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
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
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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