Jessica Chastain grabbed an Academy Award for the first time on Sunday night after winning Best Actress, and it wasn’t for lack of opportunities.
“I’m friends with Eddie Redmayne and everyone was grabbing the Oscar (which she won for her performance in The Theory of Everything) and I didn’t want to. I’m superstitious,” recalled the Los Ojos de Tammy Faye star.
Chastain got the statuette from her on her third try; she was previously nominated for Historias Cruzadas and La Noche Oscura.
“It was 10 years ago that I got the rights to tell this (Faye’s) story. I think that was the first year I was nominated for an Oscar. And I had seven premieres in 2011 so the 2012 ceremony was the beginning of my career. So to be here 10 years later with a tape that I bought the rights to and brought into existence is significant,” she said.
Chastain was inspired by Tammy Faye and hence her desire to bring her story to the big screen.
“It’s so important to give each other flowers while we’re alive and I feel like we missed that opportunity with Tammy Faye, so it’s very special to me.
“He was texting me with his kids during the ceremony. It’s a beautiful moment that means a lot in terms of my profession, but also in terms of my life,” she added.