Ever since her scene-stealing performance in 2011's "The Help," Jessica Chastain has become one of Hollywood's most sought-after A-listers. The talented red head's latest is Aaron Sorkin's "Molly's Game," and her performance has already earned her a Golden Globe nomination. Want to know her a bit better? Here are 9 facts you (probably) never knew about Jessica Chastain.
A Star is Born
Jessica Michelle Chastain was born March 24, 1977 in Sacramento, California.
Her mother, Jerri, is a vegan chef and her stepfather, Michael, is a fireman. She is a longtime vegan herself.
Jessica graduated from the prestigious Julliard School in 2003 with a BFA in drama.
Making It Possible
Jessica had the opportunity to go to Julliard thanks to Robin Williams. She was a recipient of a scholarship that was provided by the late actor. "Robin Williams is a very generous Juilliard alumnus, and gives a scholarship every two years to a student, and it pays for everything, and I got it," she told Interview Magazine in 2011.
Chastain was once roommates with actress Michelle Williams while they appeared in Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard in 2004. Both actresses were nominated for Oscars in 2012, although thankfully Williams was up for Best Actress and Chastain was up for Best Supporting Actress.
Jessica has a three-legged rescue dog named Chaplin.
Small Screen Spots
Jessica had small roles in shows like "Veronica Mars," "ER," and "Law & Order: Trial By Jury" before breaking into film. Her first movie was 2008's "Jolene."
Love, Italian Style
Jessica married her fashion executive husband Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo in 2017 in an intimate ceremony in Northern Italy. They couple had been dating since 2012.
Jessica has expressed interest in playing the adult Beverly role in the upcoming "It" sequel. "Anything that they’re doing I want to be a part of, so I hope we can make it happen,” she said of director and producer Andy Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti.