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Jessica Chastain Slams Rumored Rivalry With Jennifer Lawrence — And Says Women Should Support Each Other!

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Despite what you may have read, Jessica Chastain was NEVER in a feud with Jennifer Lawrence!

When both actresses were up for the Best Actress category at the 2013 Oscars, rumors swirled that a rivalry of sorts had formed between the talented nominees.

And even though Chastain cleared the air herself at the time, brushing off the reports as a "myth that women aren't supportive of each other," she opened up about the supposed feud again when discussing the fight for women's equality!

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Speaking to Haute Living, the actress opened up about her "healthier" experiences filming with predominately female casts on films like The Zookeeper's Wife and The Help.

She explained:

"If you're one of the only women on a set—if it's you and a bunch of men—you feel like your value doesn't come from your thoughts and your talent and what you say: your value comes from how you look and how you're perceived by the men around you….I'm not saying that you should have a film set where it's predominantly women, I'm just saying when you have more women and you have more balance in a situation, it's going to be a healthier experience."

A huge advocate for gender equality, Chastain is involved with We Do It Together — a nonprofit aiming to provide more opportunities for women in TV and movies.

So, it's no surprise she thought J.Law's op-ed about the gender wage gap was so "important."

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She added:

"It was incredible. I loved her op-ed…and I was really disappointed after she wrote it that she got criticism. Sometimes people have that attitude where, ‘You're an actress making a lot of money, how dare you complain?' We've kind of been programmed to be grateful that we've gotten this job, so don't rock the boat. I don't think that's fair. Jennifer Lawrence coming out and saying that was really important."

And when reports pitted the Zero Dark Thirty star and Silver Linings Playbook actress against each other when they were competing for Best Actress, the 38-year-old was quick to shut them down, continuing:

"During Oscar season [2012-2013] media, because they were trying to get headlines and get clicks, were trying to fabricate a fake rivalry between Jennifer Lawrence and myself and I immediately came out and said this is a media myth that has to stop… The women I know are not like this and I cheer for women to succeed because I know when an actress succeeds that means there's going to be that many more roles for women because an audience is going to demand it."

Well said!

It's so great the actress is such an advocate for gender equality and shows nothing but support for her fellow leading ladies!

[Image via Adriana M. Barraza/Brian To/WENN.]

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