Did Jessica Chastain force Vanity Fair to delete a mildly critical article?

Here are some new photos of Jessica Chastain in Paris over the weekend. She’s in Paris for Fashion Week. Do you buy that? Do you buy that Jessica is now a major Fashion Girl who gets invited to all of the Paris fashion shows? I’m not sure if I’m into it. Jessica looked good for the Oscars – remember that copper/gold Armani? – but I might have been the only one who didn’t think that the Armani gown was, like, the best thing ever. I just thought it was better than everything she’d worn the entire awards season, which wasn’t saying much because Jessica was (and IS) a disappointment as a Fashion Girl. And I’m not saying that to completely disrespect her – she’s an incredibly talented actress. But I just don’t buy her as someone who delivers with any consistency on a red carpet.

Anyway, these photos are from Jessica’s appearance at the Givenchy show (she’s wearing those bizarre beige-lace-inset pants) and the Viktor & Rolf show (the black coat, and then inside she wore black slacks and a black top). Do you see what I’m talking about? Her styling is lovely for the Givenchy show – who knew she could pull off flat-ironing? – but those pants are unfortunate. And then at the V&R show, it’s her styling that stinks – too garish with the makeup. I’m saying this because I would love it if Jessica started wowing us with consistency. I’m saying this because I know she’ll be up for an Oscar again, and it will probably be very soon.

Also, did you hear about the controversy with Vanity Fair writing something mildly critical of Chastain during the awards season and then pulling it completely from their site?

We all know that tensions rise during those final weeks leading up to the Academy Awards as media outlets decide who’s worthy and who’s not. So this begs the question: with so much money and prestige at stake, is it possible for even major and reputable media outlets to voice any negative opinions while Oscar campaigning is underway? Especially if they want Academy Award contenders to take out ads and sit for interviews and come to parties? Increasingly, no.

It’s well known that The Hollywood Reporter and Variety cravenly promise Oscar hopefuls flattering coverage. But Vanity Fair? Granted, its year-round showbiz coverage has all the heft of a marshmallow. But its Deputy Editor Bruce Handy this Oscar season wrote for the magazine’s website one brief but hardly brutal column dissecting Jessica Chastain’s body of work. This wasn’t some freelancer: this was the magazine’s #2 who dared to express mild criticism about the Best Actress Oscar nominee for Zero Dark Thirty.

“I’m surprised it’s being hailed as one of the year’s great performances, and that it has earned her an Oscar nomination for best actress,” Handy opined. “It’s not the sort of flashy thing, like playing a transgendered murder victim or quadriplegic boxer, that the Academy normally rewards.” He included much praise but also said Chastain was an “empty vessel”‘ and “recessive presence” who doesn’t “quite hold your eye”.

The piece posted on the VF website January 25th at a pivotal point in Oscar campaigning: just before final paper ballots went out and online voting began. Within a day, the analysis was gone. Not just gone from the VF website but really really really erased from the Internet at large. Publicists for Sony Pictures and Chastain’s BNC flackery told me it was “not true” that VF deleted the article. But, to its credit, Vanity Fair owned up to it. Explained VF spokeswoman Beth Kseniak: “We took it down because it ran counter to what a number of people at the magazine believed.”

[From Deadline]

You can read the original VF article in its entirety here at Deadline – it is critical of Chastain, but it doesn’t cross any “too harsh” lines at all. It’s just a well-written piece of actor/film criticism, one which dozens of major sites would have published with ease and little fanfare. I think it’s interesting that Chastain’s people denied that VF deleted the article but VF had to cop to it. Perhaps Chastain has some ball-busting people working for her? Huh.

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet and WENN.com.

 

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  1. Esmom says:

    I used to be neutral about her, I thought she seemed sorta sweet and innocuous. But slowly I’m starting to think she’s more calculating and conniving than I’d imagined. But maybe that’s the only way to get ahead in Hollywood.

    I like her flat ironed hair, it gives her a bit of an edge I’ve never seen with her before.

    • Birdie says:

      I agree. She seems very.. competetive. I think she really really wanted that Oscar.

    • Bijlee says:

      They all are shady. all of them.

      • flor says:

        THIS!!!! I was told the other day that a young, very, VERY successful actress’ parents used to pay casting directors 5k to let her daughter audition for parts. What talent are we talking about?

