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Jessica Chastain Biography

Birth Name:
Jessica Michelle Chastain
Birth Place:
California, United States
Profession
Actor

Fast Facts

  • Started dancing when she was 9
  • Was inspired to go into acting when she was a little girl after she attended a play with her grandmother, who later helped her move to New York
  • A lover of Shakespeare, she chose to audition for Juilliard with a soliloquy from Romeo & Juliet
  • She was awarded a scholarship to the school from alumnus Robin Williams, whom she had never met
  • In 2008, won the Seattle International Film Festival's Best Actress Award for her debut film performance in Jolene
  • Starred opposite Al Pacino in a 2006 stage production of Oscar Wilde's Salome and also appeared in Pacino's drama documentary Wilde Salome (2011), which looked at his fascination with the play

Awards

  • 2018Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 2017Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 2017Critics' Choice Awards-Best Actress: nominated
  • 2015Independent Spirit Awards-Best Supporting Female: nominated
  • 2015IFTA Film & Drama Awards-Best International Actress: nominated
  • 2015Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2015Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2015Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Critics' Choice MVP Award: winner
  • 2015Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Critics' Choice MVP Award: winner
  • 2015Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Critics' Choice MVP Award: winner
  • 2015Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Critics' Choice MVP Award: winner
  • 2014National Board of Review-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2013Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Actress: winner
  • 2013Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: winner
  • 2013BAFTA Film Awards-Best Leading Actress: nominated
  • 2012National Board of Review-Best Actress: winner
  • 2012Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2012Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2012Independent Spirit Awards-Best Supporting Female: nominated
  • 2012Washington D.C. Film Critics Association-Best Actress: winner
  • 2012Detroit Film Critics Society-Best Actress: nominated
  • 2012Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2011Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: winner
  • 2011Detroit Film Critics Society-Breakthrough Performance: winner
  • 2011Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2011New York Film Critics Online-Breakthrough Performer: winner
  • 2011L.A. Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2011National Society of Film Critics-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2011New York Film Critics Circle-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2011Detroit Film Critics Society-Best Supporting Actress: nominated

Relationships

  • Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo--Husband