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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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Jessica Chastain & Will Ferrell to Host 'Saturday Night Live' in January

Jessica Chastain and Will Ferrell are coming to Saturday Night Live!

NBC’s hit sketch show announced that the 40-year-old Molly’s Game star will taking on hosting duties for the first time on Saturday, January 20 with musical guest Troye Sivan.

The following week – January 27 – the 50-year-old Daddy’s Home actor will return to SNL for his fourth time as host with musical guest Chris Stapleton.

SNL returns from Christmas break this Saturday, January 13 with Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri star Sam Rockwell as host with musical guest Halsey!

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Jessica Chastain Stuns in Green at Critics Choice Awards 2018!

Jessica Chastain strikes a pose as she arrives at the 2018 Critics’ Choice Awards held at The Barker Hangar on Thursday (January 11) in Santa Monica, Calif.

The 40-year-old actress went glam in a green dress for the awards show where she is nominated for Best Actress for her role in Molly’s Game.

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Tune in for the Critics’ Choice Awards, hosted by Olivia Munn, at 8/7c on The CW.

FYI: Jessica is wearing a Vionnet dress, Giuseppe Zanotti shoes, and Piaget jewelry.

10+ pictures inside of Jessica Chastain arriving at the awards show…More Here! »

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Jessica Chastain & Sally Hawkins Win Big at Los Angeles Online Film Critics Awards - See Full List of Winners!

Jessica Chastain and Sally Hawkins are all smiles while hitting the red carpet at the 2018 Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society Award Ceremony held at Taglyan Complex on Wednesday (January 10) in Los Angeles.

The Molly’s Game actress and Sally, 41, were joined at the event by Gary Oldman, Baby Driver director Edgar Wright, Patrick Stewart, and Sally‘s Shape of Water co-stars Doug Jones and Michael Stuhlbarg, and director Guillermo del Toro.

Shape of Water was the big winner of the night with four wins overall, including Best Director, Best Actress for Sally and Best Score for Alexandre Desplat.

Gary took home Best Actor for Darkest Hour, Patrick and Michael were tied for Best Supporting Actor, and Jessica was honored with the Trailblazer Award.

FYI: Jessica is wearing a Ralph Lauren Collection dress with Gianvito Rossi heels. Sally is wearing a Romona Keveza dress.

Click inside to see the full list of winners at the L.A. Online Film Critics Awards…More Here! »

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Jessica Chastain Calls Out Alleged 'All the Money in the World' Pay Disparity Between Michelle Williams & Mark Wahlberg

UPDATE: More information about this story has been released, including how much Mark was paid vs. how much Michelle was paid.

Jessica Chastain is calling out the producers of All the Money in the World for an alleged pay disparity between the film’s stars Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg.

You may remember, All the Money in the World originally starred Kevin Spacey and when multiple allegations of sexual misconduct came to light, Christopher Plummer replaced him and reshoots were quickly pulled off ahead of the film’s release date.

Women and Hollywood founder Melissa Silverstein first tweeted, “On the day after display of female power at the #goldenglobes, I learned that there was an egregious pay gap between Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg for the All the Money in the World reshoot. Did they think this wouldn’t come out? Unacceptable #TimesUp”

Molly’s Game actress Jessica Chastain responded to the tweet and wrote, “I heard for the reshoot she got $80 a day compared to his MILLIONS. Would anyone like to clarify? I really hope that with everything coming to light, she was paid fairly. She’s a brilliant actress and is wonderful in the film.”

The director of the film, Ridley Scott, did previously say that everyone did the reshoots for free. “Everyone did it for nothing. They all came in for free,” he previously told USA Today.

'Time's Up' Pioneers Pose Together at Golden Globes After Party

The inspiring women behind the Time’s Up movement joined forces on the red carpet at the InStyle and Warner Bros. Party held after the 2018 Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday (January 7) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Actresses like Natalie Portman, Michelle Williams, America Ferrera, Jessica Chastain, Amy Poehler, Meryl Streep, Kerry Washington, Eva Longoria, and Debra Messing were seen posing with activists Tarana Burke, Ai-jen Poo, and Saru Jayaraman.

The Hollywood stars decided to bring many of the important activists who are part of the movement as their dates to the show.

There were so many inspiring moments that happened at the Globes thanks to the Time’s Up movement, including Oprah Winfrey‘s amazing nine-minute speech, which is absolutely a must watch. Throughout the night of the Globes, one million people had 1.5 million interactions related to #TimesUp on Facebook.

15+ pictures inside of the ladies on the red carpet… More Here! »

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The Help's Jessica Chastain & Octavia Spencer Reunite at Golden Globes 2018!

Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer share a cute moment on the red carpet at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday (January 7) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The ladies worked together on the movie The Help and were nominated that year, with Octavia taking home the Best Supporting Actress prize.

This year, Jessica is nominated for Best Actress for her work in Molly’s Game and Octavia is up for Best Supporting Actress for her work in The Shape of Water. They are also strong supporters of the Time’s Up movement!

FYI: Jessica is wearing an Armani Prive gown and Piaget jewelry. Octavia is wearing a Tadashi Shoji dress, Jimmy Choo shoes, an Irene Neuwirth ring and earrings, and a Tyler Ellis clutch.

10+ pictures inside of Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer on the carpet… More Here! »

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