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Jessica Michelle Chastain (born March 24, 1977) is an American actress and film producer. Born in a small town near Sonoma, California and raised in Sacramento, Chastain developed an interest in acting from a young age; as a teenager she made her professional stage debut as Juliet in a 1998 production of Romeo and Juliet. She went on to study acting at the Juilliard School, after which she was signed on for a talent holding deal with the television producer John Wells. She was a guest star in several television shows, including ER and Law & Order: Trial by Jury, for much of the 2000s. She also took on roles in the stage productions of The Cherry Orchard in 2004 and Salome in 2006.
Chastain made her film debut in the drama Jolene (2008), but found little success initially. This changed in 2011, when she gained wide recognition for her starring roles in half a dozen films which included the dramas Take Shelter, The Tree of Life, and The Help. Her performance as an as [...]
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