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Jessica Chastain Recalls the Moment Her Mother's Boyfriend Slapped Her: 'I Just Kicked Him in the Genitals'

Jessica Chastain Recalls the Moment Her Mother's Boyfriend Slapped Her: 'I Just Kicked Him in the Genitals'

Jessica Chastain is on the cover of WSJ. Magazine‘s Talents & Legends issue.

Here’s what the Molly’s Game actress had to share with the mag:

On how her past informs her choices: “My mom was a single mom; I don’t know who my biological father is, and I grew up in a household that was really financially unstable. There was a turning point in my life where we were living with someone I didn’t like very much, a boyfriend of my mom’s. And he did something—my room was messy or whatever and he had taken my clothes, and I was telling him to give me back my stuff —and he slapped me. And I just kicked him in the genitals, and he fell to the ground immediately. It was me, my sister and my brother—and I remember looking at my sister’s face, and we were both like, ‘Oh, my God, what did I just do?’ And then I ran out of the house. But I always look back on that moment as knowing that, OK, if anything happens to me, I’m capable of fighting back. He never messed with me again. If you allow a bully to intimidate or victimize you, they’ll continue to do it. Bullies are actually weak; they don’t go after strong people.”

On how Harvey Weinstein introduced her once: “He actually told the audience, ‘If I had to get in a boxing ring with Muhammad Ali or Jessica Chastain, I would choose Muhammad Ali.’”

On her husband Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo: “I never wanted to get married. When I first met my husband, he knew that marriage wasn’t something I was interested in. And then as we got to know each other, the idea of marriage shifted for me. There are some things worth celebrating—and he’s worth celebrating. I actually love being married. I never thought I would, but this is a spectacular human being, and I am celebrating that I get to share my life with him.”

For more from Jessica, visit WSJ.com.

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Credit: Annemarieke Van Drimmelen for WSJ. Magazine
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  • Stoni

    I think that is hilarious that she kicked him. Any parent that physically abuses their kids needs to remember when they get old I hope their kids beat the crap out of them daily. That would be hilarious. LMAO.

  • Stoni

    I think that is hilarious that she kicked him! Any parent that physically abuses their kids needs to remember when they get old I hope their kids beat the crap out of them daily. That would be hilarious. LMAO.

  • Barry

    Let’s me sum up..
    I’m awesome. I’m Jessica Chastain.

  • Lee

    Oh, jes, you’re such a tough, badass, nasty woman. (yawn)

    ETA: She DOES know who her bio father is, there was a whole DM article about her family, her sister’s suicide (who was also his daughter). He passed away from cancer, her sister reached out to him because she was probably ignored, not the special one like jes (smh), but jes didn’t reach out to him ever because, well, she’s a tough, badass, nasty woman……and a liar obviously.

  • Maria M.

    If he left them then I can understand when children don’t want to know about them when they grow up. But if her mother left him then why hold it against him? Especially on a deathbed.

  • Maria M.

    I think not kicking adults is a matter of proper upbringing. Even if they slap you or commit some injustice. But most children raised by one parent are not very well raised. They are trying to provide and children are raising themselves.