Jessica Chastain has been fighting for gender equality for a long time now.
Lately she’s been getting frustrated with the lack of forward momentum. In a new interview for American Way magazine, the actress expresses this exasperation, relating how people around her also seem to be encouraging her to stay silent.
“I had one male director say to me that I talk too much about all of this ‘women stuff.’ This is a person I love, and maybe he was concerned I would hurt my career.”
Wow!!! We imagine it was said with good intentions, but how tone deaf!
The 39-year-old defended her position, saying:
“I’m not attacking anyone. I’m trying to create more inclusiveness, compassion and empathy – which in turn makes better movies, better art.”
Some probably view her as attacking the status quo, and a lot of people can’t handle that.
“I just don’t know why it’s not changing. I’m doing my part to make the change, so why isn’t everyone else?”
We don’t know, girl. People are probably afraid to speak out, for whatever reason.
The famously private actress also briefly mentions her partner Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo, saying:
“Every August, for example, we do a big vacation, with all of my family and all of Gian Luca’s family, and we all go away together. It’s a tradition we’ve started.”
Lately she’s also been considering stepping away from the spotlight to go behind the scenes:
“I never spent my life thinking, ├óΓé¼╦£I have to be a movie star.’ So much attention has been on me for a few years, and what gives me the most pleasure is shining a light on someone else.”
And when asked about possibly starting a family, she expertly dodges the question:
“I haven’t made any kind of decision about my life in terms of that. I would never prioritize my career over any of my loved ones. And, yes, I talk about my family, but also I keep a lot private, so I’m not going to answer your question the way you want.”
Well, regardless of her personal life, we hope she keeps championing gender equality causes. We know if she keeps at it, things will eventually change.
[Image via American Way]