Jessica Chastain: Getting Famous As Teenager Would Have Been “Disaster”
Jessica Chastain is happy she got famous when she did, rather than as a teenager. “I would have been a disaster,” she tells Glamour. “If I was 19 and I had the attention that I’m getting now, I would have just said stupid things. I would have partied more. All these expensive dinners and people giving me champagne? All these stupid things that we criticize 19-year-olds for doing when they’re famous, I would have done.”
Things weren’t always so easy for the celebrated actress. Chastain says, “[As a child] I was told every day at school that I was ugly. And that no one wanted to be my friend. The most cruel things… If I can do anything to help young girls and to be a cheerleader for people who sometimes have low self-esteem, I want to do that.”
She also takes a stand for older actresses. “I’m really, really supportive of women in Hollywood,” explains Chastain. “I love Meryl Streep. She’s such an incredible actress. But I feel like she’s the only one in her age group who gets those parts.” The star continues, “I’d like to see Jessica Lange in a movie again, you know? Or Susan Sarandon. Why isn’t Viola Davis a lead in a film? She’s one of the greatest actresses alive. And where are the Asian actors and actresses?”
“I’m not saying, ‘We don’t want movies about men.’ I’m just saying, ‘Come on, all the men I know love women. So let’s also have some stories about these women. Let’s write something for them, guys — and let’s make room for women writers too,’” explains Chastain. She’s less willing to open up about her private life. Chastain tells the magazine, “I think it’s important not to talk about it. In the future I will. If everything continues on a path, of course it’ll be part of the conversation. But until it gets there, I don’t want to put any unexpected pressure on something that is so personal and so precious. It’s too delicate right now.” What do you think about what Chastain says in Glamour?