Jessica Chastain is having a bomb-ass year. She starred in a string of hits – including The Tree Of Life, The Debt and The Help – and has even been noticed by Vogue Magazine, which named her its latest style crush. “Vogue? Are you kidding me? I grew up buying Vogue,” she told ASOS Magazine, which selected her as their December 2011 cover girl.
Chastain’s next film, The Wettest Country In The World, is set to be released next month and co-stars Mia Wasikowska, Guy Pearce, Shia LaBeouf, Gary Oldman and Tom Hardy.
Chastain fondly recalled the mood of being on The Help set down south. “Filming that was like being at summer camp,” the star said. “We were all in this small town – Greenwood, Mississippi – so we would work all day, then go and eat because we had to gain weight…It’s really fun because it means you get to eat a lot and you don’t have to worry about working out, but it also means that all of your clothes get too tight…There’s something sensual about being heavier, you feel like a painter’s muse.”
More from Jessica’s interview is after the jump, and check out Chastain’s looks in our gallery.
On her new success: “I’m not in it for the fame or money. A lot of my childhood (outside San Francisco) we were very, very poor. I’ve experienced that. It’s tough, but I can get through it. I could be very happy working Off-Broadway in theatre for the rest of my life as long as I was acting – that’s what makes me happy.”
On being a redhead: “I got teased a lot when I was a little kid. Bullied for being a redhead. When you become an adult, that stops. But then when you become a known actor, it comes back. People write mean things on message boards…people feel that they can say mean, mean things…it’s really shocking and strange.”
On her day-to-day style: “I live by the ocean in California, so it’s Chloe sweaters and jackets. I absolutely adore Louis Vuitton…i love the color, there is so much play. And I love new designers, Juan Carlos Obando and Prabal Gurung. I always try different things, try to change my look… I can’t wear all things…I could never be a model…What I am is a storyteller, so when I see an amazing dress, I think about the story of the dress and get into character.”