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Jessica Chastain admits she ‘grew up with a lot of resentment’ during poverty-stricken childhood


Golden Globe-winning actress Jessica Chastain has opened up about her upbringing in a poverty-stricken home with a single mother who struggled to feed her five kids – admitting that she ‘grew up with a lot of resentment’ because of their difficult circumstances.

The actress, 44, who married into an Italian noble family through her husband Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo, shared details about her childhood in a new interview, in which she admitted that many people ‘expect’ her to have been brought up in the same privileged position that she now holds. 

She told The Sunday Times: ‘I don’t talk about it much, but it was really, um, it was not what you would expect. When people see me, I think they expect a different background than I have.

Tragic: Jessica Chastain has admitted she ‘grew up with a lot of resentment’ due to her family’s poverty, which saw her single mother struggle to feed her five children

‘So because I come from that place, I know what it’s like. And it makes me angry. And I don’t [want] anyone else to be denied anything. In terms of a voice, being seen, being acknowledged and valued.’

A graduate from the private Juilliard School of performing arts in New York, the Golden Globe winner worked there in return for her education, which her family never could have afforded, she claimed.

She said: ‘There were people that saw I was struggling as a kid and they helped me. And that’s why I ended up where I am now.’

Throwback: The Sacramento native went on to reveal that she's the first person in her family 'not be pregnant when she was 17', claiming it 'gave her a choice' that those before her didn't have

Throwback: The Sacramento native went on to reveal that she’s the first person in her family ‘not be pregnant when she was 17’, claiming it ‘gave her a choice’ that those before her didn’t have

The Sacramento native went on to reveal that she’s the first person in her family ‘not be pregnant when she was 17’, claiming it ‘gave her a choice’ that those before her didn’t have.

The mother-of-two, who welcomed her first child aged 41, also questioned why there aren’t set ups on film shoots where people can bring their little ones – adding that she admired Chris Hemsworth for missing his kids while filming The Huntsman. 

She said: ‘Right now, as a society, I don’t believe we value fathers as much as we should. I think we have to understand that — and this is tough as a woman to say this — the father relationship is just as important as the mother relationship.’

Loved up: The actress, 44, who has since gone on to marry into an Italian noble family through her husband Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo, revealed she believes others expect her to have come from a different background (pictured in 2019)

Loved up: The actress, 44, who has since gone on to marry into an Italian noble family through her husband Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo, revealed she believes others expect her to have come from a different background (pictured in 2019)

It comes after Jessica revealed she suffered a terrifying accident on the set of her new movie The 355.

Speaking to James Corden on The Late Late Show, the actress recalled how she hit her head on a marble floor after insisting on doing one of the stunts herself in the spy action movie.

Appearing on the chat show alongside her co-star Penelope Cruz, she said the cast and crew had to persuade her to go to hospital after she ‘heard a crack.’

During filming for a fight scene, Jessica said that she had to fall and hit her head on purpose but had misjudged the distance to the marble floor.

Annoyed: She said: 'So because I come from that place, I know what it's like. And it makes me angry. And I don't [want] anyone else to be denied anything. In terms of a voice, being seen, being acknowledged and valued'

Annoyed: She said: ‘So because I come from that place, I know what it’s like. And it makes me angry. And I don’t [want] anyone else to be denied anything. In terms of a voice, being seen, being acknowledged and valued’

She terrifyingly recalled: ‘I heard a crack. Yeah, that may be why I am the way I am today. I heard a crack. Everyone stopped and looked scared and I was a bit stunned like “I don’t know what’s happening.”‘

A miscommunication from her stunt double didn’t help matters. ‘My stunt double comes up to me. She was so sweet. She is French and doesn’t speak a lot of English,’ the actress explained.

‘And she comes up to me and goes, “I’m sorry but I have to put it back in.” And I’m sitting there like ‘put what back in? Are my brains outside of my face? What’s happening?’

‘And I guess it was just a bruise she was pushing back in my head. I did a couple more takes because I don’t give up easy, and then I went to the hospital.’ 

Wow: A graduate from the private Juilliard School of performing arts, the Golden Globe winner worked there in return for her education, which her family never could have afforded, she claimed

Wow: A graduate from the private Juilliard School of performing arts, the Golden Globe winner worked there in return for her education, which her family never could have afforded, she claimed

Speaking some more about their movie, Jessica, who produced the project, said she had the idea to make it the action/thriller spy movie with all women because she hadn’t seen it done before.

She said she called all the women, raised the money for it themselves and made the movie for a fraction of the normal cost.

‘And we are the owners of the film,’ she said. Lupita Nyong’o, Diane Kruger and Fan Bingbing star alongside Jessica and Penelope as a a group of international spies who must come together to stop a terrorist organization from starting World War III in the movie. 

Uh-oh: Speaking to James Corden on The Late Late Show, the actress recalled how she hit her head on a marble floor after insisting on doing one of the stunts herself in the spy action movie (pictured in-character)

Uh-oh: Speaking to James Corden on The Late Late Show, the actress recalled how she hit her head on a marble floor after insisting on doing one of the stunts herself in the spy action movie (pictured in-character) 



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