The Inexplicable Career Explosion of Jessica Chastain
Thoroughly mediocre, unattractive, and charisma free, and yet five major movies in the past year with every big director, writer, and cast in all prestige projects resulting in absurd attention and an Oscar nom. This middling Juilliard grad brings a new definition to pallid. Two years from now, you won't know who she is.
Hands down, best management, agent and most of all, PR in the business.
Who the hell did she fuck?
I still don't know who she is. Wasn't she a soccer player?
Isn't she related to Ron Howard ?
I think you're judging her too quickly. I saw in The Help and The Debt within the same month and was really impressed by her range. Can't think of any other young actress who could play two such different parts.
How "young" is she?
JC looks well into her early 40s
I think shes a decent actress. Especially in the debt. I would have voted her or janet mcteer over octavia spencer for the oscar. I really dont understand the euphoria over octavia spencer. Standing o at the oscars? wtf?! That shit in the pie scene in the help was disgusting. I thought melissa mccarthy in bridesmaids was a pig. Thank god she didnt win. So they settled on octavia doing her hattie mcdaniel best.
Yes, she was quite convincing as "Semitic," as was Sam Worthington.
She claims she's 30 but Dlisted says she's 35. I couldn't care either way. She was very good in The Help.
r6 you are very convincing as an antisemitic. I know 3 Jewish girls who look very much like her.
She should have won the Oscar. She was fantastic in The Help
She's 37-38 if she's a day.
Her work in The Help is stolen right from Steel Magnolias. It's Roberts' Shelby mixed with Parton's character. I'm not impressed with Chastain at all but if her management can get her work good for them.
Didn't Rachel McAdams lie about her age as well? And she is gorgeous.
She looked ravishing on Oscar night.
She is going to be in "The Heiress."
Cherry Jones nailed that part and won a Tony for it, so Jessica has some big shoes to fill.
I wanted to see Lily Rabe in "The Heiress" more than anyone else.
[quote] I really dont understand the euphoria over octavia spencer. Standing o at the oscars? wtf?
Why are they remaking The Heiress, for Christ's sake? Olivia de Havilland already delivered the definite interpretation of Catherine Sloper (and won an Oscar for it).
I think she's doing it onstage, R16.
I haven't seen THE HELP but was struck by her hair in the clip they showed at the Oscars. Is her character supposed to be wearing a cheap obvious wig or is it just a cheap obvious wig?
There are some major bitches on the rag here today. First the Kristin Chenowith psycho, and now this.
Other than Viola Davis, Chastain was the best thing in THE HELP, compared to the overacting of Spencer, the one-dimensional performance of Howard, and the miscasting of Stone.
Chastain was also fine in TREE OF LIFE and TAKE SHELTER.
She's a talented woman who happened to have a lot of films come out in a short time frame, though some of them (like THE DEBT) were filmed much earlier.
OP is one of these people who is just negative for the sake of being negative, and is therefore irrelevant.
R11, with a healthy dose of Jessica Lange's character from "Blue Sky."
I thought she was terrific in The Help. I thought she was cute on the Oscars. Why all the bad sentiments OP? Why not wish a new actress well?
Mandesa from American idol fame outed her for being 35-36. They went to high school together and Mandesa had the yearbook pics to prove it.
Chastain claims professionally she's only 30.
Chastain is disliked because she's a ginge.
I probably wouldn't have a problem with her otherwise.
New York Magazine recently called Oscar Isaac this 2012's Jessica Chastain on its Ubiquitous List. At least he's better to look at.
She gave a wonderful performance in THE HELP.
And THE TREE OF LIFE, was filmed and originally supposed to open in 2009, but due to work related to those lugubrious dinosaur scenes, the release date was delayed for years.
We are quoting Mandesa as reliable sources now ? really?
Hey, Jessica Chastain is a heck of alot better looking than Kim Kardashian. If Kim is considered beautiful, then Jessica Chastain's beauty would be ethereal.
