Jessica Michelle Chastain (born March 24, 1977) is an American actress. Chastain played guest roles in several television shows before making her feature film debut in the 2008 independent film Jolene. In 2011, she gained wide public recognition for her starring roles in seven film releases; her performance as Celia Foote in The Help earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, as well as Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award and BAFTA nominations in the same category.
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Jessica Chastain attended The Juilliard School in New York City, where she was an active participant in the drama department and starred in several theatrical productions and student film projects.
Her first role came in 2004 for a TV movie adaptation of Dark Shadows. She later appeared in television series' such as ER, Veronica Mars, Close to Home, and Law & Order: Trial By Jury.
In 2008, she made her film debut as the title role in Jolene, for which she received the Seattle International Film Festival Award for Best Actress. In 2010 she portrayed a Mossad agent in John Madden's The Debt.She has a number of projects scheduled for release in 2011, such as Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life,] the psychological thriller The Fields.
She has also completed a film adaptation of Oscar Wilde's Salome alongside Al Pacino. She has also filmed supporting roles for other adaptations such as Coriolanus and The Help. Her next project will be John Hillcoat's prohibition era drama, The Wettest County in the World.
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The Tree of Life, The Help, Zero Dark Thirty
Sacramento City College, Sacramento, California
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Jessica Michelle Chastain
El Camino High School, Sacramento, California
Juilliard School of Drama in New York City, New York, USA
The English Patient
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Yves Saint Laurent
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