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