Mandesa is a homophobic cunt so never listen to her.
Oscar Isaac is fucking gorgeous R23, and like Chastain has great range. I was shocked that was him in Drive and also the Vadge film.
I thought she was great in both "Tree of Life" and "The Help". I think her acclaim is well deserved.
The real question is why the fuck do you care at all?
I just realized she's not the girl from True Blood!
It is odd how she is suddenly everywhere. Just looked over her credits and there really isn't much prior to last year. Even her theatre work is slight.
Maybe Al Pacino set stuff up for her?
I like her.
She's the Ali McGraw/Mia Farrow of The Now.
(Looks the part, nothing - absolutely noootttthinggggg - going on inside.)
She's a really good actress.
"Hands down, best management, agent and most of all, PR in the business"
No - that's Michelle Williams
At least Jessica C is good looking!
shut up r35!! I'm a widow!
Chastain is an animal lover and owns a three-legged dog
She should give the third foot to Marion Cotillard.
but I'm black.
Who cares about the extent of Jessica's talent?
The better question is whether we should have the lesbians turn their gaydar toward her for an investigation because she's never with a guy.
I don't understand why all these straight, hot actresess can't get dates.
I don't think she pings.
quote[Who the hell did she fuck?]
Don't look at me.
I like her.
I don't think she's gay, but I still like her.
Horsey ginger, at least 35, but she can act.
She seemed like she was channeling Daryl Hannah's character from 'Steel Magnolias' for her role in 'The Help'. She was better in 'The Tree of Life'.
I agree with OP. She is a clear example of a manager/agent manufactured career.
I remember the kids in THE TREE OF LIFE, but she was rather bland in the film.
I thought she was a little "actory" in The Help. Too much stuff going on
Was she not the understudy for Ronald Bilius?
She was ok with what she had to work with in The Tree of Life - basically it was an idolized mother figure, not a real character.
To everyone who bitches about "How did ____ get a career?"--really, who else is out there?
I am in the Invisible Gay Years (late 30s), so I don't know all the newest people, but I really see few talented younger stars coming up, let alone stunning ones. Those who are decent are too young for a lot of these parts.
Yes, the PR machine is there, but still...
She's really pretty and very talented. I hope to see much more of her and much less of Michelle Williams.
Lily Rabe can out act the hell out of Jessica Chastain any day of the week.
Please, Lily Rabe is a pale imitation of her mother.
A pale imitation of Jill Clayburgh is better than Jessica Chastain.
R40: She is a vegan. Does that help?
So is there a boyfriend to share all this success with? She’s not saying. ‘I don’t talk about my dating life. But I will say this: in this business it’s very tough to maintain a relationship because we’re like gypsies – always on the move. And the more you share your relationship with the world the less special it becomes. So I always try to keep my dating life quiet.’
Jessica lives near the beach in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, with her two rescue dogs, Radley, a corgi-spaniel cross, and Roman, a chihuahua mix. When she’s not working she loves to cook – she’s a strict vegan – and hang out with her best friend, actress Jess Weixler.
I thought she was good in THE HELP, but nothing that I would consider oscar worthy.
Davis was truly the best of the bunch, but I thought Emma Stone was good also.
The movie could have used a good editor. They tried to put the entire book in the movie. Three or four times I kept thinking the movie was going to end, and it just kept going.
I think her relationship with Jess is very strange. Jess looks like her "suporting wife". Friends are not that exclusive.
Anything to save us from Amy Adams.
I agree, R58!
I think she is a Nicole Kidman replacement. She's a sexy, adult woman, almost from another time, as opposed to all of these little bimbo girls we get now.
she's the illegitimate daughter of ron howard - I'm not kidding. lots of shadowy info about her beginnings...
She is a Scientologist being groomed to be Tom's latest wife.
She lied about her age all Blanche Devereaux (née Hollingsworth) style and that is slowly coming back to haunt her a mite bit.
she is very talented watch "take shelter".
