New Hollywood

Jessica Chastain

The Magnetic Force

''Do you know who Jessica Chastain is?'' The Help's Octavia Spencer asked EW back in 2011. ''Because trust me, you will.'' How right she was. The ethereal actress earned an Oscar nod for her heartbreaking turn in The Help and another for her raw performance in Zero Dark Thirty. Is it any wonder that the 36-year-old has no fewer than five movies on the horizon, including Christopher Nolan's Interstellar and Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak? We'll leave it to her Peak costar (and fellow New Hollywooder) to sing her praises.

Benedict Cumberbatch On Jessica Chastain
''I adore her. I think she's phenomenal. It's just a joy to see someone so ridiculously adept. Any praise of her is faint praise because she really is from the same mold as Meryl. She's one of those actors that will continue to amuse, bemuse, move, frustrate, terrify — everything that you could possibly wish to be provoked into feeling as an audience — for her professional life. She's great.''

Originally posted Aug 02, 2013 Published in issue #1271 Aug 09, 2013 Order article reprints
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