Jessica Chastain on screen and stage

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A photograph of Chastain smiling at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival
Chastain at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival

Jessica Chastain is an American actress who has appeared in film, television and stage. As a final-year student at the Juilliard School, she was signed on for a talent holding deal by the television producer John Wells.[1] From 2004 to 2010, she had guest roles in several television shows, including ER, Veronica Mars and Law & Order: Trial by Jury.[1][2] She also appeared in stage productions with Michelle Williams for The Cherry Orchard in 2004, and with Al Pacino for Salome in 2006.[2] In 2008, Chastain made her film debut as the title character in Jolene, an adaptation of E. L. Doctorow's short story Jolene: A Life.[3] She had a minor role in Stolen (2009), a critically panned mystery-thriller, following which she played the younger version of Helen Mirren's character in The Debt (2010).[4][5]

The year 2011 proved to be a breakthrough for Chastain.[6] Among her six film releases that year, she starred with Brad Pitt in The Tree of Life, an experimental drama from the director Terrence Malick, and portrayed an aspiring socialite in 1960s America in The Help, an adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's novel of the same name.[7] For the latter, Chastain received her first Academy Award nomination in the supporting actress category.[8] In 2012, she voiced Gia in the $747 million-grossing animated film Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted.[9] She also played a CIA analyst in Kathryn Bigelow's thriller Zero Dark Thirty—a partly fictionalized account of the manhunt for Osama bin Laden—which garnered her an Academy Award for Best Actress nomination.[10]

Also in 2012, Chastain made her Broadway debut with a revival of The Heiress, playing the role of a naive young girl who transforms into a powerful woman.[11] In 2013, she starred in the horror film Mama, and played an unhappily married woman in Ned Benson's The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, a drama told in three parts—Him, Her and Them.[12] Chastain's biggest live-action commercial successes came in the next two years with the science fiction films, Interstellar (2014) and The Martian (2015), both of which grossed over $600 million worldwide.[13] In the former, directed by Christopher Nolan, she played a scientist, and in the latter, directed by Ridley Scott, she featured as an astronaut alongside Matt Damon.[14][15]

Film

Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Title Year[a] Role Director(s) Notes Ref(s)
Jolene 2008 Jolene Ireland, DanDan Ireland [16]
Stolen 2009 Sally Ann Anders Anderson Also known as Stolen Lives[b] [4]
[17]
The Westerner 2010 Daniel's mother Benson, NedNed Benson Short film;
also co-producer
[18]
Debt, TheThe Debt 2010 Young Rachel Singer Madden, JohnJohn Madden [5]
Take Shelter 2011 Samantha LaForche Nichols, JeffJeff Nichols [19]
Coriolanus 2011 Virgilia Fiennes, RalphRalph Fiennes [20]
Tree of Life, TheThe Tree of Life 2011 Mrs. O'Brien Malick, TerrenceTerrence Malick [21]
Help, TheThe Help 2011 Celia Foote Taylor, TateTate Taylor [7]
Wilde Salomé[c] 2011 Salome Pacino, AlAl Pacino Documentary film [23]
Texas Killing Fields 2011 Detective Pam Stall Mann, Ami CanaanAmi Canaan Mann [24]
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted 2012 Gia Eric Darnell
Tom McGrath
Conrad Vernon
Voice only [25]
Lawless 2012 Maggie Beauford Hillcoat, JohnJohn Hillcoat [26]
The Color of Time 2012 Mrs. Williams Various Also known as Tar[d] [27]
[28]
Zero Dark Thirty 2012 Maya Bigelow, KathrynKathryn Bigelow [29]
Mama 2013 Annabel Muschietti, AndrésAndrés Muschietti [30]
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby[e] 2013 Eleanor Rigby Benson, NedNed Benson Also co-producer [31]
[32]
Miss Julie 2014 Miss Julie Ullmann, LivLiv Ullmann [33]
Interstellar 2014 Murphy "Murph" Cooper Nolan, ChristopherChristopher Nolan [34]
A Most Violent Year 2014 Anna Morales Chandor, J. C.J. C. Chandor [35]
Unity 2015 Narrator Monson, ShaunShaun Monson Documentary film [36]
[37]
The Martian 2015 Melissa Lewis Scott, RidleyRidley Scott [15]
[38]
Crimson Peak 2015 Lucille Sharpe del Toro, GuillermoGuillermo del Toro [39]
The Huntsman: Winter's War 2016 Sara Nicolas-Troyan, CedricCedric Nicolas-Troyan [40]
Miss Sloane 2016 Elizabeth Sloane Madden, JohnJohn Madden [41]
I am Jane Doe 2017 Narrator Mazzio, MaryMary Mazzio Documentary film;
also executive producer
[42]
The Zookeeper's Wife 2017 Antonina Żabińska Caro, NikiNiki Caro Also executive producer [43]
[44]
Molly's Game 2017 Molly Bloom Aaron Sorkin [45]
Woman Walks Ahead 2017 Catherine Weldon White, SusannaSusanna White [46]
X-Men: Dark Phoenix Film has yet to be released. 2018 TBA Simon Kinberg Post-production [47]
The Death and Life of John F. Donovan Film has yet to be released. 2018 Moira McCallister-King Dolan, XavierXavier Dolan Post-production [48]
[49]

Television

Title Year Role Notes Ref(s)
Dark Shadows 2004 Stoddard, CarolynCarolyn Stoddard Pilot episode[f] [50]
ER 2004 Dahlia Taslitz Episode: "Forgive and Forget" [51]
Veronica Mars 2004 Sarah Williams Episode: "The Girl Next Door" [52]
Law & Order: Trial by Jury 2005–06 ADA Sigrun Borg 3 episodes [53]
Close to Home 2006 Casey Wirth Episode: "The Rapist Next Door" [54]
The Evidence 2006 Laura Green Episode: "Pilot" [55]
Blackbeard 2006 Charlotte Ormand Miniseries [56]
Journeyman 2007 Tanna Bloom Episode: "Friendly Skies" [57]
Agatha Christie's Poirot 2010 Mary Debenham Episode: "Murder on the Orient Express" [58]
Animals. 2016 Sarah (voice) Episode: "Turkeys" [59]
[60]

Stage

Production Year Role Theater Ref(s)
Romeo and Juliet 1998 Juliet Capulet Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts [61]
The Cherry Orchard 2004 Anya Williamstown Theatre Festival [62]
Rodney's Wife 2004 Lee Playwrights Horizons [63]
Salome 2006 Salome Wadsworth Theatre [64]
Othello 2009 Desdemona The Public Theatre [65]
The Heiress 2012 Catherine Sloper Walter Kerr Theatre [66]

See also

Footnotes

  1. ^ Refers to the film's earliest release.
  2. ^ The film was screened at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival as Stolen Lives, but was released theatrically as Stolen.
  3. ^ A feature film version of the documentary, entitled Salomé, was separately released in 2013.[22]
  4. ^ The film was screened at the 2012 Rome Film Festival as Tar, but was released theatrically as The Color of Time.
  5. ^ Split into three films—subtitled Him, Her, and Them.[31]
  6. ^ The episode did not air.[50]

References

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