Jessica appears on the cover of China’s L’Officiel magazine (September issue) with a beautiful and new photo shoot that she recently did with photographer Alexi Lubomirski. You can enjoy the photos in the gallery.
The actress opens up about her upcoming film, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, and television series, Scenes from a Marriage.
In 2012, not long after Jessica Chastain wrapped Zero Dark Thirty, a ripped-from-the-headlines thriller about the search for Osama Bin Laden that garnered the 44-year-old actress her second Academy Award nomination, she took a serious look at the Hollywood around her.
“I immediately saw there weren’t a lot of options for women, at least in terms of great characters that are different. Actresses were regulated to a single type,” says Chastain, talking via Zoom while on vacation with friends and family in Italy. Studying acting and repertory theater at Juilliard in New York had given her a wide breadth of choice roles, but, suddenly, she opened her eyes to see that the film world might be “a tad limiting in terms of what people were offering.”
It was around that time that Chastain stumbled on the 2000 documentary The Eyes of Tammy Faye. Narrated by RuPaul, it’s about the life of the late Tammy Faye Messner, a Christian TV personality, singer and evangelist often parodied for her marriage to Jim Bakker (who was later imprisoned for fraud and conspiracy), not to mention her over-the-top style, which included heavy makeup and a perpetual tan. Messner died in 2007 of colon cancer.
“I knew about Tammy from what I’d seen on Saturday Night Live, but I actually had never seen her give an interview until I watched the documentary,” Chastain says. “My impression from sketch television was that she cried all the time, she was a crook and always had mascara running down her face.”
But Chastain found herself particularly moved by the film and Messner’s message that “everyone is deserving of love,” she explains. So she called her agent and manager and bought the narrative feature film rights to the documentary herself.
Jessica Chastain’s whole body was shaking. She’d never been this nervous on a film set — not with the kind of anxiety that gave her trouble breathing.
What am I so afraid of? The thought reverberated in her head. She’d played a superhero so powerful she could rearrange the structure of matter. The ringleader of a high-stakes underground Hollywood poker game. A CIA analyst who took down Osama bin Laden.
But this was Tammy Faye Bakker, the infamous televangelist recognized more for her heavy makeup than the fact that her husband, Jim, stole millions from his own parishioners. To play her, Chastain would put on gobs of mascara and lip liner, adopt a thick Minnesotan accent and belt out songs about loving Jesus.
“I was scared the people were going to make fun of me,” the actor recalled of her on-set jitters. “And there’s going to be a lot to make fun of if I fail because it’s so out there. I’m swinging for the fences here.”
But that was the reality Bakker — who died in 2007 after a long bout with cancer — faced every day. Remembering the ridicule Bakker endured — and ultimately ignored — allowed Chastain to quell her panic: “You have to let go of your ego and wanting to look cool. This is connecting you to her.”
“The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” out Sept. 17, will mark the culmination of Chastain’s near-decade-long journey to bring Bakker’s story to the big screen. In 2012, while on the press tour for “Zero Dark Thirty,” she was switching through the TV channels in her hotel room when she stumbled across a documentary on Bakker. Chastain had seen the film — directed by Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey in 2000 —- before, but on this night she connected with it on a different level.
So she secured the rights to the doc, which had the same name as the eventual feature film. She had yet to establish her production company, Freckle Films, but still found a home for the project at Fox Searchlight. The studio will debut the film next month at the Toronto International Film Festival, where the 44-year-old Chastain will receive the event’s Tribute Actor Award.
She has another movie playing at the festival — “The Forgiven,” a drama co-starring Ralph Fiennes — and also will appear in an HBO limited-series remake of Ingmar Bergman’s “Scenes From a Marriage” beginning Sept. 12.
From her home in the countryside of New York, where only birdsong interrupted her speech, Chastain spoke to The Times about playing Bakker.
On Sunday, September 12, the remake of Scenes From A Marriage, the famous classic Swedish miniseries by Ingmar Bergman, hits the HBO screen. This remake stars Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain under the direction of Hagai Levi.
The story introduces us to Mira (Chastain), an ambitious and self-confident tech executive who is dissatisfied with her marriage to Jonathan (Isaac), a cerebral and complacent philosophy professor who is desperate to keep the technology intact. her relationship. Each episode will present the complexity of these two individuals who know that their marriage is not being destroyed by a single specific event or failure and that they are experiencing mixed feelings between hate and love.
The series can be seen through the traditional HBO signal on television and on HBO Max.
Some details of the five episodes that make up this limited series have also been revealed that you can read below:
- Innocence and Panic – September 12
After a tense day of reflection and outreach, Mira and her husband Jonathan face the consequences of unexpected news. (Screenplay by Hagai Levi and Amy Herzog; directed by Hagai Levi)
- Poli – September 19
When Mira returns from a business trip with an overwhelming revelation, she and Jonathan struggle to process the complicated shaking. (Written and directed by Hagai Levi)
- Valley of Tears – September 26
Jonathan and Mira share everything they have learned since the split, rekindling old connections at the risk of exacerbating latent wounds. (Written and directed by Hagai Levi)
- The Illiterate – October 3
Jonathan and Mira meet again and explore the root of their connection, but eventually find the source of their animal urges. (Written and directed by Hagai Levi)
- In the middle of the night, in a dark house, somewhere in the world – October 10
No official synopsis. (Screenplay by Hagai Levi and Amy Herzog; directed by Hagai Levi)
Check the photo gallery! I have added some beautiful portraits of Jessica taken for Paris Match Issue during the 74th Cannes Film Festival 2021.
