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Old January 18 2013, 09:00 AM   #1
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Jessica Chastain: Lady of the Week #4 (Jan. 2013)

Jessica Chastain
(Mama, Zero Dark Thirty, The Tree of Life)
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At an early age, Jessica Chastain (born Jessica Howard) performed in productions of Shakespeare’s works around the San Francisco Bay area. At the urging of another actor in Romeo and Juliet, Chastain applied to Juilliard and was accepted, assisted by the help of a scholarship founded by Juilliard alum Robin Williams. During Chastain’s last year at Juilliard, producer John Wells attended an acting showcase in which Chastain was performing. He liked what he saw and signed her to a 12-month holding contract, in the hopes of finding a place for her in his upcoming shows. She ended up getting roles on Wells’ ER and on Dark Shadows, Law & Order: Trial by Jury, and a host of other shows. 2011 was her breakout year with an Best Supporting Oscar nomination for The Help and a starring role in Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life.
Mama is a supernatural thriller that tells the haunting tale of two little girls who disappeared into the woods the day that their parents were killed. As a woman (Jessica Chastain) tries to reintroduce her lover's (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) traumatized nieces to a normal life, disturbing questions and occurrences suggest that a supernatural presence has followed the girls to her home.

Week #1 (Jan.): Kelly Monaco
Week #2 (Jan.): Alexandra Daddario
Week #3 (Jan.): Leslie Mann
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