In a new campaign, Piaget has brought together ten extraordinary women, offering a diverse and inclusive picture of the woman of today along with showcasing some exceptional high jewelry and watches. Among the women chosen by Piaget CEO Chabi Nouri is record-breaking Emirati singer and UN Champion for Women’s Rights in the Middle East (2016) Balqees Fathi. She is the first Arabic singer to appear on Saudi national television, 40 years after singers Fairouz, Sabah, and Om Kolthoum. She is joined by Oscar nominee actor Jessica Chastain; and also Cynthia Erivo, the Tony, Emmy, and Grammy Award-winning actor who performed a haunting rendition of Stand Up at this year’s Oscars wearing exceptional Piaget high jewelry. Also under the Piaget spotlight is South Korean actor Kong Hyo-Jin; Iranian and American entrepreneurs Shiva Safai and Olivia Palermo; American actor Constance Wu; Chinese visual artist Chen Man; and advocates Arianne Phillips and Carineh Martin. “We have been talking a great deal about women empowerment and what women have to do to take their role in society,” comments the CEO. “Each of these women has something extraordinary, but over and above extreme talent, they are in solidarity, supporting each other,” she says. Authenticity was another deciding factor, “They truly love our pieces, and speak very naturally of Piaget,” adds Nouri.
Onscreen, “Unorthodox” star Shira Haas breaks free of her restrictive upbringing to start a new life as an artist. Offscreen, she’s simply a breakout — as one the year’s most exciting rising stars.
The 24-year-old actress, who lives in Tel Aviv, portrays Esther “Esty” Shapiro on the Netflix limited series. She’s playing a story based on real life: As directed by Maria Schrader, with a largely female creative team and crew, “Unorthodox” is adapted from Deborah Feldman’s 2012 best-selling memoir “Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots.”
But within a version of Feldman’s story, Haas finds something entirely new. Her work brings to mind the naivety of Carey Mulligan in “An Education” and the harder edges of Jennifer Garner from “Alias.”
On a recent afternoon, Haas spoke on a Zoom call with Jessica Chastain, her co-star in the 2017 war drama “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” about the role, how she prepared and why the show has struck a nerve.
Jessica Chastain: I’ve missed you so much. Where are you right now?
Shira Haas: I’m in Tel Aviv. It’s morning for you, isn’t it?
Chastain: Yeah, in this strange time when morning will last 12 hours.
Haas: That’s how I feel. Every day is upside down, but hopefully it will pass, like everything else.
Chastain: I loved your show. We’re here to talk about “Unorthodox,” and I am so proud of you.
Haas: It means so much for me to hear it from you. I can retire. That’s all.
Chastain: Stop it. How long was the shoot?
Haas: We started in May last year. I came like two months before for some preparation, but the shooting itself was something like four months. It was mostly in Berlin, because they kind of faked the indoor of New York in Berlin in the studios. And all the outdoors we shot in New York for like a week, because you really can’t fake New York streets in Berlin.
Chastain: I don’t think you can fake New York anywhere. Were you familiar with the book it was based on before you got the script?
Haas: I knew it. I didn’t read it, but I knew about it, because it’s such a big best seller. And after I knew it was going to happen, I read it and it only took me a few hours, and then I read it again and again. And even though the TV series is so different, some of it is really inspired by it. I took as much as I possibly can from the book.
Chastain: What were the feelings that first came to you when you read the script?
Haas: I was amazed by it. First of all, it’s very rare to have an opportunity to play such a strong and complicated lead character. To Esty, every time someone asks if I’m similar to her, I’m like: “I hope so.” I think that when I was really young, I was very curious. I always had questions. For Esty, it’s also her curse, asking too much doesn’t fit in for where she belongs.
Chastain: How did the script come to you? Was it something that was out there that you knew about, that you fought for?
Haas: I’d been told that it was for a German TV series. No one mentioned Netflix. They tried to keep it a secret. They only sent me a few scenes. I loved it. The director and the producers came to Israel to meet me. I fought for it.
