Jessica Chastain Was ‘Really Terrified’ That Speaking Out Against Sexual Harassment Would Destroy Her Career

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Standing up to injustice is never easy, but always necessary.

In an interview with the New York Times published on Monday, Jessica Chastain speaks to the publication about the sexual harassment scandals that have been rocking Hollywood.

While the Molly’s Game actress — who recently received a Golden Globe nomination for the role — is known for being vocal about social issues, the red head admits she was “really terrified” to speak out.

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The 40-year-old revealed:

“As an actor, I have a lot of fear, thinking that if I speak my mind, or something that feels like it deviates from the norm as a woman, am I going to be made to disappear in my industry?”

Even with this fear, the Zero Dark Thirty thespian voiced her opinion on Twitter after the NYT published their now-infamous December 11 exposé on Harvey Weinstein.

Luckily, Chastain had a support group who encouraged her to speak the truth, no matter the repercussions.

“I’ve got a good group of girlfriends on WhatsApp, and I said, ‘I’m really terrified I’m destroying my career right now. I wonder if people will still see me as an actress, and want to work with knowing I have these opinions.’ In the way that only good girlfriends can do, they helped me eliminate fear and understand that the only way to change something that’s wrong is to change it, not ignore it. And rather than saying it’s an industrywide issue, it’s more than that. It’s a societywide issue. We can’t ignore farmworkers or women who have been invisible.”

Overall, Jessica is proud of the progress society has made, and believes we are entering “a new world.”

“It really is a new world. We’ve been since birth in a society that makes us feel like we’re easily replaceable, that we need to be grateful for any work, and grateful for what we have. But what that does is it limit our acknowledgment of the power we have, especially when we work together. It’s like what Margaret Mead said. ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.’ And that’s what we’re doing.”‘

As we reported, in an interview with ES Magazine, Chastain refuses to ever “make a movie with Harvey Weinstein” again, and is “not going to get paid a third less than my male co-star who has equal experience.”

[Image via WENN.]

Dec 12, 2017 5:04pm PST

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