Jessica Chastain: One woman, seven films

Jessica Chastain stars as secret agent Rachel Singer in John Madden’s espionage thriller “The Debt,” which is in theaters now.

Jessica Chastain would be worried about overexposure if only anyone knew what she looked like. “To be honest, I don’t get recognized — which is great,” says Chastain, whose latest film, “The Debt,” finds her morphing into a raven-haired Mossad operative in 1960s East Berlin. “I think sometimes a trapping of fame is that they don’t want you to disappear into the role. They want you to be how they think you are.”

While she’s spent the last four years making movies, very little has made it to theaters — until now, since Chastain has seven films being released in 2011 alone. That’s a lot of roles to disappear into; and if anything, Chastain insists, having them all hit at once is a great defense against typecasting. “I don’t want to play the same thing twice,” she says. “Hollywood does try to think, ‘Oh, she can do that, so let’s have her do it again.’ And I’m really fortunate that it goes from ‘Tree of Life’ to ‘The Help’ to ‘Take Shelter,’ where I’m hoping that they just won’t know what to do with me.”

And if those three don’t confuse casting directors enough, she’s also got her spy games in “The Debt,” some Shakespeare in Ralph Fiennes’ “Coriolanus,” screen time with Al Pacino in “Wilde Salome” and more gunplay in “Texas Killing Fields.”

 Jumping from role to role isn’t a problem for Chastain; it’s adjusting to the fame she’ll likely be living with in 2012 that’s daunting. “Right now, it’s all great. I’m getting to do the work and I’m getting to have a normal life,” she says. “I am still shy. That red carpet at Cannes was out of this world and terrifying and exciting at the same time.”

Getting in action

Making “The Debt” meant learning some new skills. “I’d never done an action film,” she says. “I went to Juilliard, I was trained in Shakespeare and the classics, and so the idea of me running and jumping into a moving van and shooting guns was so foreign to me.”

Luckily, there was help on the set in the form of co-star Sam Worthington. “He really was my coach during this film — my like action coach, where he would show me the best ways to hold a gun,” she says. “He nicknamed me Tommy Cruise because he says that my action run was as good as Tom Cruise’s.”



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Woman dies when run over by bus at…

A woman at the Burning Man arts and culture festival in the Nevada desert died on Thursday when she was run over by a bus carrying participants.

National

Texas parents sue day care center for duct…

By Marice RichterDALLAS (Reuters) - A Texas couple has filed a lawsuit against the owners of a Fort Worth-area day care center seeking $1 million…

National

Santa Fe city council votes to decriminalize marijuana

By Joseph KolbALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - Santa Fe on Wednesday became the latest U.S. city to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana, with lawmakers in the…

International

Egypt queries Mursi over documents "leaked" to Al…

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt is investigating jailed ex-president Mohamed Mursi in connection with documents that judicial investigators say were leaked to the Qatar-based Al Jazeera…

Movies

Interview: 'As Above, So Below' directors: 5 ways…

The fraternal directors of the found footage horror "As Above, So Below" dish on the best ways to frighten the bejesus out of audiences.

Movies

Criterion's new Jacques Demy box mixes the light…

Jacques Demy, the most effervescent of French New Wave filmmakers, gets a Criterion box all to himself, with classics like "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg."

Entertainment

Comedian Joan Rivers, 81, rushed to New York…

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Acerbic comedian and fashion critic Joan Rivers was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York on Thursday after she reportedly…

The Word

The Word: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie finally…

Well, everybody, it finally happened. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie went and got themselves hitched — according to noted scandal sheet the Associated Press —…

NFL

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots, 49ers start…

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots start at top

U.S. Soccer

5 facts about new England captain Wayne Rooney

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was named as the new England captain by coach Roy Hodgson on Thursday.

NFL

Jets vs. Eagles: 3 things to watch

A win on Thursday night at the Eagles would give the Jets a 3-1 record and just their second winning preseason under head coach Rex Ryan.

NFL

Giants vs. Patriots: 3 things to watch

The Giants wrap up their extended preseason campaign Thursday night by playing host to the Patriots.

Style

Trend: White hot on the 2014 Emmy's red…

White was one of the big trends on the Emmy's red carpet.

Food

Recipe: Samuel Adams beer-marinated grilled shrimp

Summer calls for two things: a cold beer and light food. Sam Adams' Latitude 48 IPA fairly bursts with citrus notes, making it an ideal marinade…

Wellbeing

4 healthy ingredient swaps to make your meals…

When it comes to eating well, everyone knows they could be doing better. But cooking in an apartment on a busy schedule is a recipe…

Wellbeing

Heart trumps brain when it comes to movies…

When you need a good cry, do you reach for the movie that’s “based on a true story”? Science says you’re giving your brain far…