JESSICA CHASTAIN (Mrs. O’Brien) has emerged as one of
Hollywood’s most sought after actors of her generation.
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.
Chastain stars as the female lead in Miramax’s THE DEBT alongside Helen
Mirren and Sam Worthington. Chastain is an Israeli Mossad agent sent on a
mission to apprehend the WWII Nazi surgeon from the concentration camp who
tortured Jewish prisoners. Production took place in Budapest and Tel Aviv.
Chastain will also be seen in Ami Mann’s upcoming feature film, THE FIELDS.
This psychological thriller is based on true events that took place in a small
Pennsylvania town in 1973. In this project Jessica will star alongside Sam
Worthington and Chloe Moretz.
Chastain recently wrapped production on Dreamworks’ adaptation of the
best-selling Kathryn Stockett novel THE HELP playing Celia Foote, an insecure
Southern lady constantly trying to fit in with the high society women who reject
her. The story centers on black maids working in white households in the early
1960s in Jackson, Miss. Viola Davis, Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard and Octavia
Spencer are among the cast. The film will be released in August 2011.
Chastain will soon begin filming WETTEST COUNTY, opposite Shia LaBeouf and
Tom Hardy. The film will be directed by John Hillcoat and produced by Doug Wick.
In 2009, Jessica played the role of Desmonda in the classic play Othello
opposite Phillip Seymor Hoffman. Directed by Peter Sellars, the project ran
beginning in Vienna, then Germany and finishing in New York.
At the senior class Juilliard showcase, Jessica landed a coveted talent deal
with Emmy award winning executive producer and writer John Wells, the show
runner of “E.R.”, “West Wing” and producer of WHITE OLEANDER. After completing a
pilot for John Wells and director PJ Hogan (MY BEST FRIEND’S WEDDING), Jessica
returned to the stage in the Los Angeles Wadsworth Theatre production of Salome,
where Academy Award Winners Estelle Parsons (director) and Al Pacino handpicked
Jessica to play the title role of ‘Salome’ opposite Al. Continuing the
collaboration, producer Barry Navidi commenced the film version of ‘Salome’
entitled WILD SALOME directed by Al Pacino, where they filmed behind the scenes
and portions of the play’s production.
Chastain’s stage work in Salome received enormous critical attention and led
to her landing the dynamic title role of JOLENE in the Dan Ireland directed
production opposite Rupert Friend, Frances Fisher, Dermot Mulroney and Michael
Vartan. This adaptation of the E.L. Doctorow (Ragtime) short story Jolene
depicts a young woman’s odyssey of relationships over the course of ten years.
Chastain won the Best Actress Award at the 2008 Seattle Film Festival for this
Chastain currently lives in California.