Jessica Chastain (born March 29, 1981) is an American film and television actress. She was born Jessica Haward in Northern California. She attended The Juilliard School in New York city,where she was an active participant in the drama department and starred in several theatrical productions and student film projects.
She made her film debut as the title role in Jolene, for which she received the Seattle International Film Festival Award for Best Actress in 2008.
Chastain has also completed a film adaptation of Oscar Wilde‘s Salome alongside Al Pacino and has filmed supporting roles for other adaptations such as Coriolanus and The Help. Her most recently announced project is John Hillcoat‘s prohibition era drama, The Wettest County in the World.