Posted By Maria Jan 30th, 2015 Leave a Comment

Here are some amazing drawings of Jessica by the talented Heath Ziegenfusz. Be sure to check them out!

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Posted By Maria Jan 24th, 2015 Leave a Comment

In the subtle luxury of a room at the Soho Hotel, Hollywood star Jessica Chastain says a warm hello, then politely offers me a drink of water and a share of her open packet of crisps. I decline a crisp — although in other settings I find them worryingly addictive. The petite Chastain, on the other hand, looks as if she knows exactly when to stop.

She arrived in London that morning on an overnight flight from New York, but when we meet at lunchtime she seems both refreshed and immaculate: fine-boned, with translucent skin and her signature silky flame of hair, which in photographs — depending on the light — can run the gamut from apricot to fox-pelt. Her little black dress with the white Peter Pan collar (by the cult New York label Ruffian) seems quirkily fashionable rather than prim.

Still, there’s a whiff of the old-fashioned movie actress to Chastain rather than the take-me-as-I-am arrogance of much modern celebrity: it’s there in the grooming and the upright posture — a legacy, perhaps, of her teenage ballet training. No matter what she does, you get the sense that she intends to do it properly.

Chastain, 37, is in town to promote A Most Violent Year, J C Chandor’s edgily atmospheric tale of an ambitious married couple expanding an oil supply business in New York in 1981, when the city was beset by soaring crime and social decay. She plays Anna Morales, a glamorous, chain-smoking blonde who steers her husband Abel’s risky rise through a crooked industry, goading him towards streetwise criminality while he struggles for respectability.

Anna is a piece of work, so what inspired the character? “Dick Cheney,” the former US vice-president, she replies. It transpires that she thinks of Anna, the dark realist, as Cheney to Abel’s George W Bush: “One is the face of the operation, and the other is doing — I guess the brains — but the corrupt brains.”

Abel is played by her old friend from New York’s Juilliard drama school, Oscar Isaac, previously best known for Inside Llewyn Davis: both former fellow students are now roaringly successful. Although A Most Violent Year missed out on an Oscar nomination, last week Chastain received the US Critics’ Choice Most Valuable Player award, in recognition of a year that included her role in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. She used the acceptance speech to plead for “greater diversity” in Hollywood (particularly timely this time around, in which not a single non-white actor was Oscar-nominated, although Chastain says she was speaking to the industry in general rather than any single awards panel.)

Do Hollywood power-brokers approach her differently now? “Yes,” she smiles: “I was talking to Oscar Isaac about this — the second your career starts going well you get all these people coming to you and saying, ‘I always knew.’”
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I have added to the gallery HQ pictures of Jessica from the filming of The Graham Norton Show at the London Studios, which it will air on BBC on Jan. 23rd. Enjoy!

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Appearances & Events > Appearances 2015 > January 19 – The Graham Norton Show At The London Studios

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LONDON (AP) — Jessica Chastain said Tuesday she has received a barrage of abuse following her recent speech urging more diversity in Hollywood.

The American actress, who was honored as Most Valuable Player at last Thursday’s Critics’ Choice Awards ceremony, used her time onstage to make a plea to Hollywood executives and actors on the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.

The 37-year-old star of “Zero Dark Thirty” implored those in attendance to “stand together against homophobic, sexist, misogynistic, anti-Semitic and racist agendas,” leading Oprah Winfrey to mouth “wow” as Chastain concluded her speech.

Speaking to The Associated Press, Chastain acknowledged she was shocked by messages she’s received since the ceremony – calling the reaction “strange.”

“I’ve had really terrible people who are racists comment on the speech and say really terrible things. I’m understanding that some people in this world, how much hate they can have,” she said.

However, she said, she has also been cheered by the amount of support from Hollywood insiders, including film producers and stars, who echo her beliefs on the lack of diversity within the industry.

Chastain accepted her MVP award on the evening of this year’s Oscar nominations, which were criticized by some for the absence of black actors and directors.

“Some people had taken my speech and then made it about awards — like SAG Awards or Oscars. That’s not what my speech was about,” Chastain said.

“To me awards are just a reflection. It’s just a symptom of the disease and the disease is in the industry. If we had more diversity in our films it would be reflected in diversity in the nominees.”

While accepting that, by being a part of the industry, she’s “part of the problem,” Chastain said she is hopeful she can broaden Hollywood’s horizons by continuing to speak out in the future, saying “we all need to work together to fix it.”

Posted By Maria Jan 20th, 2015 Leave a Comment

Jessica attended the UK photocall during the press day for ‘A Most Violent Year’ in London today. She looked lovely in all black, HQ pictures have been added to the gallery. Enjoy!

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Appearances & Events > Appearances 2015 > January 20 – ‘A Most Violent Year’ – Photocall, London

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Congratulation Jessica!!!

 

 

 “It is an incredible honor to be in partnership with Piaget,” Chastain said in a statement. “Their attention to detail is unparalleled and their beautiful collection reflects the company’s motto to ‘Always do better than necessary.’”

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