Saturday, January 12, 2013
Saturday Scream Queen: Jessica Chastain
California-born Jessica Chastain began her career performing with Shakespearian companies all over California's Bay area while still in her early teens. While training at New York City's famous Julliard academy and developing her television and screen career, she continued to perform Shakespeare, and to this day she divides her time between Los Angeles and New York City, the screen and the stage,.
Chastain was nominated for the 2013 Best Actress Oscar award for her leading role in "Zero Dark Thirty," a film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden. While that film was in theaters, however, she could also be seen starring in the offbeat monster film "Mama". (Also nominated this year is previous Saturday Scream Queen Naomi Watts.)
Chastain's other horror credits include the 2005 film remake of "Dark Shadows" (which was seen by virtually no one as it was only screened at conventions) and "Take Shelter" (2011). Her horror resume is a bit thin at this point, but she can be seen in many thrillers, some of which almost cross the border into darker territory, such as "Texas Killing Fields" (2011). Horror fans can only hope for her to appear in more films of the genre we love... and that she pairs her talent with worthy scripts.