On Sunday, Jessica Chastain will try for her first possible Oscar award for best actress in a feature film for “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” from Searchlight Pictures. She would be the second woman to win an acting Oscar for a film she also produced, after Brie Larson won in 2018 for “Little Women.” The first was Frances McDormand for “Nomadland” (2020), which took home best picture.
After previously establishing herself as a leading lady in the theater world, Chastain made the transition to film in 2011. In 2011 alone, she had six film releases, all of which received critical acclaim – from director John Madden, “The Debt” and “Take Shelter” from Jeff Nichols, “Coriolanus” from Ralph Fiennes, “The Tree of Life” from Terrence Malick, and “Texas Killing Fields” from Ami Canaan Mann. She was also nominated for her first best supporting actress nod for her performance as Celia in Tate Taylor’s adaptation of The Help.
She was asked back to the Oscars the next year, when she reprised her role as Maya, a government agent searching for Osama bin Laden in Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty,” but this time as lead actress. She was interviewed on Variety’s Awards Circuit Podcast recently, discussing her experiences on the awards campaign trail during that era disrupted by debates over the film’s depiction of torture.
She’s worked with a number of unique filmmakers in her career, ranging from “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” (which featured three distinct cuts) to J.C. Chandor with “A Most Violent Year” (2014), and Christopher Nolan with “Interstellar” (2014). Jessica Chastain Parents: Jerri Renee Hastey And Michael Monasterio.
Jessica Chastain Parents
Jessica Michelle Chastain was born on March 24, 1977, in Sacramento, California, to Jerri Renee Hastey (née Chastain) and rock musician Michael Monasterio. Her parents were both teenagers when she was born. Chastain has refused to discuss her family history publicly; Monasterio, who died in 2013, had been estranged from her, and no father is mentioned on her birth certificate.
Chastain was born on January 6, 1987, in Georgia. She has two sisters and two brothers. Her younger sister Juliet died by suicide in 2003 at the age of 24 after years of drug addiction. Chastain grew up in Sacramento with her mother, Marilyn Hastey, a firefighter, and stepfather Michael Hastey.
She credits her stepfather for being the first person to make her feel safe. She has a strong connection with her maternal grandmother Marilyn, whom she attributes as someone who “always believed in me.”
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Jessica Chastain Nominated For Oscars: The Eyes of Tammy Faye
Her most recent film, “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” was produced through Chastain’s production company Freckle Films, which bought the rights to Tammy Faye Bakker’s life back in 2012 before its founding in 2016. Launched to develop and showcase female talent, Freckle Films continues to make strides with its all-women producing team.
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