10 December 2012 9:06 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Everyone is talking about "Zero Dark Thirty," the newest film from the Oscar-winning "Hurt Locker" team of writer Mark Boal and director Kathryn Bigelow. And for good reason, too -- a breathlessly paced thriller chronicling the decade-long hunt for Osama Bin Laden, it's the kind of brainy, surefooted filmmaking that we rarely get these days. The film stars actress Jessica Chastain as Maya, a young CIA operative who is terribly mysterious (she can't even give her boss a detailed biographical sketch) and terribly dedicated. It's her single-mindedness that brings Seal Team Six to Osama's doorstep. As far as we're concerned, it's the performance of the year, so it was a huge thrill to get to sit down and talk with Chastain about what it's like playing a character cloaked in mystery, why she wants to play a James Bond super-villain and why people still consider her an "overnight sensation" (even »

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