very short at twelve years old, I was wearing red cowboy boots, had my own style. Then a lot of children at school tired to make me feel nervous and teased me a lot because I was different. Jerry Hall was such a great figure for me to see, at that time, because she was redhead and very powerful. I hope that this uniqueness is something I have in common with Yves Saint Laurent women. And I hope these ads will show to young girls how to be different.
134 Isabelle Huppert is for me the greatest actress in the world. She always plays very bold characters, very daring women. She always challenges herself, working with directors from other countries, she's never lazy.
135 I don't want to be in my car all day. I love getting up in the morning in Venice and walking my dogs down to the café to get my tea, and then perhaps going to a bookstore and sitting and reading, then walking to the beach.
136 I have a feeling that very soon I'm going to fail very, very big. I'm going to try something and everybody's going to be like, "What was she thinking?"
137 I end up doing roles where I'm afraid I'm going to embarrass myself, or fail. But then it gives you that extra hit of adrenalin, and you have to step up your game.
138 I try not to fake anything.
139 [on the Time Magazine piece that was written about her for The 100 Most Influential People in the World issue by Gary Oldman] I had no idea that Gary Oldman even knew my name 3 months ago. I've been a huge fan of his work for years. Many of you know the story of how I burst into tears when he came up to me on the red carpet at Palm Springs. His performances have meant so much to me. They've been so inspiring. Reading what he wrote in the Time Magazine piece leaves me speechless. I can never find the words to truly express how grateful I am to be a working actress. The beautiful, kind comments that Gary wrote drive me to want to be better. He is far too generous, but I will work very hard to try and live up to what he wrote. I am forever moved and in awe of that man.
140 Sorry to say that Iron Man Three (2013) isn't going to work out. My schedule is jam packed and I can't fit anything else in. The press announced my possible attachment far too soon. I know many of you wanted me to be involved, and I'm so sorry to disappoint you. Hopefully there'll be another Marvel film in my future. Shane Black and everyone on the Iron Man team are really wonderful. I'm very excited to see the film when it comes out.
141 [on losing out on an Oscar to costar Octavia Spencer] Octavia Spencer was a great teacher for me. I went to Juilliard and studied Shakespeare and Chekov and Ibsen and all the heavies, so to be able to do comedy was such a dream. That woman's timing is so great. As soon as I met her I knew we had great chemistry together - she was a fantastic teacher.
142 I've done 11 films, mostly films with very strong men - Al Pacino, Tom Hardy, Brad Pitt, Ralph Fiennes - but The Help (2011) is the film where I was getting questions "Oh, how was that set?" And I would think, "Well it was probably the friendliest set I've ever been on, but are you asking because it was all women and assume we would be fighting?" That made me realize there needs to be a lot more films with women casts, if there is that misconception out there...
143 I always want to keep doing different things, I don't want to just concentrate on film. The most important thing for me is being an actor. Film, theatre, television- that's the career I want. Actresses have so many ups and downs, and we're not always given wonderful choices. So I always want to find great characters. If that character's on television or stage, I'm going to go there.
144 I always try to play characters who are very different from what I am. If the character was a good swimmer or a diver, I'd be interested because in my real life, I am totally scared of water. I would immediately feel compelled to do it because I'm always trying to tackle any fear I have. I don't want my life to be controlled by fear, whether it's the fear of being rejected, fear of being loved; I want to run my life with open arms. Also, I never want to play the same character twice. To me, that's soul crushing.
145 [about her chances of winning an Oscar for The Help (2011)] I was convinced that I wouldn't, but I didn't care. Just look at what last year was, everything that happened. If I'd also won an Oscar, it would have made me crazy! It would have got way too much, way too soon. Of course, you know, I would love to be back at some point in my future but it wasn't something like, "I need this." It was more like, "This is very intense here and I'm just going to kind of hang back and celebrate."
146 I'm very private. We've never seen a picture of me with a beau. For me, it's about the work. I have no personal life!
147 [on what she used her paycheck on from Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012)] There was a couch I wanted to buy and I had no time in my schedule to do another film. I was doing so much press last year, thinking, 'How am I going to pay my rent?' Also, I had to buy a new couch. My agent said, 'I don't know if you're interested, but they're having auditions for an animated film.' I've always wanted to do an animated film. So I went in and auditioned and then I got the call that I got the part. And I got the couch!
148 I think a film should be judged on the film and not on the sex of the person who directed the film.
149 [on doing her first animated movie, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012)] The first day I thought, "No cameras, that's fine, I'll wear sweats, no make-up", and I showed up and I was doing the voice, and I looked up and saw all the cameras and I realized, "Oh my gosh, they're videotaping this." And then of course the next day I turned up, I was in, like, full hair and make-up.
150 [on being named the ambassadress of the Yves Saint Laurent fragrance, Manifesto] Yves Saint Laurent is a brand that inspires me deeply. Since its creation, the brand has conveyed strong values that I cherish, such as an unwavering commitment, absolute love and feminine audacity. This new fragrance is an emblem of it all. I am [excited] to be part of this beautiful adventure.
151 When something happens, I always check myself and know it's going to go away. So be prepared for it. This is a tough business for actors who are sensitive. If you try to hold on to things, you'll go crazy.
152 You know, it's recently come into focus for me why I want to be an actor: It's because of the connection I feel to people.
