Jessica Chastain is an American actress and producer known for her versatility and commitment to portraying strong female characters. She has garnered numerous accolades, including an Academy Award, two Golden Globe Awards, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Born in Sacramento, California, in 1977, Chastain developed an early interest in acting and participated in various theatrical productions during her youth. She later attended Juilliard School in New York City, where she honed her craft and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drama in 2003.
Chastain's professional acting career began with appearances in television shows like "ER" and "Veronica Mars," as well as stage productions off-Broadway. Her breakthrough role came in 2011 when she starred in a string of critically acclaimed films, including "The Help," "Tree of Life," and "The Debt." These performances solidified her position as a rising star in Hollywood and earned her numerous awards and nominations.
Over the following decade, Chastain continued to impress audiences with her diverse portrayals in films like "Zero Dark Thirty" (2012), "Interstellar" (2014), "Crimson Peak" (2015), "Molly's Game" (2017), and "It: Chapter Two" (2019). She also ventured into producing, serving as an executive producer on the biographical drama "Miss Sloane" (2016).
Chastain's dedication to feminist themes and her portrayal of complex female characters have earned her recognition as a role model and advocate for women in the film industry. She has been vocal about issues like gender inequality and pay disparity in Hollywood, using her platform to promote change.