Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain called in to “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” from her car to chat about her role in “Zero Dark Thrity,” being a blabber mouth, and the upcoming Oscars.
What Is She Looking Forward To At The Oscars?
“There is a bit of me that likes watching myself on the red carpet like at the Golden Globes the other day, I met Christophe Waltz, which was so cool. Every awards season I meet someone that’s really respected. I’m just excited…I’m wondering who I’m going to meet at the Oscars,” Jessica tells us.
How Did Jessica Prepare For The Role?
In “Zero Dark Thirty” Jessica played a real CIA Targeter who captured Osama bin Laden. “I grew up in Northern California. My mom’s a vegan chef, I’m vegan, we’re a bunch of hippies. So, the idea of playing a CIA Targeter is pretty extreme,” she confesses. “I had a lot of questions about the CIA. Questions about Maya the character I play. I read ‘The Looming Tower,’ which is a great book. I also read ‘Osama bin Laden‘ by Michael Scheuer. Then I just had to create the character. I had to fill in the blanks of what the research couldn’t give me…because she is undercover.”
How Was Working On A Film Surrounded By Secrecy?
“It wasn’t so much fun, because I have the biggest mouth. I am such a blabber mouth. Not good with waiting or patience or anything like that. But I had to keep it a secret for a year. I mean, I did tell a couple people, I’m not going to lie,” she admits. So, what would she tell people she was working on? “I just said I was working with Kathryn Bigelow. Whenever a journalist would talk to me I would just say I can’t talk about it. Which of course was irritating to everyone.”
On The Torture Scenes:
“They had us up in an active Jordanian prison. It’s not a fun thing to do, it’s very different than playing Celia Foote in ‘The Help,’ you know. Where a lot of that is like I get to hangout with Octavia Spencer and be goofy. But as an actor it’s our job to kind of delve into thorny subjects and to play characters that do things that you wouldn’t do in your real life,” she explains. “Kathryn Bigelow released a statement to the LA Times that I thought was brilliantly written and she said that perhaps the focus should be on criticism towards Officials that implemented the policy and not the film that’s shown a light on it.”