Jessica Chastain On Embracing Powerful Female Roles: ‘Young Girls Need Those Examples’

Jessica Chastain is sharing her candid views on the status of women in the film industry and around the world.

Posing on the cover of Elle Canada magazine’s September issue, the 40-year-old actress, who recently married fashion executive Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo in a magical wedding held in Treviso, Italy, opens up about making a positive impact as a woman in film.

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Photo: Max Abadian/Elle Canada
Photo: Max Abadian/Elle Canada

“I think it’s all women’s responsibility to step forward,” the red-headed beauty tells the magazine. “My goal is that a girl will watch ‘The Martian’ or ‘Interstellar’ and think ‘I want to be an astronaut or a quantum physicist.’ It’s important to show powerful women who are good at their jobs because young girls need those examples.”

Speaking of Sigourney Weaver’s leading role in the 1979 thriller, “Alien”, Chastain says, “Maybe that’s why I always saw film as a way for women to break through stereotypes – although I realized as I got older how few and far between those characters are. That’s why I now work very hard to create more opportunities for women.”

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Photo: Max Abadian/Elle Canada
Photo: Max Abadian/Elle Canada

For Chastain’s latest role in “Molly’s Game”, the actress plays a real-life world-class skier who becomes a high-stakes poker player. “I didn’t know much about her, but when I read Aaron Sorkin’s script, I was blown away,” the actress says. “What really fascinated me is that her story is about how society sees a woman taking charge.”

Chastain adds, “The way forward is we need to understand that women have more to offer than their sexual desirability – what about their intellect or ambition? It’s sad if we as a society deem women only valuable for their looks because everyone ages out of that.”

The issue hits newsstands on Monday, Aug. 7.

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