Jessica Chastain, whose full name is Jessica Michelle Chastain, is an American actress known for her luminous realism in a variety of roles. She was born in the United States on March 24, 1977, in Sacramento, California. She was known for portraying women who were flawed but strong.
After being born to teen parents, Chastain was raised by her mother, a vegan chef, and later by her stepfather, a firefighter. Her grandmother took her to see a play when she was a child, and she became interested in acting. She struggled in high school, but in 1998 she graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. In the same year, she made her professional stage debut in a production of Romeo and Juliet in Mountain View, California.
After enrolling at the Juilliard School in New York City, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a film career (B.F.A., 2003).
For several years, Chastain alternated guest appearances on television shows with stage work. She is best known for co-starring in a Los Angeles production of Oscar Wilde’s Salomé with Al Pacino (2006). In 2008, she made her film debut as Jolene in the title role. The following year, she played Desdemona in an Off-Broadway production of Othello. She co-starred with Helen Mirren in the thriller The Debt (2010) as a Mossad agent haunted by their past. In 2011, Chastain got her big break when she starred in several films, including Terrence Malick’s meditation The Tree of Life and the Tree of Death.
Chastain’s big breakthrough came in 2011, when she starred in a number of films, including Terrence Malick’s meditation The Tree of Life and the box office smash The Help. Chastain played an isolated housewife who hires an African American maid (Octavia Spencer) to deceive her husband into thinking she can cook and do chores in the latter film. Chastain was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance.
Lawless, a drama about Depression-era bootleggers in rural Virginia, and Kathryn Bigelow’s thriller Zero Dark Thirty, in which she played a CIA analyst who assists in the search for Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the September 11 attacks, were among Chastain’s 2012 credits; she received another Oscar nomination for the latter. Chastain continued to show her versatility by starring in Mama (2013), a horror film, and playing a variety of roles in Liv Ullmann’s Miss Julie, based on the August Strindberg play; A Most Violent Year, a gangster film; and Christopher Nolan’s powerful science-fiction drama Interstellar (all 2014).
Chastain portrayed the commander of a Mars mission that was forced to abandon one of its crew members (Matt Damon).
She was cast as the wife of the titular character (Chris Hemsworth) in the fairy-tale adaptation The Huntsman: Winter’s War in 2016 and received critical acclaim for her performance as a motivated and powerful lobbyist in Miss Sloane. For her next two films, she chose female directors: Niki Caro’s The Zookeeper’s Wife, about a Warsaw couple who uses a zoo to help Jews flee Nazis during World War II, and Susanna White’s biopic Woman Walks Ahead, about a white woman who became involved in the Lakota struggle for land rights in the late 1800s (both 2017).
Chastain went on to star in the sequel to the X-Men franchise, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, as well as the horror film It Chapter Two (both 2019). She starred in the crime drama Ava in 2020. The following year, she and Oscar Isaac starred in the TV miniseries Scenes from a Marriage, a remake of Ingmar Bergman’s 1973 series, in which they played a couple whose marriage is falling apart. In 2021, she starred as the title character in the biopic The Eyes of Tammy Faye, about married televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, who were brought down by scandal. Chastain was part of an all-star cast that included Lupita Nyong’o and Penélope Cruz in the espionage thriller The 355 (2022).
Jessica Chastain networth is $50 Million