        All of these actresses play the game. The only ones who do not are probably Mia Wasikowska, Cate Blanchet and one or two more. It’s ridiculous what they do.

      • Bijlee says:

        @flor …that’s weird I heard that too…it was about JLaw though. But chastain did it? Weird. Either way I don’t care. All these stars have like a million different stories about how they were discovered. Most of them are like…”I wasn’t even trying and then I realized I wanted it.” that girl from girls, JLaw, Natalie portman, and there must be so many more. I like Emma stone who basically said, “I wanted it, I made a PowerPoint, and showed my parents.” but I’m dumbfounded by parents who would let their child take part in such a weird dream.

      • flor says:

        @Bijlee I heard about JLAw too. I just did not want to say her name because then I am accused of being a hater when I am not.

        But don’t get fooled by JLaw. Her parents had money and bought her an apartment in NY when she moved there, and then they bought her a $600.000 house in Santa Monica when she moved to LA. The girl has money but her official story says that she was discovered.

        I like Emma Stone for saying that. It actually makes me believe that she worked really hard for where she is now and I like her for that.

        Jessica struggled a lot until she got a play alongside Al Pacino who recommended her to all his friends in Hollywood.

      • Andrea says:

        Amy Adams never strikes me as shady. Her road to finally winning the role in ” Enchanted” and her Oscar nod for Junebug is a pretty open book. I think she legit came from a poor family and made it the old fashioned way.

      • flor says:

        @ Andrea Oh, thanks for that one! Amy and Juliane Moore don’t play the game and that’s why they will probably never win an Oscar when those two alone can act circles around all the young actresses poised to be the new Meryl. Love those two ladies.

      • andrea says:

        They ALL campaign (except maybe, in this particular case, Miss Riva). And even if they themselves are not innately competitive that way, they are nominated for being in movies that are bankrolled by people who are. There’s a reason actresses who turn in spectacular performances in indies are never really nominated.

    • littlestar says:

      I agree. I don’t know much about her, but from the things I’ve read and seen about her, she just comes across as disingenous to me. There’s just something about the look in her eye that makes me think she really isn’t as sweet as she likes to come across as.

    • Amy says:

      Jessica Chastain is officially shady as hell. Thank God Jennifer Lawrence won.

    • kennedy says:

      Add Melissa Leo to that list of actresses who had to work their ass off to get to where they are. As much as her FYC Oscar ads were tacky and slightly hilarious… I feel for her. She had to fight and claw her way up to get the kind of roles that were worthy of her talents. Amy Adams, Julianne Moore too!! Carey Mulligan, maybe?

      • flor says:

        Carey too! I love that girl. Who else? Who else? I’m loving this thread and I love Chastain though. I love Emily Blunt because she is so talented and could be even bigger but she doesn’t play the game that much so that holds her back.

    • MisJes says:

      Look, no one know exactly how these actresses made it into the industry, all anyone has is stories, rumours and inklings. It’s hard to pass judgement on who hustled into entertainment through shady means and who didn’t. All of them likely did what they had to do. It’s a tough industry.

      Secondly, I don’t think it’s fair to say that just because someone came from money, that somehow they don’t deserve the break they get. In Jennifer’s case, does it matter if she comes from money or not? She’s obviously amazing gifted and by all accounts, very humble and grounded. Had you the money to help your child pursue a dream, you would most certainly use it.

      • Bijlee says:

        I don’t care if JLaw used money, you have to. I don’t care that she came from a rich family. She obviously does because she’s selling a pretty different image. The girl is carefully crafted persona. Go read her wiki page a publisist wrote it for her. It makes her seem like some goddamn acting miracle. I remember last year reading it and the whole page talking about how she doesn’t take or didn’t take any acting classes and just acts all on her own. They are trying really hard to sell the naturally gifted angle. Girlfriend is way overhyped.

      • Sabrina says:

        But they market Jennifer Lawrence like some Midwestern hick with straw behind her ears who rode the Greyhound to Hollywood with just her suitcase and five dollars.

      • Bijlee says:

        @sabrina LOL. That is the best description for how they market here! Hahahaha. That’s why some of her stories annoy me. I really like her, but wow JLaw is exhausting.

