- Real Name:
- Jessica Howard
- Date of Birth:
- March 24, 1977
- Northern California
- Resides in:
Jessica Chastain is probably the best modern example of how it usually takes years to become an overnight sensation. The fireman and a vegan chef’s daughter was inspired to pursue acting after catching a production of “Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” with her grandma. She trained at Juilliard thanks to a scholarship funded by Robin Williams and roomed with Michelle Williams when both appeared in a summer stock play. After deciding to use her mom's maiden name to avoid being confused with fellow ginger Bryce Dallas Howard, she spent years toiling on TV in shows like “ER” and “Law & Order,” failing to get anything besides weekly victims, patients and the like. In 2006, she got a big break when Al Pacino cast her in a LA stage version of “Salome” and then recommended her to Terrence Malick. He made her Brad Pitt’s wife in “Tree Of Life,” which was shot in 2008 but it didn’t premiere until Cannes 2011, a year which saw her star in six films. One was “The Help,” which earned her an Oscar nod and a place on the cover of Vanity Fair’s annual Hollywood issue. A Broadway run of “The Heiress” and “Zero Dark Thirty,” for which she won a Golden Globe and received another Oscar nomination, secured her place on the A list. Chastain is dating a fashion industry executive Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo,
Jessica Chastain Search Results
Oscar DressJessica Chastain talks about what she might wear to the Oscars.
SAG ArrivalsCheck out all the stars on the red carpet at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Hit or Miss?Are these red carpet looks a big hit or a major miss?
Svelte ZacZac Efron shows men everywhere how to wear jeans, plus more celeb eye candy.
Jammie RunDwayne Johnson goes on a milk run in his jammies, plus more hilarious celebrity pics of the week.
Best Actress?See who the best actress frontrunners for the Academy Awards are.
Winning StyleIn honor of Jessica Chastain's new flick "Mama" in theaters Jan. 18, click through to see her best style moments.
Fashion Faux PasWhich stars slipped up style-wise?
Out & AboutSee what all your favorite Golden Globe nominees have been up to before the big night.
Week in PhotosJennifer Lawrence and Lena Dunham attend an AFI luncheon, plus more of your favorite stars this week in photos.
From Crowd Ignite