As the 46th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (running September 9–18) moves forward in hybrid form with live events in Toronto as well as virtual screenings, Joana Vicente and Cameron Bailey, Co-Heads of TIFF, are adding another awards tribute to follow the already announced TIFF Ebert Director Award to Canadian auteur Denis Villeneuve (“Dune”). This year’s Actor Award goes to two-time Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain, whose performance and makeup as a notorious televangelist in “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” (September 17, Searchlight), is picking up Oscar buzz. Michael Showalter’s long-delayed marital dramedy will make its world premiere at TIFF.
2021 Oscar-winners Sir Anthony Hopkins (Sony Pictures Classics’ “The Father”) and Chloé Zhao (Searchlight’s “Nomadland”) and nominated composer Terence Blanchard (Netflix’s “Da 5 Bloods”) all launched their Oscar campaigns at TIFF’s second annual Tribute Awards fundraiser. The year before, TIFF’s first Awards Gala honored eventual Oscar winners Taika Waititi (“Jojo Rabbit”) and Joaquin Phoenix (“The Joker”).
In a statement, Vicente cited such notable TIFF Chastain premieres as “The Debt,” “Take Shelter,” “The Martian,” “Crimson Peak,” and “Molly’s Game,” adding, “She is one of the most respected actors of her generation. Her recent portrayal of Tammy Faye Bakker is a testament to her exceptional onscreen presence and talent.”
“The Eyes of Tammy Faye” will track “the rise, fall, and redemption through the ’70s and ’80s of thick-lashed singing televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker, who rose with her husband, Jim Bakker, from a humble beginnings to create the world’s largest religious broadcasting network and theme park.” Eventually, their heavy spending and financial improprieties brought down their empire.
Chastain will next be seen opposite Oscar Isaac in HBO’s “Scenes from a Marriage,” an adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s 1970s miniseries. In 2022, she will be seen in “The 355,” an international spy thriller based on an original idea by Chastain for her production company Freckle Films. Chastain will shortly play music legend Tammy Wynette in the limited series “George & Tammy” opposite Josh Brolin.
In 2019, Chastain starred in the global hit sequel “It Chapter Two,” and, prior to that, in the X-Men franchise, “Dark Phoenix,” and Aaron Sorkin’s “Molly’s Game,” which earned her a Golden Globe nomination. She has also starred in the critically acclaimed “A Most Violent Year,” “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby,” “Miss Julie,” “Interstellar,” and Terrence Malick’s Academy Award-nominated drama “Tree of Life,” “The Debt,” “Take Shelter,” “Zero Dark 30,” and “The Help,” for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Congratulations to our queen, Jessica Chastain! She has been a winner of #TIFFTribute Actor Award!
Jessica Chastain — TIFF Tribute Actor Award supported by the Tory Family
TBC — TIFF Tribute Actor Award
Denis Villeneuve — TIFF Ebert Director Award
Alanis Obomsawin — Jeff Skoll Award in Impact Media supported by Participant Media
TBC — TIFF Emerging Talent Award presented by L’Oréal Paris and supported by MGM
TBC — TIFF Variety Artisan Award
TBC — TIFF Tribute Award
From MOLLY’S GAME to THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE, Jessica Chastain’s captivating performances, and remarkable depth help to elevate every character she portrays.
“Jessica has brought to life such strong and inspiring roles for women, from the films that have screened at TIFF…she is one of the most respected actors of her generation.” — Joana Vicente, Executive Director and Co-Head.
The TIFF Tribute Awards ceremony is an annual fundraiser to support both TIFF’s year-round programming and the organization’s core mission to transform the way people see the world through film. The Awards honour the film industry’s outstanding contributors and their achievements, recognizing leading industry members, acting talent, directorial expertise, new talent, and a below-the-line artist and creator.
The one-hour broadcast of the event will be available on CTV and ctv.ca, and streamed to a global audience by Variety.
New images! Yesterday, July 9, Jessica attended the photocall ahead of the Chopard Trophy dinner during the 74th annual Cannes Film Festival. Enjoy!
The first teaser trailer for “Scenes from a Marriage,” HBO’s limited series adaptation of the classic Ingmar Bergman drama, has arrived. Oscar Isaac and Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain star in Hagai Levi’s update of the Swedish miniseries as a couple in serious crisis. Check out the first look below.
“Scenes from a Marriage” re-examines the blistering 1973 miniseries’ iconic depiction of love, hatred, desire, monogamy, and marriage through the lens of a modern-day American couple, played by Isaac and Chastain. The limited series project marks a reunion for Chastain and co-star Oscar Isaac, who led JC Chandor’s 2014 film “A Most Violent Year.”
The series will transport the ’70s-set story of the Swedish original, which was condensed from its original six parts to a theater-friendly, three-hour movie in 1974, to America. Chastain (taking over for Michelle Williams, who was originally cast) and Isaac embody the roles originated by Liv Ullmann and Erland Josephson, respectively, who played an affluent married couple whose marriage is charted, from disintegration to reconciliation and back, across a decade.
The series will debut this September on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max.
Today, Jessica attended the “Annette” screening and opening ceremony during the 74th annual Cannes Film Festival. Enjoy the images added to the gallery! And don’t stop checking because I’ll be adding more!