  2. G says:

    Her boyfriend is in fashion so maybe this is her way of mingling in his circles? Plus this is often payback to designers for free outfits during awards season (see Amanda Seyfried)

  3. DSS says:

    In general, there is something really shady about this girl. (I mean besides all the talk about her really being Ron Howard’s daughter)

  4. Caitlin Bruce says:

    That straight hair is awful!

  5. Aria says:

    Don’t kill me, please, but I don’t find Jessica a talented actress or as talent as they want us to believe she is. As for her style, it’s seems kind of forced.

    Amanda’s dress is fug.

    • Lisa says:

      I won’t kill you :) I have only seen her in The Help and was unimpressed. Also, whenever I hear her speak on the red carpet, she sounds like she’s a junior (max) in high school. She’s in her mid-30s (or *whatever*). She should sound like she’s at least read a few books, thought a few original thoughts, etc.

  6. Izzy says:

    I’m sure her people had nothing to do with the article being pulled (cough).

    She and her people keep this up, she will soon be much less popular.

  7. i'm french don't kill me says:

    her looks during the french Fashion Week are NOT her best looks

    the VF article on her is well written and for me,rather eulogistic (his point on Mama is accurate)

  8. Squeakie says:

    I like her with straight hair it’s an improvement but god she has terrible style. It looks like she just grabbed a few things out of a bargin bin at a thrift store and slapped them together.

  9. Ellie66 says:

    Those pants are horrible the look like lace napkins glued on the front. Yikes! If this is fashion-foward I will stick to jeans.

  10. Lily says:

    I really like her, I think she’s a tremendous actor. And by knowing that she might be “calculating” makes me like her even more. You’ve got to be smart in this business if you want to last.
    Why do you think Lawrence keeps being loud and sassy in interwiews? If it didn’t helped her career her team would have told her to temper herself. (I love Lawrence btw).

    Let’s get real – being a Hollywood movie star is just like being a politician: agent, manager, marketing, pr, publicist… your every move, answer, mag cover is calculated by the artist and the team.

    • TG says:

      Just read your comment about being calculating and referencing Jennifer Lawerence. I agree and I must be the only one who thinks she tripped on purpose on her way up to get her Oscar. Also, she wore a white or near white princessy type dress to emphasize her innocence and youth. It isn’t bad at all but it is calculating. I mean the very next day she was seen smoking pot in Hawaii so go figure.

      • Lily says:

        I don’t know if it was staged or not but I’m 100% sure she knew people were going to talk about it and that it would add a few points to her likeability capita.

        Honeslty, the only celibrity that I can think of who has 0 ability to control her image would be Kristen Stewart… unless her team and her thought that she could fill the weird/anxious girl spot. And I honnestly think they did, they could have hired a personal trainer/guru for her lack of confidence but there’s lots of young teens like her out there – she has an audience as well.

      • ashley says:

        omg itotally thought she tripped on purpose also and when i tried telling people they all looked at me like I was crazy.

      • lady mary. says:

        totally agree,the fall looked so controlled so beautiful , if i would have fallen ,it wouldnt have looked so well orchestrated ,more like a pumpkin smashing i guess she is following kstews 101 tricks to have ppl talk abt u

    • Lyn says:

      Seriously – I like Lawrence too but she is just as calculated as the rest of them, I mean Harvey Weinstein ran her campaign. She’s just really, really good at controlling her image. I think Chastain is epically talented and she killed it in ZDT, but the VF writer was right that it wasn’t the kind of “flashy” performance that usually gets awarded.

  11. TG says:

    I have never seen her in a movie, at least I can’t think of one, and she came out of nowhere and lied about her age, understandably, I suppose. I can’t judge her acting skills but I will say she does not hold my interest. She isn’t ugly, she isn’t pretty she is just there. Often I am drawn to a movie by the allure of one or more actors/actresses and she has zero power over me. By allure I don’t necessarily mean attractive, I mean they have to have that certain something and she doesn’t have it, IMO anyway. Someone like Helen Mirren who is much older has that power over me and I can’t wait to see the Phil spector movie on HBO. Since Vanity Fair is my favorite magazine and if this is true I really don’t like her now. Why be afraid of criticism?

