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Jessica Chastain

Birth Name: 
Jessica N. Howard
Birthday: 
Thursday, March 24, 1977
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Birth Place: 
Sacramento, California, USA
Height: 
5' 4"

Jessica Chastain was raised in a middle-class family in a northern California suburb. She discovered dance at the age of nine. By the age of 13, she was in a dance troupe. She took her mother's maiden name and began performing in Shakespearean productions all over the Bay area.

An actor in a production of "Romeo & Juliet" encouraged her to audition for Juilliard as a drama major. She became a member of "Crew 32" with the help of a scholarship from one of the school's famous alumni, Robin Williams.

In her last year at Juilliard, she was offered a holding deal with TV writer/producer John Wells and she eventually worked in three of his TV shows. Jessica continues to do theatre, having played in "The Cherry Orchard", "Rodney's Wife", "Salome" and "Othello". She spends her time between New York and Los Angeles, working in theater, film and TV.

In 2011, she had a prolific year in film. She was nominated for and won a number of awards, including a 2012 Oscar nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for The Help (2011).

Awards and Nominations

2013 - Nominated - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Zero Dark Thirty)
2012 - Nominated - Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (The Help)

News

Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell to Star in 'Miss Julie'

Jessica Chastain has found her next role.... Read more
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Jessica Chastain joins Sam Worthington film

Jessica Chastain has booked the female lead opposite Sam Worthington in "The Fields," a thriller being directed by Ami Canaan Mann. Jeffrey Dean Morgan is also in the project, which is being produced and financed by QED.... Read more
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Reviews

Mama

Cultivated from a 3 minute youtube presentation by director/co-creator Andy Muschietti and his sister Barbara Muschietti, Mama is an extension of that idea, given a broader story and a higher budget for effects.... Read more
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Mama

With all the award season buzz surrounding Jessica Chastain and Zero Dark Thirty, it’s no surprise that supernatural horror film Mama was pushed back from its initial October release date.... Read more
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Zero Dark Thirty

The death of Osama bin Laden in May of 2011 is considered one of the most significant events of that year and the culmination of years’ worth of intelligence gathering and planning.... Read more
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Lawless (BLU-RAY)

John Hillcoat (The Road) and Nick Cave (The Proposition) team up for the third time to bring Matt Bondurant’s novel “The Wettest County In The World” to life on the big screen.... Read more
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Lawless

 Once in a while, theater-goers get lucky. Usually, bodies shuffle into the loudest theater in the Cineplex as it's the best shot they have at enjoying themselves. Some CGI-filled movie about saving the world, no doubt.... Read more
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Videos

A Most Violent Year (Teaser Trailer)

A Most Violent Year (Teaser Trailer)

A Most Violent Year starring Osacar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo ... Read more
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Interstellar (Trailer #3)

Interstellar (Trailer #3)

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Interstellar (TV Spot)

Interstellar (TV Spot)

Interstellar starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, Topher Grace ... Read more
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The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby (Dine And Dash)

The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby (Dine And Dash)

The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby - Dine And Dash Clip ... Read more
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The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby (Someplace Good)

The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby (Someplace Good)

The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby - Someplace Good Clip ... Read more
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