Jessica Chastain Says a Male Director Suggested She Stop Advocating for Women

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Jessica Chastain Says a Male Director Suggested She Stop Advocating for Women

 

 

Earlier this year she received a Golden Globe nod for her role in Miss Sloane.

And with her impressive acting resume on the constant up, Jessica Chastain looked positively serene as she stepped out in Paris on Wednesday evening.

The Hollywood star floated from her hotel’s revolving doors in a crisp white number and into the evening, where she was attending a French screening of the movie.

That’s why it’s disheartening to hear how a male director, whom she holds in high regard, pulling her aside to dissuade her from speaking out about her beliefs.

“I had one male director say to me that I talk too much about all of this ‘women stuff.’ This is a person I love, and maybe he was concerned I would hurt my career.” she told the in-flight magazine American Way in a recent interview. “I’m not attacking anyone. I’m trying to create more inclusiveness, compassion and empathy  which in turn makes better movies, better art.”

With her upcoming movie, “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” telling the story of a woman who saved lives during WWII, it seems like Chastain is more committed than ever to subverting Hollywood norms by playing complicated women.

“I just don’t know why it’s not changing,” she says of the industry, citing a litany of damning statistics. “I’m doing my part to make the change, so why isn’t everyone else?”

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