  12. Original A says:

    Several film journalists either hinted around or straight up said that Harvey Weinstein was quietly sabotaging Zero Dark Thirty behind the scenes. For example, one journalist ran a critical article BEFORE even seeing the movie. I wouldn’t be suprised if it came out that Harvey’s people had given the journalist some sort of exclusive access and the people at VF found out. The conflicting stories might be because no one is going to straight up tell the truth about Harvey. The timing of the story was really suspicious too…The fact that it dropped right before voting started, despite the fact that the film had been out for a month.

    • flor says:

      I believe this. Harvey is the worst. Look at this article from a couple years ago someone posted here a few days ago http://www.deadline.com/2009/09/update-harvey-weinstein-promised-to-deliver-tom-ford-an-oscar/

      This man promises people to get them Oscars as if awards were candy. This is getting ridiculous and is a shame because a lot of people love movies and believe in these awards shows.

      • Liz says:

        In this case I think it far more likely that one off Chastain’s people got the article pulled, she wanted the Oscar and their is nothing wrong with that.
        I think it more embarrassing for VF that they did remove it, if the writer was important to the magazine

    • mercy says:

      You know what? I can believe that. I’m not a Harvey hater — at least not when it comes to the films he produces, because I’ve enjoyed too many of them. I can also appreciate his role in bringing attention to quality films. But it’s not like he’s the only one who makes them. His awards campaigns are overbearing and unseemly. He wishes Chastain and Emanuelle Riva’s films were under the Miramax shingle, and one or the other probably would have won an Oscar for Best Actress if they were.

    • Diana says:

      And he got what he wanted; Jennifer’s performance was not Oscar worthy, yet she won because of him and his shady moves. Such a shame…

      • MisJes says:

        You know what, I saw both ZDT and SLP. Jessica Chastain’s performace was EXACTLY as the Vanity Fair reporter described. She was distant, cold and failed to draw me in as a viewer. She was Jessica Chastain as Maya, nothing more. She’s was not Oscar worthy in my opinion.

        Jennifer Lawrence’s performance was magical. Every emotional scene she had really grabbed me and I felt the raw emotion in my gut. She was endearing and complex. She really WAS Tiffany, and that is Oscar worthy. She hands down deserved that Oscar, and apparently the Academy agrees.

      • Camille (TheOriginal) says:

        @Diana: I agree. It is a shame. I wish Naomi Watts or Riva had won.

      • Liz says:

        @MIsJes I agree, I saw all the best actress performance before the oscars and I thought Jennifer Lawrence was by far the most challenging role to find that balance between comedy and drama is one of the hardest IMO to do.
        My second fav was Chastains, I preferred her performance to Watts, Wallis or Riva.

    • Chuck says:

      I totally buy this, for this VF article in particular. I didn’t read it, but Lainey’s article mentions that they compare Jessica unfavorably to such other actresses as Julia Roberts, Cate Blanchett, and…. JENNIFER LAWRENCE. Please. Dead giveaway there that Weinstein was behind this. Oh well!

  13. T.C. says:

    Her Italian boyfriend is in the fashion industry so not surprised she’s at Paris fashion week. Loving the flat ironed hair but those black pants with the gold lace need to be burnt permanently. So bad. Her makeup at the V&K show is too harsh. Softer touch Jessica. I loved her Oscar outfit.

  14. Uzi says:

    @DSS…I also think there’s something “shady” about Jessica. Five years ago no one had heard about her, and now she’s everywhere. In Hollywood age 30 is considered old, so why would a woman in her thirties (or whatever her age is…that’s one of many things JC’s been vague about) be getting so much buzz? There are so many actresses that are just as talented, if not more, and just as attractive. I saw Jessica’s Broadway play, “The Heiress,” and she wasn’t very good (critics agreed with me…her reviews were mediocre). The “Zero Dark Thirty” role could’ve been played by anyone, and I was relieved that she didn’t win the Oscar. She seemed desperate to win, and desperate to always have her photos in magazines/papers. I also wonder about her “boyfriend.” A couple of weeks ago there was a blind item about a lesbian actress involved with her producer; JC was a popular guess. The current issue of “Vanity Fair” has an article about ZDT producer Megan Ellison, and it talks about how she has an obsession with Jessica and how the two are BFF’s.

