Jessica Chastain covers the new issue of InStyle Magazine and opens up about her love life, in addition to her career and her unconventional looks.
When talking about her relationships, she says, “I have a rule. No actors. I have dated an actor before, at Juilliard [drama school], but since then, I’ve only been on a couple of dates with one and I was so freaked out someone was going to take a picture of us, because they were famous. I realised I wanted just to be able to hang out with someone… And I didn’t want to talk about the business, first of all. I love movies. But I love talking about them like when I was 15 years old. I’m a film fan, but I don’t want to talk about auditions or what movie I’m gonna do. I find that so boring.” She adds that while she has stopped herself from dating actors, nobody knows about her current boyfriend except for a ‘few people in the fashion world’.
Of course, Chastain’s low-profile lifestyle has suited her, especially as she’s not the type to court attention and fame. She says that fame and money have never been goals of hers, adding, “You have to welcome that. Off the record, I could name specifics for you. There are some actors, who are very, very famous, who know what they’re doing. They court it. Like Elizabeth Taylor. Richard Burton. It’s something that you woo. Fame and money have not been my goals. If they had, then this probably would not have happened, because this all happened from independent films. Not big pay cheques. Even The Help was an independent film. We were all cast before the success of the novel. Thank God, because they would have never ever given me Celia Foote [her character] had people known how big it would become.”
Chastain also spoke about her initially difficulty getting jobs in Los Angeles when she first moved out, saying, “There were a couple of times when I thought, ‘Maybe I should dye my hair blonde?’ I’m in LA and I’m thinking, "Why can’t I get an audition for a film? Being a redhead and not having very conventionally modern looks, it was confusing for people and they didn’t know exactly where to put me. Most of the time, it was, "Why is this taking so long?"'