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JESSICA CHASTAIN most recently starred opposite Brad Pitt in Terrence Malick's Palme d'Or-winning drama TREE OF LIFE. Her upcoming films include THE HELP, the highly anticipated adaptation of the best -selling Kathryn Stockett novel, co-starring Viola Davis, Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard and Octavia Spencer; the drama THE DEBT, alongside Helen Mirren and Sam Worthington; Ami Mann's psychological thriller THE FIELDS, alongside Sam Worthington and Chloe Moretz; and John Hillcoat's THE WETTEST COUNTY IN THE WORLD, opposite Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy.

Born and raised in Northern California, Chastain attended the Juilliard School in New York City. While there she starred in "Romeo And Juliet " and went on to receive glowing reviews for her performances in "The Cherry Orchard, " opposite Michelle Williams at Williamstown; and Richard Nelson's "Rodney's Wife, " opposite David Strathairn off-Broadway at Playwright's Horizons.

At the senior class Juilliard showcase, Chastain landed a coveted talent deal with Emmy Award- winning executive producer and writer John Wells. After completing a pilot for Wells and director PJ Hogan, Chastain returned to the stage in the Los Angeles Wadsworth Theatre production of "Salome, " having been hand-picked by director Estelle Parsons and star Al Pacino to play the title role opposite Pacino. Continuing the collaboration, producer Barry Navidi commenced the film version of the play, entitled WILD SALOME, under Pacino's direction.

Chastain's performance in "Salome " received enormous critical attention and led to her landing the dynamic title role in Dan Ireland's JOLENE, opposite Rupert Friend, Frances Fisher, Dermot Mulroney and Michael Vartan. Chastain's performance earned her the Best Actress Award at the 2008 Seattle Film Festival.

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