  15. 2000 says:

    I actually agree with the VF critique. I don’t see a tremendously talented actress when I watch her movies. The Help was OK but her performance in Zero Dark Thirty was mediocre. I was totally surprised how much people liked her and why was she even nominated. The Academy Awards are not purely about acting and it shows. There were way better performances that JC or JL yet these two actresses were all over the place. Let’s not even start with Anne H.
    She is definitely not a fashion girl. She can try as hard as she can she is just not a fashionista.

  16. bns says:

    I like her, but she needs a better stylist. I also think that both Jessica and Jennifer are overhyped. Obviously they’re both talented, but I don’t understand why people are talking about them like they’re the second coming of Meryl Streep, who is overrated herself.

    • V. says:

      WHOA!WHOA!! Lets not get carried away! Perhaps you need to go watch Silkwood, Sophie’s Choice or Bridges of Madison County to name a few…to refresh your tired little mind. Meryl is untouchable, her beauty and grace on screen is only eclipsed by her real life persona. Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Amy Adams, Dame Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, Alfre Woodard, Viola Davis are all in the same sphere as Meryl but none of the others. Everyone else is too try hard. Emma Stone needs to chill out or she will end up like Marissa Tomei and Julia Roberts…awesome but too try hard!

  17. mebee says:

    She’s rocking a center part! Not many people can do that. And how does her hair have so much volume at the roots when it is so straight…? I can never achieve this. Maybe she uses clip-ins or something?

  18. CC says:

    Does this surprise anyone? Not about this actress in particular, but about even the internet in general. There are a lot of powerful people of all areas (entertainment, politics, you name it) that hate the fact that they can’t control every aspect of what’s written as before, but obviously they’re not above minimizing damage from outlets they can control. VF is a name brand, but it’s symbiotic, they aren’t outsiders looking in, they are always seeking celebrity interaction with their brand.

  19. bns says:

    Who else do you guys get a shady vibe from in Hollywood?

    I love Nicole Kidman, but something is not right about her. I get a feeling that she stages her life to appeal to a particular fanbase and she’s not who she seems to be at all.

    I know that all celebrities are shady, but I’m curious to hear some examples.

    • littlestar says:

      Emma Stone gives me weird vibes. She seems very calculating (I don’t like how she burst onto the scene as a “red head” and then changed to blonde as soon as she became popular – yeah right it’s her natural hair colour) and fame hungry. She’s also friends with Taylor Swift, another one we all seem to get shady vibes from. So no wonder they are friends lol.

      I love Nicole Kidman too. Interesting that you get vibes that something is not right about her. I’ve never thought about it that way with her before.

    • flor says:

      Anyone who is looking for movie stardom is calculated. If you analyze actors, you can see who wants it and who doesn’t.

    • Gemini08 says:

      I am curious to know what you mean by “shady”? Do you mean secretly bitchy, weird??

    • Uzi says:

      Agree with you about Nicole. Once she broke up with Tom there was nothing special about her. Yes, she can act, and yes, she almost always looks great on the red carpet (much better than Chastain), but so what? She comes across as cold and calculating and unworthy of all the hype she gets. Put me in the Julianne Moore fan club!

    • Gemini08 says:

      Well I don’t think they’re hiding anything. I do think that some play the nice girl role for public favor. Though I don’t count Nicole among them- I think she had a lot of weirdness around her when she was married to Little Man Tate aka Tom, but she has become much more open since their divorce.

    • lace says:

      Nah,she’s not shady. She’s not “relatable” to the masses, for sure. Maybe, it’s something to do with the kind of roles she usually chooses (i.e. hard unlikeable character roles). And all she does now were art-house films; there’s no need to present a positive image to the indie audiences (they don’t care about the private lives of the actors). She already proved that she can nominated (SAG) in a film everybody hated and only seen by a few people.

      The complete opposite of Julia Roberts, very likable, oozing with charm but after decades of being in the public eye (like Kidman) let’s just say that her role alongside Meryl Streep in the film of “August: Osage County” would let Julia really revel in the bitchiness she’s usually forced to keep at bay when she’s acting.

  20. Chuck says:

    Chastain has never been cast in a movie for her popularity consider the fact that she was rather unknown – I have never heard of her until ZDT. She wasn’t cast for her bombshell look either – she’s a classical beauty but she’s no Jolie or Theron. Only conclusion left: she’s a skilled and talented actress. I find her refreshing.