The OP really believes that top management and fucking the right people automatically translate into an A list career?
Doesn't work that way. Directors like her, that is what drove her career. Trust me, the fat pig producer crowd that runs the film business doesn't want to fuck her. She isn't "hot" enough or waspy enough for them to consider her a conquest.
To the powerful producers in LA [straight, that is] Jessica looks like cleaned up trailer trash. SO the point is it is directors and women who are pushing her career.
She appeared out of nowhere, which would not have been so unusual had it not been for her total lack of screen charisma and presence.
Actually, her features ARE very similar to Ron Howard's. Same jaw, eyes, nose, etc.
Never heard of any boyfriend, except in passing and when it was over.
Why do some people feel that everyone has to be in a relationship all the time?
I think R63 has it right. Besides her talent she is liked by directors and that is the word on her. Being easy to work with helps a great deal. Tehre are many talented people who areer difficult and that rep gets around.
That and some luck and the coincidence that some films were delayed for various reasons giving her so many openings in such a short time span.
She played what could very well always be known as my character in "The Heiress' as though she were someone living with Asperger's Syndrome.
She happens to be an excellent actress.
She's either Howards's daughter or as the other rumor says, half-sister. They look way too much alike the resemblence is uncanny. Also, her pre-fame last name was Howard. Chastain is a stage name she took.
It's all about $$$.
Once an actress is in a major movie, even in a bit part, that's a whole lotta press. That actresses name gets out there - which is like buying free publicity for whatever film someone might cast her in next.
Think of how much $ it costs to make a film. Especially one with Brad Pitt. JC was hired for DIRT CHEAP for all of those films. Talented, good word of mouth from other directors (no drama, gives many takes, etc.), free publicity from the other films she's in = hired.
R6, Exactly what does a "semitic" look like? Are you aware of the vast range of countries Israelis came from? There are plenty of fair-skinned, blond, blue-eyed, and gingers, and Blacks, and Asians, and Hispanics who were born Jewish.
R61, Tom's next beard? Are you serious?
r74, that also bolsters the casting couch theory, though since it only takes one or two minor roles to make a name.
Those might have been gotten on the couch, simply a bj or two, not full out fucking.
Looking at her, I'd buy the nepotism theory before the casting couch.
That reminds me of this disgusting blind, said to be Michael Bay (surprise!) and Ashley Greene.
[quote]Once an actress is in a major movie, even in a bit part, that's a whole lotta press. That actresses name gets out there - which is like buying free publicity for whatever film someone might cast her in next.
If only that were true.
Yeah, its nepotism. That's why she did crap theater for years. You're a genius.
I love her. She's a great talent.
The Op seems to have serious issued with Chastain. Unattractive? Yeah right. And now she's a lock for a best actress nom for Zero dark Thirty, so that whole "You won't know who she is in two years" thing is a hue fail.
reply 64, obviously others don't think that she lacks charisma and presence. Stop forcing your opinions on everyone.
The only cast member that was age appropriate in The Help was Emma Stone and the maids. Howard and Chastain and the other married white ladies were all too old for young wives and mothers. The character of Skeeter was 21 or 22 I believe and just out of college. Her friends would have been the same age only they got a MRS degree and popped out babies early.
How old is Stone anyway? She's was probably a little too old too.
Is she related to Don Chastain, who played Debbie Reynolds' hot hubby on her eponymous '60s sitcom?
Stone is 23, R86 but probably was around 20 when the movie was filmed.
She is the new Amy Adams, as if one bland blond actress was not enough.
I don't see how you can say she's not talented or charismatic. I would give you that she was a bit "actor-y" in The Help, but it was still a great performance. Besides, in my opinion, she was the only redeeming thing about Tree of Life, and she was brilliant in Take Shelter.
