The Help actress Jessica Chastain has received huge praise from Guillermo del Toro, who has admitted to being a big fan of the actress. Jessica stars in the movie Mama, which Guillermo was an executive producer on, and del Toro claims that he was eager to get Chastain to be in the movie.
Guillermo explained to Slash Film, “Well you know her movies hadn’t been released, any of the movies that have made her now so famous you know? I just saw… We were having many casting suggestions with big names and big stars and this and that and then I saw [2010 political thriller starring Helen Mirren] The Debt with probably an illegal copy, I don’t know.”
He added, “Bob Bernie was very surprised, ‘How did you get it?’ ‘I don’t know…’ But I saw The Debt and I was blown away by the fact that all of her choices as actress were so smart, you know like scenes that played counter point to the way they would normally be played.”
Guillermo also admitted that he was impressed by the leadership qualities that Jessica manages to produce and the fact that she is also capable of inspiring her castmates.
He said, “The way she seemed to absorb Helen Mirren’s sort of mannerisms and then I talked to her and she said, ‘Actually Helen Mirren did some stuff I did, because we met after I finished my performance.’ I said, ‘Well how did you get all of her…’ ‘I watch a lot of her movies.’”
Guillermo continued, “I thought she was so smart and we went and said back then ‘We want this actress that has no movies released, because she is the perfect actress.’ We went and fortunately we got the actress we wanted.”
You will be able to catch Jessica Chastain in Mama, when it is released next year.