    • bns says:

      If you think talent alone will launch a career in Hollywood you’re naive. It takes a lot more than that.

    • ahoyhoy says:

      Chuck, you need to get out more. Chastain was nominated for an Oscar JUST LAST YEAR as well for “The Help”, beaten by Octavia Spencer, her co-star.

      She was also in Best Picture nominee “Tree Of Life” w/ Brad Pitt & Sean Penn. That year or the year before.

      I wish the truth operated only as far as you can remember, but IMBD is your friend buddy.

      • Chuck says:

        Oh I did my research, I’ve watched all her movies since. Thing is 90% of her work are independent production, they get attention from film aficionados. The Help didn’t do as well in Europe as in the US. Tree of Life won La Palme d’Or, I knew it but I didn’t know Chastain was in it.

        And I apologize for not spending my free time and energy getting all excited for the Oscars… I just have my studies and a social life on the side.

    • andrea says:

      Jessica got her big break in The Tree of Life. Before then, if you’d never heard of her, I’d get it. But after Terrence Malick made her the central figure in one of his somewhat rare movies and critics just wouldn’t shut up about how fantastic she was, Jessica’s been EVERYWHERE. I remember how Brad made a joke about how she was working so much that only porn stars had that kind of turnover.

      Yes, of course she’s a talented actress and that’s why she’s being considered for just about every Oscar-bait movie out there. She’s very focused on her craft but, having gotten her break quite late, she’s also very ambitious, driven, and not above putting her name out there for all the producers to remember. Averaging 5 big roles a year, and doing theater in her “downtime?” Yeah, you bet she’s driven.

  21. Claudia says:

    I think VF’s explanation sounded really weak, especially as it’s their #2 at the magazine. I believe her people/studio had something to do with it. Something along the lines of “If you put this article out RIGHT now, while it can still affect Oscar voting, in the future you will not get inside coverage, interviews, and exclusives from people like X, Y, and Z.”

  22. lylaooo says:

    amanda looks so beautifull!

  23. Sara says:

    I never finished watching Zero Dark Thirty and I didn’t understand why she was nominated, the movie seemed flat to me. Her character was just ‘the girl’ in the movie about torture.

  24. Agnes says:

    I have no opinion on Jessica, but those pants are just a mess.

  25. Miss Jupitero says:

    They are *all* shady. I really don’t believe you can make it in that business without being very manipulative and cutthroat. It seems to be the rule. Yes, there are exceptions, but very, very few.

    I like her as an actress, but I can’t stand her style. The [ic with the coat is lovely, but almost everything else I see her in, ugh.

  26. Gemini08 says:

    I think they want so badly to make her a fashionista but she just doesn’t have the personality for it. She always very much looks like someone who was dressed up and styled. I don’t get any sense of personal style and aesthetic from her at all. She seems just flat out BORING to me. Handy is right- she is sort of an empty-vessel actress. I think she does much better as a supporting actress rather than a star. She just doesn’t have the charisma for it.

  27. TG says:

    @ashley – After the Oscars I was expecting everyone to be talking about Jennifer Lawrence’s fake fall and I didn’t see hardly anything and I was wondering who everyone could fall for it. I don’t understand how no one could have seen it the way we did and just in the analysis of it it is even more obvious to me that it was planned and her remarks afterwards. That fall is just way too beautiful and I can see that picture running for the next 100 years. It is surprising to me what the media and others decide to accept and what they don’t. I still like her and think she is probably a cool girl but she isn’t any different than the other schemers.

    • andrea says:

      Oh, I didn’t think that fall was pretty. That one shot where she was getting up was, but there’s a reason why there’s only one shot like that. The way I saw it go down (and yes, I watched the gif over and over again as well), she had 2 awkward hands in front of her and her face almost hit the step.

      There was no reason to fake the fall, she already won the Oscar. If that fall had happened at the Globes or SAGs, maybe I’d think twice about that conspiracy theory, but not when the campaign was over and done.