I think her appearance on Bway was miscalculated and premature. She's starring in a revival of THE HEIRESS but it has not been the commercial or critical blockbuster people might have imagined. They should have waited a bit: she's not enough of a name or a presence yet to fill seats (and many were underwhelmed by her performance, based on her rep as a trained theatre actress).
I don't get Amy Adams. She was good as the slut in Drop Dead Gorgeous and Psycho Beach Party but in Mrs. Pettigrew Lives for a Day she was annoying as hell and I haven't really seen her in anything else.
I like Amy but I think her 15 minutes are up as a leading lady. She can't really carry a movie on her own. And she's getting a bit... old for the girly ingenue thing she's got going on. She should just do character parts, as she's very funny. She was the only thing I liked about JUNEBUG, for example.
[quote]She and Bryce not Her and Bryce, you idiot.
The missing first comma
The Heiress is a failure, critically and financially. She'll be lucky to eke out a Tony nomination which was the whole point of the production in the first place. Hollywood's attempt to protect their investment didn't work.
She may be nominated for ZDT, she's not a lock however, and she certainly won't be a real contender. She remains as bland as ever. She's the Sam Worthington of actresses, and as predicted, Sam Worthington is over. We'll see where she is with another year of presence-less, charisma free performances.
[quote]I like Amy but I think her 15 minutes are up as a leading lady. She can't really carry a movie on her own. And she's getting a bit... old for the girly ingenue thing
Amy is 2.5 years older than Jessica. Amy is 37 and Jessica was outed against her will as a 35 year old.
And R55 certainly describes someone who could be a lesbian. The Ron Howard thing is interesting. She did lie about her age, what else is she hiding?
It's possible that she's simply very busy and/or private, but the quote at r55 sounds an awful lot like something Ricky Martin or Matt Bomer would say before they were out.
I recently saw her interviewed on Charlie Rose so I decided to rent all the movies the library had with her. I'm not impressed. In Take Shelter she can't even do the stock 'concerned wife' character, but comes across more like a harpy. She's ultimately not really likable.
Also, Jessica lacks glamor. She's striking looking but but not pretty: she lacks a softness that Amy Adams has. And she doesn't give "sultry" or "mysterious" (like Angelina) no matter how many red-carpet gowns they stick her in.
Is it just a lack of sex appeal? Or warmth?
Chastain does ethereal very well. She's must better than Amy Adams.
She is another child of James Hewitt.
Chastain trying too hard to show her admiration for La Huppert (who seems to cringe a little):
I think she's beautiful and I enjoy watching her on screen. However she lacks range as an actress IMO. (FWIW, I am a straight female and I don't fantasize about her.)
The gossip is she has a background she will never talk about. Don't ask her. She won't do interviews. But I also thought she was a standout in The Help and definitely displayed some charisma. She wouldn't be getting roles if she wasn't bankable. The Help made her a star. People related to the ditzy naive outsider married to the hunk who who was rebuffed by the mean girls.
So is "best friend" Jess Weixler a lesbian?
She is the Lady GaGa of the film industry.
That makes no sense, troll.
For those wondering about her suspicious personal(possibly closeted) life, she took her grandmother once again as her date to an awards show last night.
Is this Misery's daughter?
[quote]Her work in The Help is stolen right from Steel Magnolias. It's Roberts' Shelby mixed with Parton's character. I'm not impressed with Chastain at all but if her management can get her work good for them.
R11's high. Chastain was stunning in The Help. It's amazing there were any Steel Magnolia sets left standing after those two chewed their way through that movie.
Please do NOT connect Chastain with that awful POS girls-r-us fest called Steel Magnolias...what a shitty film that was.
She is totally Ron Howard's spawn.
It does make sense, r107, if you consider the title of this thread.
Gaga's was an inexplicable career explosion as well. She came out of nowhere, was suddenly everywhere, and people acted like they'd always known about her.
Same case with Chastain.
Needless to say, both are wildly overrated.
And The Help is in no way better than Steel Magnolias. How laughable.
