SAG-AFTRA Foundation: Conversations At Home With Jessica Chastain

A career retrospective with actor Jessica Chastain. Moderated by Jenelle Riley, Variety.

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the most comprehensive, educational and state-of-the-art resources to SAG-AFTRA members. The Foundation believes that the contributions made to our culture by performing artists are not only valuable, but essential.

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation relies entirely on donations to provide emergency assistance and free educational programs to SAG-AFTRA artists.

Over the past year, the Foundation has given over $6.5 million in disaster relief to more than 7,000 performers. If you can help, please give at: https://sagaftra.foundation/donate

The Good Nurse: Promo

A few days ago, Netflix released a video with its upcoming series and movies, including “The Good Nurse”! Check out the video below. Also check the photo gallery. I have added new images about the movie.

Magazine Scans

I have added new magazine scans from January and February. Visit the photo gallery.

First Look Of “George & Tammy”

The first promotional image of Jessica in her upcoming TV series “George & Tammy” has been released. The series is based on a look at the romance between famed country musicians George Jones and Tammy Wynette.

25 Of The World’s Most Talked-About Stars Make Up British Vogue’s 2022 Hollywood Portfolio

With awards season upon us, screen favourites old and new sprinkle their stardust in Vogue’s ravishing 2022 Hollywood Portfolio, as the red carpet beckons. Photographs by Greg Williams. Styling by Law Roach.

The Eyes of Tammy Faye

Who is your icon from Hollywood history?

“Marlene Dietrich, when she sings ‘Where Have all the Flowers Gone?’ is probably one of the best things I’ve ever seen.”

How do you deal with nerves?

“During the very first take of The Eyes of Tammy Faye, my entire body started shaking. I realised that when Tammy was faced with the knowledge that people were going to make her into a clown, she kinda did it anyway and she didn’t let that restrict her life. So I realised I had to do that.”

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Jessica Chastain talks about hanging out in Nashville with T Bone Burnett, living in the same apartment Leonard Bernstein wrote West Side Story in and sneaking into church every Sunday with Andrew Garfield while filming The Eyes of Tammy Faye. Also discusses the lengthy process behind transforming into Tammy Faye and reveals how she and Andrew Garfield nailed their Minnesotan accents.

Oscar Nominations

The Oscar nominations are finally here, and a big CONGRATULATIONS are in order to the amazing Jessica Chastain, who is nominated for Best Lead Actress for her portrayal of Tammy Faye Bakker in “The Eyes of Tammy Faye.

Check out an interview below where she talks about her incredible transformation for this role and learn more about how she spent over a decade working to bring this project to life. The full interview will be out on March 3.

Jessica Chastain & Rita Moreno | Actors on Actors

In their Actors on Actors conversation Jessica Chastain (‘The Eyes of Tammy Faye’) and Rita Moreno (‘West Side Story’) talk about singing for the camera, dating Marlon Brando, and paving the way for women and Hollywood.

Guillermo del Toro and Jessica Chastain on Horror and Humanity’s Dark Side

The Crimson Peak collaborators discuss what Nightmare Alley and The Eyes of Tammy Faye have in common: “You don’t fool people, they fool themselves.”

In Reunited, Awards Insider hosts a conversation between two Oscar contenders who have collaborated on a previous project. Here, we speak with Nightmare Alley director Guillermo del Toro and Eyes of Tammy Faye star Jessica Chastain, who previously worked together on the 2015 film Crimson Peak.

Guillermo del Toro has something going on with women with keys.

When the Oscar-winning Mexican director and Jessica Chastain reunite in Los Angeles to talk about their work together—on both Mama and Crimson Peak—along with their current projects—Nightmare Alley and The Eyes of Tammy Faye—Chastain points out that at least two of del Toro’s films have featured a woman with keys.

First, it was in 2001’s The Devil’s Backbone, in which Carmen (Marisa Paredes) is the keeper of the keys of the orphanage. And then in Crimson Peak, it’s Chastain’s character, Lucille, who always has a dangling set of house keys at her side. Del Toro himself realizes that Nightmare Alley also has a woman with keys, this time played by Cate Blanchett. “Freud would have something to say about that,” he jokes about this recurring theme.

“What is it about a woman with a ring of keys who could lock you into scary rooms that is so scary?” asks Chastain.

The pair have an easy rapport after having worked so closely on two films. After meeting to talk about Mama, the 2013 horror film that del Toro produced for director Andy Muschietti, the pair was brought back together for 2015’s Crimson Peak, in which Chastain got to really dig in as the baddie Lucille.

Chastain plays a very different character in her latest film, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, for which she’s already earned a SAG Award nomination. But the televangelist whose husband swindled people out of millions of dollars does have something in common with the characters in del Toro’s noir drama: They’re all looking to get ahead by taking advantage of the faith of others. Vanity Fair explored this thematic connection with the pair, along with reminiscing about their early work.

Vanity Fair: What do you remember about the first time you met?

Jessica Chastain: I was on crutches.

Guillermo del Toro: On crutches, and you were wearing a super baggy T-shirt, and we met—

Chastain: —at Shutters.

Del Toro: Shutters at the Beach, to have breakfast and talk about Mama.

Chastain: Yes, that’s right. And he’s talking to me about doing a horror film, and I stumble in on crutches. You’re like, “What happened?”

Del Toro: But you had notes, even on crutches. “How is this going to be done?” And what was great is we were talking about horror as a possible genre for great stories or great emotion.

Chastain: I love this genre. Mama was my first horror film, actually. And I’ve said it in multiple interviews, that I love the genre, because it really is, for me, at the time, especially 10 years ago, it was one of the few genres that showed women as I believe we are, as really strong and heroic. And it was rare to find those kinds of superheroes in other genres.

Del Toro: Yes. And it’s so emotional. If you tap it with a story that has sort of a mythical dimension, which Mama did—that ending, I still don’t know how we got away with that.

Chastain: That was actually one of my notes: “Do you promise it’s going to end like this?” Because that’s what made the film so cool.

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The Sunday Times Style

Jessica is in the January 16 issue of The Sunday Times Style! Enjoy the scans in the photo gallery.

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