Chastain: See this is crazy, because I thought while I was watching you that you must’ve naturally spoke Yiddish. But that’s something you learned for the role?
Haas: Nada. My grandparents obviously knew it, but I never heard them talk. My parents were born in Israel, so they don’t know how to speak it. I didn’t know a word. It was a very long process. I had the most amazing teacher, Eli Rosen. I recorded him and I listened to it while I was cleaning dishes or stuff like that. I went to sleep with Yiddish and woke up with Yiddish.
Chastain: One thing I really want to talk about is that the series has a female creative team — the directors, writer, producers and more. Did that impact the series for you?
Haas: Of course. Our director, Maria Schrader, is also a great actress, so it was really helpful. The director was female, the producers, the creator, the camera crew; there were so many women in this crew, which unfortunately is so rare. It’s always nice to have it, but in this specific story, it’s a story about a woman who is trying to find her voice. You can really feel the sensitivity. I really felt protected with them. I felt like they listened to me.
Chastain: Having a set that had more women on it … I’ve worked on both kind of sets and done nudity. Did you feel also when you talked about feeling protected, did you feel like your nude scene that you had in this series, did it feel like a safer environment?
Haas: Yeah, that’s not something that scares me. But it is very important to me to talk about it. For me, it’s always important to understand what’s being seen. And the fact that it was Maria, and there were female creators, really helped me to be very open about what I preferred to show, what is less comfortable for me.
Chastain: In addition to all of the research you had done months before, was there any daily ritual that you did before you got on set to play her?
Haas: Before we started shooting, I asked for the costume designer for a few — they’re called tichale, the hats that you have when you are married. I would wear it a lot. It was something in Esty’s costume that could really bring the physicality of this character. Wearing it helped me find her movement. And music always helped me. Since she had a lot of flashbacks, it was very important for me to know the chronological way of scenes and the journey that she’s going through.
Chastain: It was very clear, when watching your work, how specific it was. I imagine it wasn’t shot like this, because things are never shot like this usually. But it felt like it was shot in chronological order.
Haas: No, no — not at all. On the last day, we shot by the lake. The first day was the shaving scene.
Chastain: What was that like? Because in a sense you’re shedding Shira, right?
Haas: This is so true. That’s one heck of an opening right at the start. But then I thought that it’s good not to wait for it. I don’t need to wait and be like, “Oh my God, in 10 days it’s going to happen.” It really made me very commit to the role. It was a hardcore start, but I really understood the character. It’s only like 20 seconds of a scene. But you really have almost all of her conflict — because she’s looking forward to her married life, and she’s really excited and happy. She’s also very scared and saying goodbye to her childhood.
Chastain: How does it feel that the show has been such a success on Netflix?
Haas: I always believed in the show, and I love my character, of course. But I was not expecting that. To have such a universal love from so many different people from the U.S. and U.K., and Argentina and Israel; it’s amazing to get that love. It’s amazing so many people have seen it. Even though I’m in my home all day, I can still really feel the love. And really, it’s amazing. I’m very, very, very grateful for that, really. I truly am.
Chastain: You blew me away in this series. You blew me away when we worked together on “The Zookeeper’s Wife.” From the moment I met you, I just thought, “This is a very important actress.” Should we talk about how we met?
Haas: It was love at first sight.
Chastain: It was for me. I heard about you from Niki Caro, our director of “The Zookeeper’s Wife.” She had talked to me about your performance, how incredible of an actress you are, how you had kind of created this instinctual, emotional energy around your character. I was like, “Oh great. I’m so excited.”
Haas: When was the first time — maybe like at dinner or something? I remember the first scene we shot.
Chastain: The first thing we shot, was it the scene when I give you the blanket?
Haas: Yeah, in the cages downstairs.