R16, they are talking about The Heiress on Broadway, not the film. It was remade, unfortunately, as Washington Square (1997), starring Jennifer Jason Leigh in the Olivia role, and Ben Chaplin not nearly holding a candle to Monty Clift, in looks or talent.
Jessica Chastain was charming in The Help, but she is not going to sustain a career. I am so glad Michelle Williams is no longer the It girl, so Jessica does not bother me that much. I do believe she is related to Ron Howard.
uuuugh, I hate Lady Gaga. I do not think she is a genius at anything but marketing and capitalizing on the rapidly cycling memory of the public. Every damn thing she does I have seen before.
If someone would please start a thread regarding Lady Gaga being a no talent bint, I would appreciate it!
"I am so glad Michelle Williams is no longer the It girl"
Agree 100 %
She was fantastic in Zero Dark Thirty.
Well, she did graduate from Juliards... a lot less talented people have better opportunities than her. So why shouldn't she enjoy a career explosion?
That's a pretty labored comparison, R113 given that Gaga (talent aside) is adored by millions worldwide, virtually everyone knows who she is, and is a millionaire. Chastain has none of those things.
I liked Chastain enough in Take Shelter and in Tree of Life and I expect to like her in ZDT when I see it, but I loved Williams in Meek's Cutoff and Blue Valentine.
I once tried to find her mothers name, and never did. If one could find that out, then one ostensibly could do some investigating to see if she ever crossed paths w Ron Howard. I suspect this is why her Grandma comes to awards shows w her rather than her mom.
Where does the thought she is jewish? All Chastain's are kin. No matter how they spell their name. A decendant from the Kin of France from the 1600. King John Perrie Chastain gave up his throne because the Chastain's own 3/4 of france. The ugonots (if spelled correctly) began killing all the Chastain family. King John Perrie Chastain gave up his throne for love of his family. He built large ship and brought them to America. If she is jewish that would be interesting to me. A Chastain without money or ever a chance to be a queen, but love my family too. Don't know JC but love her as an actress, she favors my daughter, beautiful.
Wiki says she's indeed 35. Not sure what Mandisa is on about with the "She's not 30 she's 35" nonsense.
If she is 35....it is a very odd career path...Juilliard...then 10 years of nothing...(she only has 4 theatre credits listed in her Playbill bio) ...and then suddenly she is in everything.
She pings to me. Love her.
She has the #1 and #2 movie this weekend.
And still no one cares or knows who she is, r126.
She has failed to make any impression whatsoever. She could disappear from Hollywood at this very second and the entire world would shrug their shoulders and say "who?"
[quote]She has failed to make any impression whatsoever
Be sure to bump this thread on Oscar Night.
[quote]She is totally Ron Howard's spawn.
Somewhere upstring I'm sure someone has mentioned that it's Bryce Dallas-Howard -- who played "Two-slice Hilly" in The Help and was fabulous in the part -- who is Ron Howard's daughter.
At least she has a cool name, sounds regal, befitting a movie star. Her first name should really be Julia though.
"Juilliard...then 10 years of nothing"
She told Charlie Rose she auditioned for everything for years and always got passed over. Just bit parts here and there.
Yes, there's a reason she got passed over. Because she has nothing to say as an actress. She is curiously empty and enigmatic, and not in an interesting way.
No one is going to see either of those movies because of Chastain.
Everyone in the business knows that.
[R18] Agree. Major sour grapes.
She claims to be "working class" from Sonoma, CA? Really? We can't afford to live in Sonoma & make over $100k a year.
I'm smelling bs. A tiny 50's home is about $1m in Sonoma!
Jessica and Bryce are sisters.
[quote]We can't afford to live in Sonoma & make over $100k a year.
To be fair to Jess, when she was growing up in Sonoma they hadn't started making wine yet.
Only in 2011 she had 6 movies released. How is that even possible? How come the schedules did not overlap? She was also hugely advertised at the Toronto Film Festival, even though nobody had heard of her at the time. There was some serious effort to "launch" her for sure.
