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Jessica Chastain Explains How She Chooses Her Roles

Jessica Chastain is all smiles while making an appearance at the Build Series on Tuesday afternoon (March 21) in New York City.

The Oscar-nominated actress was joined by her The Zookeeper’s Wife director Niki Caro for the interview.

Jessica has been doing a lot of press for her upcoming film and she recently opened up about how she chooses her roles.

“I’m drawn to characters that challenge the status quo, that challenge the expectations of what they’re supposed to be,” Jessica said in an interview with Yahoo. “Even the small supporting characters that I play in films, I just want to make sure that these women are multi-dimensinal woman, and they’re not objects of the male character, they’re subjects. They have their own stories, their own lives, their own hopes and dreams.”

“A lot of people say to me I play strong women. I think every woman is strong. I think I just choose parts that are well-written female roles,” Jessica added.

FYI: Jessica is wearing a The Row outfit.

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Jessica Chastain Says 'The Zookeeper's Wife' Is A 'Labor Of Love'

Jessica Chastain has opened up about why she decided star in The Zookeeper’s Wife, which hits theaters on Friday (March 31)!

“It’s a labor of love for me. It’s an incredible story about this great female hero that has been untold,” the Oscar-nominated actress while promoting the flick on the TODAY show, adding that the director, Niki Caro, screenwriters Angela Workman and Diane, plus the producers were all women.

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“It was definitely a girls group,” Jessica added. “I was not familiar at all with it. I was shocked. But what I really loved about this story is that it showcased humanity in the time of war.”

Pictured: Jessica joining director Niki Caro at their SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversations panel and screening for The Zookeeper’s Wife held on Monday (March 20) in New York City.


Jessica Chastain ‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’ Was A ‘Labor Of Love’ | TODAY
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Jessica Chastain to Be Honored at Variety's Power of Women

Jessica Chastain looks gorgeous in green while making an appearance on The Today Show on Monday morning (March 20) in New York City.

The Oscar-nominated actress was on the morning show to promote her upcoming film The Zookeeper’s Wife, which hits theaters on March 31.

It was just announced that Jessica will be one of the honorees at Variety’s Power of Women: New York event presented by Lifetime.

The other women being recognized include Blake Lively, Chelsea Clinton, Audra McDonald, Gayle King, and Shari Redstone.

FYI: Jessica is wearing a custom Carl Kapp dress.

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Jessica Chastain Calls Out Troll Over Women's Healthcare

Jessica Chastain looks so stunning at a special screening of The Zookeeper’s Wife at Regal Union Square on Sunday (March 19) in New York City.

The star of the film was joined by director Niki Caro and writer Angela Workman.

Earlier in the day, Jessica responded to some people on Twitter who were talking about Donald Trump.

“Some men don’t want to pay for women’s health, but sorry, you wouldnt be here without us. Time to show honor & respect for your mothers guys,” Jes wrote on Twitter, referring to Trump‘s new healthcare budget which would eliminate maternity coverage. “Please Steven, tell me more about what women want. I need your insight,” Jes added on Twitter when one user tried to “mansplain” women’s health coverage.

FYI: Jessica is wearing a Prada dress, Christian Louboutin heels, and Piaget jewels.More Here! »

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Jessica Chastain Attends the International Women's Day March in Poland

Jessica Chastain is all smiles as she takes attends the International Women’s Day March on Wednesday (March 8) in Warsaw, Poland.

The 39-year-old actress is in Poland promoting her new film The Zookeeper’s Wife.

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While she was taking part in the march, Jessica took to Instagram to share a special message in support of International Women’s Day.

“Happy #InternationalWomensDay from the Women’s March in Warsaw. I stand in solidarity with women all over the world today and everyday,” Jessica captioned the below picture.

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Jessica Chastain Visits Zoo in Warsaw During 'Zookeeper's Wife' Press Tour

Jessica Chastain looks gorgeous in a blue dress at a special screening of The Zookeeper’s Wife on Tuesday night (March 7) in Warsaw, Poland.

The Oscar-nominated actress was all smiles earlier in the day while getting to visit the historic zoo in Warsaw, where her movie is based.

The film tells the real-life story of one working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during World War II. In 1939 Poland, Antonina Żabińska (Chastain) and her husband, Dr. Jan Żabiński, have the Warsaw Zoo flourishing under his stewardship and her care. When their country is invaded by the Germans, Jan and Antonina are stunned – and forced to report to the Reich’s newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck (Daniel Bruhl). To fight back on their own terms, Antonina and Jan covertly begin working with the Resistance – and put into action plans to save lives out of what has become the Warsaw Ghetto, with Antonina putting herself and even her children at great risk.

Daniel was also in attendance at the screening!

FYI: Jessica is wearing an Antonio Berardi dress, Christian Louboutin shoes, and Piaget jewelry.

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Jessica Chastain Will Strike on International Women's Day & March in Poland

Jessica Chastain is rocking an dress with animal rights messages scrawled all over from Stella McCartney and we’re loving it.

“No leather,” and “no fur,” are just some of the messages written on the dress – which she wore while promoting The Zookeeper’s Wife on Monday (March 6) in Warsaw, Poland.

The day before, Jessica was seen carrying a big bouquet of flowers around the city.

Jessica also informed fans she will be striking on International Women’s Day on March 8.

“I plan to celebrate #InternationalWomensDay by striking on March 8th and marching in solidarity with the women of Poland. If youre not aware of the current political struggle they’re facing, please look it up,” she wrote.

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