Jessica Chastain was born and raised in a suburb of Northern California, with her mother, a vegan chef, and stepfather, a firefighter. She begins to interest in the dramatic arts when, at the age of seven, her grandmother brings her to the theater to see an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical representation of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. At the age of nine she started to get passionate dance. Thanks to a scholarship from the foundation of Robin Williams entered the Juilliard School, where she actively participates in the theatrical department, taking part in theatrical productions and student film projects. She is the oldest of five brothers, in fact, has two sisters and two younger brothers. One of her sisters committed suicide because of severe depression.
Jessica Chastain began her Hollywood career in roles in several television series before making her film debut. Changes its name with mother’s and debuted in the movie for television Dark Shadows (2014), the film adaptation of the homonymous gothic soap opera, then participates in several television series, including E.R., Veronica Mars, Law & Order, but she continues to work hard in the theater, participating in performances of The Cherry Orchard, Salome and Othello.
In 2008, she gets her first starring role in the film Jolene, for which she won the Best Actress Award at the Seattle International Film Festival. In 2010 she plays a Mossad agent in John Madden’s The Debt.
2011 is a year professionally important for Chastain; starring opposite Michael Shannon in Take Shelter, and is directed by Terrence Malick in The Tree of Life. Both films are presented and awarded at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. Later, two films in which she took part are presented to 2011 Venice Film Festival: Texas Killing Fields (in competition) and Wilde Salome (out of competition). During the Venetian event the actress receives the Gucci Award for Women in Cinema Award in 2011, consigned annually to women who have distinguished themselves in the field of cinema. Chastain is the first personality to win the award, born in 2011.
In 2012 she received numerous international awards for her performances in The Help and The Tree of Life, getting her first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Celia Foote in the film The Help. In the same year TIME magazine includes her among the 100 most influential women in the world. After, Jessica Chastain takes part in Lawless and Zero Dark Thirty, directed and produced by Kathryn Bigelow tells the ten years investigations of a young woman in order to find Osama Bin Laden. For this film, Jessica Chastain received her second Oscar nomination, SAG Awards, BAFTA and Golden Globe award she won for the first time on 13 January 2013. She also participated in the Terrence Malick’s film To the Wonder, but her parts have been cut in the editing room.
In 2013 arrives the horror The mother, where she played the heroine Annabel. After, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, the drama in two parts told from the point of view of him (James McAvoy, or the main character) and her, and theatrical revival of The heiress on Broadway. From 2013 is testimonial of the fragrance Manifesto L’Eclat by Yves Saint Laurent.
In 2014 participates in the drama Miss Julie, directed by Liv Ullmann and based on the homonymous work of August Strindberg, opposite Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton and in the sci-fi Interstellar by Christopher Nolan starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway, so receives many acclaim from critics. In addition interprets the dreaded wife of Oscar Isaac in the thriller 1981: Investigation in New York by JC Chandor, thanks to which she was nominated for a Golden Globe, Independent Spirit Awards and critics’ Choice Movie Awards. On the occasion of the latter, the MVP Award was presented for achievements in 2014.
In 2015 takes part in the horror film Crimson Peak, directed by Guillermo del Toro, alongside Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston and Charlie Hunnam. The film tells the story of a young woman who is seduced by a charismatic suitor. In the same year, Jessica is in the cast of The Martian, the film, directed by Ridley Scott, tells the story of an American astronaut on Mars left by his crew who thought him dead in a sand storm. Also takes part of Snow White and the Huntsman spin-off, whose release is scheduled for 2016. In 2016 she founded the Freckle Films, a production company created in collaboration with Elise Siegel.