Jessica Chastain makes rebellious choices

Jessica Chastain tries to be “rebellious” in her career choices.

The ‘Memory’ actress is always keen to go after the roles she is told are not “right” for her because she enjoys “doing something challenging” with her work.

She told Britain’s HELLO! magazine: “If there’s a role I’m told maybe isn’t right for me, that’s the one I will take a second look at.

“When I was starting out at Juilliard, Val Kilmer came to speak and I will always remember what he said, ‘Hollywood isn’t unimaginative, they are anti-imagination.

“That is something I’ve come to understand so now, I try to be rebellious.

“I try to shock people and do the opposite of what they expect.

“The most important thing is to do something challenging.”

And Jessica particularly likes to seek out “flawed” characters to shine a spotlight on true humanity.

She added: “I don’t have to play the most noble person in the world.

“In fact, I love playing flawed characters because that shows humanity. I want to know I’m contributing to something positive.”

The 47-year-old star – who won the Best Actress Oscar in 2022 for her portrayal of a TV evangelist in ‘The Eyes of Tammy Faye’ – is still “in shock” she’s made a career out of her profession.

She said: “I can’t believe I get to do this.

“This started as a dream, now here I am living it.

“I’m still in shock that I have an Oscar and hope I always will be, because then I’ll always appreciate it.”