Jessica Chastain has been one of the most prolific actors of the last few years – at one point in 2011, there were as many as six screens in one theater, all playing at least one movie with Chastain in it. Now, although she has slowed down the number of roles she’s appearing in, she is set to appear in two incredibly anticipated productions: one is the Kathryn Bigelow Bin Laden raid thriller ‘Zero Dark Thirty’, and the other is a Broadway production of ‘The Heiress’.
In the current issue of New York Magazine, Chastain talks about doing Broadway. She talks about how she approaches the script, saying, “As an actor, you approach the characters from what the script tells you. You don’t think about, Well, what do I look like compared to what she looks like?” She also talks about eating her lunch in the dressing room due to the large prep time, saying “I’m a jeans girl, but a blue-jeans way of moving is very different from wearing petticoats, so from day one, I was wearing the shoes, the skirt, the corset. I never really left the rehearsal room. It took so long to put everything on every day, it’s like, Well, I’ll just bring my lunch and eat it here.”
Chastain admits that she still gets stage fright before the curtain opens, and says, “Every night I whisper to myself, ‘You chose this, Jessica. You chose this. This is what you wanted to do your whole life.’”
Chastain's Zero Dark Thirty is set to be released by Sony in December.