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JESSICA CHASTAIN (Celia) was born and raised in Northern California. She attended the Juilliard School where she starred in "Romeo and Juliet.” She went on to receive glowing reviews for her performances in "The Cherry Orchard” at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, opposite Michelle Williams, and in Richard Nelson's drama "Rodney's Wife,” opposite David Strathairn, at Playwrights Horizons. Chastain also starred as Desdemona in "Othello,” opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman, which was directed by Peter Sellars and staged at The Public Theater in New York City.

In feature films, Chastain starred in "Tree of Life,” this year's Palm d'Or winner at Cannes, written and directed by Terrence Malick, and starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn. She will soon be seen in "The Debt,” with Helen Mirren and Sam Worthington, "Coriolanus,” directed by and starring with Ralph Fiennes, and "Take Shelter.” She has also wrapped production on "The Wettest County” with Tom Hardy and Shia LaBeouf.

At the senior-class Juilliard showcase, Chastain landed a coveted talent deal with Emmy® Award–winning executive producer and writer John Wells, the showrunner of "E.R.” and "The West Wing,” and producer of "White Oleander.” After completing a pilot for Wells and director P.J. Hogan, Chastain returned to the stage in the Los Angeles Wadsworth Theatre production of "Salome,” where Academy Award® winners Estelle Parsons (director) and Al Pacino cast Chastain to play the title role of Salome opposite Pacino. Continuing the collaboration, she starred in the film version titled "Wilde Salome,” directed by Al Pacino.

Chastain's work in "Salome” received enormous critical attention and led to her being cast in the dynamic title role in "Jolene,” directed by Dan Ireland, and also starring Rupert Friend, Frances Fisher, Dermot Mulroney and Michael Vartan. Chastain won the Best Actress Award at the 2008 Seattle Film Festival for this role.

Jessica Chastain currently lives in California.


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