153 [on dealing with her quick fame] I'll be the first unknown that everyone's going to be sick of. People will say, "We have no idea what her name is, but she is everywhere!"
154 I was always a little awkward, a redhead, and very freckly. Kids like to make fun of people who are different. I had short red hair and wore workout boots, so I got teased really badly for having red hair and being different.
155 I walk the dogs, I play the ukulele, I cook. I'm not a girl who goes to big parties--I'm shy.
156 I was the girl who cut school to go to the park, and the other kids would be smoking and drinking and I'd be reading Shakespeare.
157 I'm not the girl at the club on the table. I'm going to be the one in the corner, quiet and so I don't call attention to myself.
158 I love fashion. As a young girl I would always save my money to buy fashion magazines and imagine myself doing photo shoots or walking up the red carpet. All those things came true in my life although I like a more retro look than a lot of the latest designer things I get to wear. But fashion is something I love to explore and I whenever I get to go to the big fashion shows in Paris I feel so much anxiety because I'm so fascinated by the art and creativity that goes into creating beautiful clothes.
159 My grandmother has been the biggest influence in my life when it comes to acting. My father is a fireman and mother is a vegan chef, and the only real artistic connection I had while growing up was my grandmother. She always kind of wanted to be an artist and an actress, but as a young woman in the '50s, she wasn't really given the opportunity. She was told to marry young and have children young, and be a mom. But when I was young, she'd do things like, for Christmas, she'd buy me a ballet tutu and ballet lessons. My grandmother took me to my first play. And she moved me to Juilliard. When I got in, she flew with me to move into the dorm. She's been an incredible influence in my life.
160 [Addressing her fans about her first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for The Help (2011)] Oh my goodness! I am in absolute shock. I didn't expect to receive an Oscar nomination! I really didn't! I don't understand this great year. I'm in Paris and was in a fashion show when the nominations were announced. My life has become a dream. Thank you all, for your love and faith in me. I've more blessings than I can count. Today is a beautiful day that I will remember for the rest of my life.
161 I'm very sensitive in real life. I cannot not cry if someone around me is crying. I will start to cry if someone is crying, even if it's not appropriate. I have that thing in me, a weakness or sensitivity.
162 I'm inspired by people who are so sensitive and vulnerable that they try to cover it up.
163 I always say I am a realist, and my mom says, "No, you just have anxiety."
164 There is this immediate connection, this intimacy when you're acting because there's no room to be polite or shy. Also, as an actor I get to connect with women I've never met before.
165 People were confused by me, and at first I was auditioning a lot for the crazy characters or the victim, someone who'd been attacked. Which is great, because usually those are the best acting roles.
166 It took me four hours to read the script for The Tree of Life (2011) because it's so dense and beautiful, and I feel it should be published, and I hope it is someday because it's really gorgeous. I knew from the script that it was going to be a really special film, and it was going to be unlike anything probably I'll ever make. It's like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that changes the structure of filmmaking. I didn't know how he was gonna do it, but I knew, because it was Terrence Malick, he was gonna do it and he did.
167 I don't talk about my dating life. But I will say this: in this business it's very tough to maintain a relationship because we're like gypsies - always on the move. And the more you share your relationship with the world the less special it becomes. So I always try to keep my dating life quiet.
168 Right after The Tree of Life (2011) came out, I started hearing about strategies for my career. And I made a decision that I wasn't going to do anything based on a strategy. If I don't continue to challenge myself and risk failure, I have no business being an actor. I'm not an actor to be a personality. I want to see every part I take like a master class. And you know what? I'm going to fail sometimes. And that's OK. Because when you fail, you learn more.
169 When I first moved to LA, it was very difficult. All the casting directors didn't know what to do with me, with the way I looked. I'm not blonde with tanned skin and tall and skinny. I looked very different - and they said I looked like I was from another time.
170 I don't normally get into this, but I'm a vegan. And I try not to, well, I don't want to torture anything. I guess it's about trying to live a life where I'm not contributing to the cruelty in the world... While I am on this planet, I want everyone I meet to know that I am grateful they are here.
171 [on preparing for her role in The Tree of Life (2011)] Emotionally and spiritually, I had to figure out what it meant to play the embodiment of grace. And how do I capture that? Okay, so I start studying paintings of the Madonna at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I start listening to music that inspires feelings of love inside me, I start reading books about cultivating joy and cultivating gratitude. I start meditating.
172 I get embarrassed really easily. I get embarrassed even when people sing me "Happy Birthday."
173 Sometimes I'll have a meeting with someone and they'll say, "Oh, Sean Penn was just here and was saying the nicest things about you". You know, when you're applying for a job? These are like my recommendations. It's nice.
174 [on rehearsals] They'll say, "Save it, save it". I tell them: "Don't worry. I have a bottomless well of tears."
175 [on being directed by Terrence Malick in The Tree of Life (2011)] I would have pages of what we were going to convey, but I could say the words in any order I wanted, and sometimes we would say the same thing in many different ways... I think he will always be the greatest teacher I know. I'm trying, in the Terrence Malick kind of way of not planning and just allowing life to happen, trying to find these moments that mirror life and [are] not preconceived in any way. So that has changed me. I try to keep that freshness in things we've done.
176 I don't look modern. I'm not the girl that would walk into the room and everyone goes, "Oh!"
177 I was a difficult child because I wanted to be the mom.

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