You might want to remember the name Jessica Chastain. The reason is while you don’t know her name right now, by the end of the year, you will. That’s because Chastain has been acting in a ton of high profile movies over the past few years and most are going to get released this year. Here’s the list: Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life, Ami Canaan Mann’s The Fields, John Madden’s The Debt, Al Pacino’s Wilde Salome, Tate Taylor’s The Help, and she’s about to start filming John Hillcoat’s The Wettest Country in the World opposite Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy. As I said, she’s about to step into the spotlight.
At this year’s Sundance, I was able to sit down with Chastain for an extended video interview to talk about Take Shelter – which premiered at this year’s Festival. Written and directed by Jeff Nichols (Shotgun Stories), the film is about a young husband and father that must decide whether to shelter his family from the storm, or from himself, after being plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions. The film stars Michael Shannon and he delivers an incredible performance. Of course one of the reasons he’s so great is being able to play off Chastain, who really impressed me as a young mother and wife.
During our extended conversation, we discussed her early TV work like NBC’s Journeyman, what it was like to work for Malick on Tree of Life and his next film which stars Ben Affleck, who she plays in Wettest Country, and so much more. If you’d like to learn a lot about this rising actress, hit the jump to watch the interview. I’ve also pulled some quotes about working for Malick which only make me more excited to see The Tree of Life.