Over the last few years Jessica Chastain has demonstrated again and again that she’s one of the best actors working in Hollywood. Whether it be hunting down Osama bin Laden in Zero Dark Thirty, playing the wife of a man plagued by apocalyptic visions in Take Shelter, or putting on fifteen pounds to play the outcast Celia Foote in The Help, Chastain is always fearless and believable on screen. In her latest movie, Miss Julie, a film adaptation of August Strindberg’s famous 19th Century play being directed by Liv Ullmann, Chastain plays an aristocratic woman who strikes up a relationship with her father’s valet (Colin Farrell). The film explores issues of power through the lenses of social class, gender, and family. Unlike most modern movies, Miss Julie is deliberately paced and takes its time exploring the characters through long scenes filled with dialogue and emotion. Those who choose to pay attention will be dazzled by the performances and absolutely transported back in time.
Shortly after the premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, I landed an exclusive video interview with Jessica Chastain. She talked about what the last few years have been like and how shooting Miss Julie in chronological order helped her as an actress along with what she learned from director Liv Ullman. We also discussed the advice Al Pacino gave her on her first film, Salomé, the importance of stepping outside of your comfort zone as an actor, her reaction after watching Guillermo del Toro‘s Crimson Peak, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch.
- 0:32 – What the last few years have been like as her career has skyrocketed.
- 1:33 – Discusses how much Al Pacino taught her on her first film, Salomé.
- 2:24 – What she learned from director Liv Ullman on Miss Julie.
- 3:38 – The importance of stepping outside of your comfort zone as an actor.
- 5:13 – Talks about the intensity and rage of emotions the cast had to go through on the film.
- 6:26 – How shooting the film in chronological order helped her as an actor.
- 8:35 – Talks about the rough cut of Crimson Peak that she saw, “I’ve never seen anything like this.” Says the film is special.
- 10:17 – What her plans as an actress are for the future.