Jessica Chastain says she didn't plan her summer movie monopoly
Jessica Chastain seemed to have come out of nowhere with three major movies - "The Help," "The Tree of Life" and "The Debt" which all opened this summer, but the actress insists it was purely accidental.
"I didn't plan it like this," Chastain said at the premiere of "The Debt," in an interview provided by Focus Features. "I've been making movies for about four and a half years and they kept getting delayed and my heart kept getting broken when I thought, 'What's happening? When are people going to be able to see my films?' And now, for some strange reason, they all are coming out at the same time, so it's great! Now, this is like the big pay-off!"
In "The Debt," Chastain plays the younger version of Helen Mirren's character Rachel Singer in scenes set in the 1960s. Singer once worked as a Mossad agent and is haunted by one of her past missions now that she's a retired Israeli spy. She and her colleagues were in the 1960s tasked with catching a Nazi war criminal - a doctor who experimented on German concentration camp prisoners during the Holocaust.
Marton Csokas and Sam Worthington play her fellow agents. Tom Wilkinson and Ciaran Hinds play the characters in 1997 and star alongside Mirren.
"Rachel Singer's a character unlike anything I've ever played before and I loved how strong she was, she's so capable," Chastain continued. "In this team of these three Mossad agents, she's the one who really puts herself in danger, really goes out there to capture this war criminal but at the same time, in addition to her being so amazing and strong, it allows for moments of vulnerability, which I think are very human and realistic and it's not a typical Hollywood story where the hero's always perfect- always strong, always tough. I was really drawn to that and of course, I was really drawn to being in a movie with Helen Mirren."
The 30-year-old actress gushed over her co-star, calling Mirren "perfect" and hoping for a career as impressive as the actress.
"She is one of a kind. She is a goddess, she is on a pedestal to me," Chastain said. "There is no other Helen Mirren and I could, with a lot of help from hair and makeup, attempt to look like her, impossible because she's one of a kind but thank goodness I got to rehearse with her and work with her and maybe a little bit of her gold dust was sprinkled on me in rehearsal... rehearsal's very important to her, as it is to me and she hasn't lost that. Sometimes you see that after awhile, someone gets lazy - she's not lazy, Helen Mirren. She's talented and hard-working and gorgeous and intelligent. She's perfect."
Despite the fact that Chastain appeared in a slew of movies this summer, the actress claims that her life has remained pretty normal, which she is definitely happy about.
"I've always wanted to be an actor, it's been one of my dreams since I was a little girl and I'm living my dream right now, so every moment, I'm just like, is this really happening?" Chastain continued. "But also, my real life hasn't changed. I don't get stopped on the street, I don't get recognized. Every once in awhile [I get recognized], it's very, very rare, but then I get to have a great conversation about a film I did - that's wonderful. But otherwise, life's pretty normal!"
"The Debt" was released on Wednesday, August 31. It was filmed in London, Budapest and Tel Aviv and is a U.S. adaptation of the 2007 Israeli movie "Ha Hov.
Chastain made her film debut in the 2008 film "Jolene," which earned her the Seattle International Film Festival Award for Best Actress. She has recently appeared opposite Brad Pitt in Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" and alongside Emma Stone in "The Help."
She will next appear with her "Debt" co-star Sam Worthington, "Kick-Ass" actress Chloe Moretz and "Watchmen" star Jeffrey Dean Morgan in the thriller, "Texas Killing Fields."
Watch a trailer for "The Debt" below.