Chastain: I remember, and perhaps it’s good that we don’t remember the first time we met, because in that scene I’m trying to get you to talk to me, to open up to me. So I remember sitting there and studying you as you were doing that scene, and really seeing what an actress you are. In our profession, we’re thrown into these situations, with people we don’t know. You’re hoping that someone is going to bring something out in yourself, teach you about yourself, teach you about a scene in a new way. And you absolutely did that for me. Your work is profound. I knew it that day working with you for the first time. I see it talking to you, and I see it in all of your work.
Haas: You are so supportive and such a huge role model, but also a partner. And thank you for that. I mean, what the hell? You are the best.
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FilmNation will launch international sales on “The Good Nurse,” a thriller set to star Jessica Chastain and Eddie Redmayne, at the European Film Market (EFM), Variety has learned.
The film marks Tobias Lindholm’s English-language feature directing debut. The Danish filmmaker previously oversaw “A Hijacking” and “A War.” The film centers on Charlie Cullen, a nurse who is regarded as one of the most prolific serial killers in history and was known by the moniker, “Angel of Death.” He is believed to have been responsible for the deaths of as many as 300 patients over 16 years. Redmayne will play Cullen and Chastain will play a nurse who begins to unravel the true scope of his crimes.
Redmayne won an Oscar for “The Theory of Everything” in 2014 and scored another nomination for “The Danish Girl” in 2015. His upcoming projects include “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 3” and Aaron Sorkin’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7.” Chastain was nominated for 2011’s “The Help” and “Zero Dark Thirty” in 2012. She will next appear as Tammy Faye Bakker in “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” and in the spy thriller “355.”
Krysty Wilson-Cairns wrote the screenplay based on the book by Charles Graeber. Protozoa Pictures’ Scott Franklin and Darren Aronofsky will produce the film, along with FilmNation Entertainment.
Tickets to see Jessica Chastain in her West End debut this summer are now on sale! The multi-award-winning American actress will take on the role of Nora Helmer in A Doll’s House, which marks the third production to run at London’s Playhouse Theatre as part of the new 2019/20 Jamie Lloyd season. The Henrik Ibsen classic has been freely adapted by Frank McGuinness and is set to run from 10 June until 5 September 2020. Be sure to book your tickets sharpish to secure the best seats and prices whilst stocks last!
About Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House
A Doll’s House is a modern Scandinavian classic written in 1879 by renowned Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen and is regarded as a modern tragedy with themes of naturalism and realism. The three-act play received its world premiere at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark on 21 December 1879 and is set in an unspecified town in Norway in 1879. The story centres on a married woman named Nora Helmer who lives an unfulfilling life as a mother of three playing out society’s conventions that prescribe women to be mere housewives without many opportunities for self-fulfilment.
Ibsen’s piece is interpreted as a feminist play and it caused quite the stir at the time of its premiere, having made headlines in newspapers all around the world. Hardly anyone could fathom the play’s subject matter as ever being a cause for controversy in modern-day Scandinavia, a region widely considered to be progressive and a blueprint for building a functioning society.
Jessica Chastain stage credits
A Doll’s House at the Playhouse Theatre in London will mark Jessica Chastain‘s feature West End debut, but the actress is no stranger to the stage. She has portrayed 13-year-old girl in The Children’s Monologues at Carnegie Hall (2017), Catherine Sloper in The Heiress at Walter Kerr Theatre (2012), Desdemona in Othello at The Public Theatre (2009), Salome in Salome at the Wadsworth Theatre (2006), Lee in Rodney’s Wife at Playwrights Horizons (2004), Anya in The Cherry Orchard at the Williamstown Theatre Festival (2004), and Juliet Capulet in Romeo and Juliet at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts (1998).
The screen captures of Jessica as Vuk in her recent movie released in June this year, Dark Phoenix, is already in the photo gallery. I also added captures of the trailers and bonus features, and various images as promotional photos, posters, behind the scenes and on the set. Be sure to go check! Below you will see some previews and the links.
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