Wasn't there another rumor that she is the daughter of Ron Howard's father?
She had six movies out at the same time because most of them were shot years earlier and were held up for ages. Tree of Life was shot three years before it was released. I think The Debt was in limbo for a very long time, too.
What people don't get is that these are almost all small, independent movies. She's not making any cash from this stuff. She's turned down a lot of studio pictures recently, including Iron Man III and Oblivian, the next Tom Cruise film, to do roles she likes. She's not exactly Sam Wothington, who was given the lead in several major action picture franchises without much track record, she's been winning auditions, and has been in supporting in pretty much every film except Zero Dark Thirty.
She did get somewhat of a late start in her career. She didn't go to Julliard until she was 21. She had worked in regional theater in the Bay Area for a few years at that point, and auditioned for Julliard at the recommendation of a fellow actor. She was signed to a development deal by TV producer John Wells after she graduated, but she said casting people didn't know what to do with her. My guess is that she seemed too mature for the types of roles offered to 20somethings, but is in her sweet spot now that she's in her 30's. She's getting cast because she's classically trained and has chameleon looks. She can look pretty or plain and can wear many hair colors. She also hasn't had a ton of plastic surgery, so she can do period roles. A lot of actresses are talented, but they look unreal, or much too modern, which limits their choices.
R141, If she's classically trained, then why do her eyes show so little movement or changes in expression? In ZDT I didn't see the inner conflict I would have expected.
She's definitely a lesbian. Her "best friend" is her girlfriend/partner. They've been together for years.
Her age has changed four or five times on IMDb and she is plenty pissed off that they have it correctly now as 35.
I don't think she's a terrible actress. I've liked a couple of movies she's done. We'll see.
She has no partner. Her bff, Jess Weisler doesn't live with her.
I don't think she's a terrible actress -- she WAS very good in The Help -- but she lacks the charisma, the star presence, that certain something to really carry a film. The critical acclaim and Oscar nod for Zero Dark Thirty mystify me: she's a complete cypher in the film, you feeling nothing for her (pro or con) and, as a result, you feel nothing about what's happening to her. The role needed somebody with more personality and presence to sell such a character.
R147, I remember Angelina Jolie being criticized for her work in SALT for similar reasons. Who would you have cast instead?
Naomi Watts or Rachel Weisz, but they probably were too pricey.
Part of the problem, also, is that the script and direction are also so generic, bland and dispassionate, and thus it might have been that Chastain was adrift and unsure how to play the role.
she brought nothing to the table in Zero Dark Thirty. I don't mind the character not having a real back story or wahtever, but I just didn't believe her, all she did was talk and look stern and ball-breaker-y. she wasn't even part of the big climax sequence. it was a lifeless performance and i'll be very disappointed if she beats out Emmanuelle Riva, who actually had to do some believable acting in Amour.
Jesus, she is a CIA data analyst in ZDT. Why do you think you're supposed to identify or sympathize with her AT ALL? Its not that kind of movie, really. You can see in numerous scenes that Maya is a cold, focused operative. Its not a damned soap opera. No wonder movies get so dumbed down these days.
I recently saw ZDT and I do n ot understand the reasons why this lead actress was nominated.
Her perofrmance was very lifeless. I felt nothing for the lead character, no hatred, no like.
Just complete indifference
She gave two of the most ridiculous, laughable, and unbelievable performances this year. As a punk rocker in Mama? Bitch, please.
Her complete lack of presence and total lack of believability in Zero Dark Thirty almost destroyed that film totally.
She should never work again.
For some reason I agree with R154. I do not see the appeal of this actress, and I see no extraordinary talent here.
I think she's great. I saw THE DEBT and then THE HELP within a week of each other in 2011 and had no idea it was the same actress in both. Incredible job in both films.
