Jessica Chastain revealed that she was shocked by her Golden Globes Best Actress nomination for her role in Molly’s Game, as she feared her career would be over when she spoke openly about sexual harassment.
“I was warned from the beginning,” she wrote, once the Harvey Weinstein allegations started back in October.
“The stories were everywhere. To deny that is to create an environment for it to happen again.”
The actress told The New York Times that she was surprised by her nomination (her fifth Golden Globes nomination to date!) as she thought her comments would have harmed her career…
“To be honest, I’m mainly surprised about my nomination,” she said.
“As an actor, I have a lot of fear, thinking that if I speak my mind, or something that feels like it deviates from the norm as a woman, am I going to be made to disappear in my industry?
“When the article came out about Weinstein, I immediately started tweeting. I’ve got a good group of girlfriends on WhatsApp, and I said, ‘I’m really terrified I’m destroying my career right now. I wonder if people will still see me as an actress, and want to work with me knowing I have these opinions.’
“In the way that only good girlfriends can do, they helped me eliminate fear and understand that the only way to change something that’s wrong is to change it, not ignore it.”
Hopefully the fact that Jessica Chastain hasn’t been punished for speaking out against sexual harassment will encourage others to do the same and not stay silent.
Jessica Chastain has received Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress for The Help, Zero Dark Thirty, A Most Violent Year, and Miss Sloane. She has also received Oscar nominations for her unforgettable roles in The Help and Zero Dark Thirty.
“I struggled for so long to try to create a career. To have five nominations in such a short amount of time, it’s really shocking, and more than I ever imagined,” she added to The New York Times.
“I just feel so much gratitude and happiness.”
We understand why Jessica Chastain thought her impressive career would be in jeopardy, but we’re thrilled that she didn’t hold back!
Click here to read the full NYT interview.