By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
“I liked that it was a political thriller and that I didn’t know what my character was going to do next,” says Jessica Chastain, describing what drew her to the role of a Washington, D.C., lobbyist at the center of the gun debate in John Madden‘s new film Miss Sloane, as we sit down to record an episode of The Hollywood Reporter‘s ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast. It’s the latest in a long line of performances the 39-year-old has given over the last five years — including those in The Tree of Life, The Help, The Debt, Take Shelter, Coriolanus, Lawless, Zero Dark Thirty, Mama, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, Miss Julie, A Most Violent Year, Interstellar, The Martian and Crimson Peak — which have firmly established her as one of the finest screen actresses of her generation. She’s been hailed by critics. She’s twice starred in films concurrently at No. 1 and 2 at the box office. She’s played a key part in three best picture Oscar nominees. And she’s received two Oscar nominations herself. Now, a third might be on the way.
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