The role in ZDT wasn't really Oscar bait. She got a nom because it was a weak year and she was the lead in a prominent film. J-Law, who won, was really a supporting role in SLP; that shows how weak the category was in 2012. I thought Jessica filled the role in ZDT admirably, it just wasn't a complicated character.
She looked fab on Oscar night, too.
Many other actresses could have made the role in ZDT into something extraordinary. Her two showy scenes with tears, particularly the last where she wept on the plane were execrable and hilarious.
The Debt is completely forgettable. Her only passable role was in The Help, and even that was amateurish. She is a bland, terrible actress.
The two Oscars she attended made zero impression, unless you spend your time parroting PR. She will never get an Oscar and she'll be forgotten in five years.
To the contrary, r157, she got a lot of attention for her most recent Oscar appearance, where she was hot hot hot. What a doll!
Keep up that work, shill.
She secured her A-list status with great career choices (leading character in Liv Ullmann's new movie, the holocaust baity role, Nolan's intelligent sci-fi flick and Del Torro's ambitious project).
She is already the IT girl of fashion and embodies classiness with Old Hollywood glamour. The fact she was the one to shine in Cleopatra screening is a proof of that.
Dating a hot European Count certainly helps.
No matter how you look at it, she is an exception. A miracle in Hollywood.
[quote]She is already the IT girl of fashion and embodies classiness with Old Hollywood glamour. The fact she was the one to shine in Cleopatra screening is a proof of that.
Indeed. She's the only one of the current crop of actresses that could genuinely be believed as an Old Hollywood star. She was also the best dressed lady at the Oscars:
R164 this is because she wears high heels.
I have seen her IRL in flats. Very petite. I would say more 5'2'' pushing to 5'3''.
[quote] Thoroughly mediocre, unattractive, and charisma free
I know, right?!
[quote]Naomi Watts or Rachel Weisz, but they probably were too pricey.
Oh honey, thanks for the laugh!
I thought she was supposed to be distant and cold/awkward in "Zero Dark Thirty" so I liked her performance. I also liked her in "The Debt" and even in "The Help". That doesn't actually mean anything, I've liked some mediocre actors from time to time.
The real way to tell whether or not she's got the chops for the long haul would be her stint on Broadway. How were the reviews? What did the DL theater queens think?
I liked her performances in The Debt and The Help, much better than in ZDT. Even if she's playing a character that professionally must be emotionless and calculating, if there aren't moments where an actress shows traces of non-robotic humanity then the movie doesn't resonate. We needed to see her in private struggling with her need to be in total control yet frustrated with the constraints of her position. Remember that portraying real life is often boring which is why reality shows either totally fail or aren't at all true.
My thoughts on Jennifer Lawrence:
[quote]Thoroughly mediocre, unattractive, and charisma free
Love her. She can act. She is also one of those people who can either look really beautiful or really plain.
There is nothing absolutely spectacular about her.
However, she's a good actress and paid her dues. She has been incredibly lucky and I appreciate the fact that she is getting the work that she has earned.
OP, I don't think this thread is working out the way you had hoped.
She appears to have been working a long time for this "inexplicable explosion", and she actually has some acting training. Unlike certain actors who brag about having never taken an acting class like it's funny.
[quote]OP, I don't think this thread is working out the way you had hoped.
I am not OP, but it does seem that half of the posters love her, half are indifferent to her.
My guess is JC's exposure will go the Amy Adams route: it will lessen in the next couple of years.
I thought she was miscast in ZDT. Or maybe she is a limited actress.
why would freakin LIV ULLMANN want her if she's empty and unattractive. do you people know who liv ullmann is? chastain has extraordinary, stirring, enigmatic depth and she's quite beautiful. she did the stoic thing in zd30, i think it was so interesting to have a beautiful young woman in a traditionally male part. she nailed it.
She was absoloutely amateurish and horrible in that Zero Dark Thirty mess. You could even tell from the trailer that she was overdoing it.