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Jessica Chastain Wants to Know Why Viola Davis, Jessica Lange, & Susan Sarandon Aren't Offered Leading Roles

Jessica Chastain Wants to Know Why Viola Davis, Jessica Lange, & Susan Sarandon Aren't Offered Leading Roles

Jessica Chastain looks as gorgeous as ever on the cover of Glamour magazine’s November 2014 issue, on newsstands October 14.

Here’s what the Oscar nominated actress had to share with the mag:

On supporting women in Hollywood: “I’m really, really supportive of women in Hollywood. I love Meryl Streep. She’s such an incredible actress. But I feel like she’s the only one in her age group who gets those parts. I’d like to see Jessica Lange in a movie again, you know? Or Susan Sarandon. Why isn’t Viola Davis a lead in a film? She’s one of the greatest actresses alive. And where are the Asian actors and actresses? I’m not saying, ‘We don’t want movies about men.’ I’m just saying, ‘Come on, all the men I know love women. So let’s also have some stories about these women. Let’s write something for them, guys—and let’s make room for women writers too.’”

On keeping her love life private: “I think it’s important not to talk about it. In the future I will. If everything continues on a path, of course it’ll be part of the conversation. But until it gets there, I don’t want to put any unexpected pressure on something that is so personal and so precious. It’s too delicate right now.”

On overcoming bullying: “[As a child] I was told every day at school that I was ugly. And that no one wanted to be my friend. The most cruel things…. If I can do anything to help young girls and to be a cheerleader for people who sometimes have low self-esteem, I want to do that.”

On become famous after her teenage years: “I would have been a disaster. If I was 19 and I had the attention that I’m getting now, I would have just said stupid things. I would have partied more. All these expensive dinners and people giving me champagne? All these stupid things that we criticize 19-year-olds for doing when they’re famous, I would have done.”

For more from Jessica, visit Glamour.com.

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  • go go

    Please what sn idiot! If she wants to party she can party and drink as much champaign as she wants. GMAFB, she is so damn phony. She prob does as much coke as everyone else, b!tch please shes not any better or more mature than these other clueless celebs and guess what? Nobody gives a crap about her love life.

  • Good Girl

    Oh, poor Jessica, desperate to become popular in Hollywood.

  • wk

    She needs to run Hollywood, she is so fab

  • Amy

    And cue the haters in 3. . . .2. . . 1. Some people here are so predictable.

  • Emily

    Uh, because you’re taking them all? She works back-to-back and I’m growing tired of her. She has like 8 movies coming out in 2014/2015.

  • OhPlease

    She was bullied. She was poor. Her sister committed suicide. She feels depressed. She’s mad about everything. Sis, you are NOT getting an Oscar this year so save all your sob stories. lol

  • go go

    I cant wait for an incident where she barks “Do you know who I am?” Mmmm hmmmm….

  • Lee

    It’s so cool to be a celeb and say you’ve been bullied. What BS. She disgraces people that actually have been bullied who have no public voice. Such a self important, self absorbed person no better than any orher actress

  • Mat IAs

    @go go:
    go go you can’t live without Jessica,right?

    go away stupid troll!!

    pathetic trolls, everyone should be banned here.

  • Lee

    @Mat IAs:

    Stupid sh!theads like you always try to dominate a blog and font want to read any body elses opinion if it doesnt match yours. Just because you drink the jessica kool aid foesnt mean everyone rlse has to and until the day(will never happen) when JJ says you can only post nicey nice comments about a celebs post ppl are not effin TROLLS if they have an opinion. You and others like you are the sycophant that these fameho celebs crave

  • akari

    What she said is true and hopefully Hollywood film become more diverse

  • Alaia

    @Emily: Yes, she is taking Jessica Lange’s roles. Are you a moron? She was clearly talking about older actresses.

  • Tina

    I like her as an actress and I used to like her as a person but right know she just tries way too hard and slowly becomes unbearable. Her photos/covers/interviews have been posted on gossip sites every single day for the last 2-3 months and her attempts to be seen as a social activist in Hollywood don’t ring true. On the other hand, it can’t be really surprising that she tries so hard PR-wise since her acting abilities didn’t win her an Oscar and I think she realizes that after her loss with JLaw who got it solely based on good PR and “relatable-goofy” (or whatever) image.

  • Lee

    @Tina:

    ^THIS THANK YOU!
    she is talking way too much and spewing some stupid sh!t instead of anything intelligent exactly like she said she would do if she was 19! Who cares what she would be at 19? She’s 37 if you want to do drugs do ‘em! So immature grow up and shut up.

  • Kate

    @Tina: She also has a facebook page where she keeps posting regularly about herself. Who the hell in hollywood does that?

  • go go

    @Lee:

    Haha she IS acting like 19! Fame really does corrupt….

  • Barbie and Kent

    JJ comments are UNDER IQ -level for normal educated people
    Jessica Chastain is talented WOMEN not teen with brain like strainer

  • Lee

    @Barbie and Kent:

    Then why is she behaving like one?

  • lol

    @OhPlease: HAHAHA )))))))

  • Joelle

    Sometimes things aren’t about being diverse. Hollywood is about making money and connections. They’re not going to put millions in a film if they don’t think the lead actor can put butts in the seats at the theater. Maybe she can get together with some of her friends and use the millions they’ve made to make films for others. Nah, won’t happen.

  • LoveTheShoes

    @Emily: You sound so utterly daffy that its headache inducing. Wow! You’re mad because she has EIGHT MOVIES COMING OUT! Are you really wanting to be viewed as a beyond the pale dolt? Seriously. Is this a joke? Please say it is and laugh that dumbness you just typed off. Save yourself!

  • fab

    I agree with her!!!!!!!!!
    I get sick of seeing films with the main character being a white man, it’s so boring and unoriginal. I would love to see more films with the leading character being a woman of asian, latin, black or indian ethnicity. Why do the female leads always have to be white. I actually Enjoy watching Jessica Chastain but it would be nice to see a minority female lead kicking butt as well. We live in a multicultural world now and films should represent that. Not all films need to be a white female lead, like gone girl and lucy could have easily been an asian, black, indian, latina woman.
    It would make things more interesting and original.

    Oh and I love Jessica Lange, Susan Sarandon and Viola Davis too

  • Cate

    Great interview.

  • Kass

    @Tina: JLaw wasn’t faking it so stop being so mean it’s pathetic ! And nothing wrong with Goofy if that’s the way you are PEOPLE LIKE YOU MAKE ME SICK SITTING THERE ACTING LIKE YOU KNOW EVERYONE it’s sad !

  • Kass

    @Tina: And Jennifer won because she was good in Silver Linings Playbook so get your facts straight.

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