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Jessica Chastain

Jessica Michelle Chastain was born in Sacramento, California, and was raised in a middle-class household in a northern California suburb. Her mother, Jerri Chastain, is a vegan chef whose family is originally from Kansas, and her stepfather is a fireman. She discovered dance at the age of nine and was in a dance troupe by age thirteen. She began ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 65 wins & 79 nominations. See more awards »

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 2013 Salomé
 2013/I Mama
 2011 Wilde Salomé (Documentary)
 2010 The Westerner (Short)
Daniel's Mother
 2009 Stolen
Sally Ann
 2008 Jolene
 2007 Journeyman (TV Series)
Tanna Bloom
- Friendly Skies (2007) ... Tanna Bloom
 2006 Blackbeard (TV Mini-Series)
Charlotte Ormand
 2006 The Evidence (TV Series)
Laura Green
- Pilot (2006) ... Laura Green
 2006 Close to Home (TV Series)
Casey Wirth
- The Rapist Next Door (2006) ... Casey Wirth
 2005 Dark Shadows (TV Movie)
Carolyn Stoddard
 2004 Veronica Mars (TV Series)
Sarah Williams
- The Girl Next Door (2004) ... Sarah Williams
 2004 ER (TV Series)
Dahlia Taslitz
- Forgive and Forget (2004) ... Dahlia Taslitz
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Played "Salome" in "Salome", a play by Oscar Wilde (Wadsworth Theatre, LA, CA, USA), with Al Pacino. See more »

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5' 4" (1.63 m)

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I always try to play characters who are very different from what I am. If the character was a good swimmer or a diver, I'd be interested because in my real life, I am totally scared of water. I would immediately feel compelled to do it because I'm always trying to tackle any fear I have. I don't want my life to be controlled by fear, whether it's the fear of being rejected, fear of being loved; I... See more »


Holds the distinction of twice appearing in the top two films at the American box office in one weekend. This occurred on the weekend of 18-21 January 2013, when Zero Dark Thirty (2012) dropped to the number two position as her other film, Mama (2013), ascended to the top spot. This made Chastain the first woman in nearly 50 years to have the leading role in the top two films at the box office. ... See more »


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