      • TG says:

        I will have to watch it again and again and I need to see it from different angles but my immediate gut reaction and feeling was that it was fake and planned. Remember she is Harvey’s girl and she has been campaigning with the “awe shucks” routine all season and this would have been the final curtain call on that campaign. I mean like I said look at her choice of dress? She wanted to look sweet and innocent. Sweet she might be but innocent? No. I am not complaining about her dress at all or her fall, just that she is just as calculating as the rest. That fall would and did apparantely endear her to the world whereas other folks who win their Oscar get hate for it. Also, she will live on in Oscar history forever. I had no clue that Helen Hunt had won an OScar until I read about it yesterday so see how quickly folks forget?

      • andrea says:

        Well, you can look at this way. She was so rattled by the fall she forgot to thank Harvey in the all-important Oscar speech.

      • taxi says:

        She blushed while she was down- hard to fake that. Going upstairs in a long, very full gown is tricky.
        I’ve done it & fell the same way because I didn’t lift the skirt enough & walked into the hem. That skirt has to be lifted to at least the height of the next stair riser, normally 7-8 inches. When the skirt is that full, it’s usually covering 2 or 3 stairs ahead of the wearer.

  28. Lux says:

    I have no trouble believing it. Do we really know what her true age is yet?

    • andrea says:

      Best guess puts her at 35-36? Mandisa’s 36 and they went to high school together, so somewhere there. A lot of people fudge their age (and height) in Hollywood though.

      • Luxe says:

        Really? That’s really interesting. Which makes her bashfulness about her age even funnier.

        My comment is that I didn’t know her until The Help. I couldn’t understand why she was everywhere after that bc her portrayal wasn’t all that remarkable and she didn’t remind me of Cecilia in the book.

  29. fritanga says:

    OK, this woman is turning out to be the Dick Cheney of Hollywood. She must be doing some major sacrificing to her Dark Lord Beelzebub (a la Cheney), because for the life of me I can’t understand how she suddenly began to topline EVERY movie within recent memory AND have the power to deep-six “mildly critical” articles about her.

    This goes beyond possessing photos/videos of the “dead woman/live boy” variety which feature powerful people. The only thing I can think of is demonic intervention. Scary. She’s a decent actress, but no where near the level she’d need to wield this sort of power.

  30. Grant says:

    I so agree about the Oscars dress. I thought it was fine but I think the color actually kind of washed her out, but maybe that was just because I was seeing it on TV and not in person?

    But her hair looks FABOOSH in these pictures. Amazing, amazing, amazing.

  31. La Calabaza says:

    IMO Jessica is an overrated actress. I get b*tchy vibes from her. I was happy when she didn’t win. Her performance was average at best. The movie was average too. I would have loved that the french lady has won instead. Talking about Oscars, Jennifer Lawrence is an other overrated actress. I don’t buy her “sweet carefree” persona but I like her.

    Anyway, in the first pic, Jessica looks like Jennifer Aniston.

  32. Sachi says:

    Anyone here visits/visited the website Lipstick Alley?

    I don’t know if all the info and gossip there are 100% true, but you can be sure the “tea” are juicy. You won’t get out of that website having the same impressions of celebrities/athletes/models that you did before. Everyone in Hollywood is shady and calculating. There are only a handful of people who are real.

    Anyway, I love me some Chastain so I can’t be that objective about this.

    Although, the first time I saw her in The Help and that scene where she tells Octavia’s character to fight back against her abusive husband, Jessica really looked like she would cut a b*tch and it wasn’t her character speaking, but Jessica herself. Same with some scenes in Lawless. She looks like she’s made of steel in real life. She has ‘iron’ in her eyes.

  33. taxi says:

    I’ve seen 6 of Jessica’s films:
    The Debt, Jolene, Tree of Life, The Help, Take Shelter, and ZDT. She’s certainly very competent.

    In ZDT, she played a single-minded, dedicated & obsessively focused woman. She never had the reciprocal emotional interaction with another character needed to create drama. The drama & tension in ZDT was entirely in the process & photography, since we all knew the result in advance. It got a huge negative reaction from Wash DC, with CIA & at least one prominent senator calling for an official gov’t investigation. Nobody in DC will ever admit that water-boarding or any torture was used.

    That flap was big enough to badly hurt the award chances for ZDT. Enough to cause Bigelow to then say that “Maya” was a composite & not based on a single person. Maybe some spillover for Jessica? I don’t know.

    A couple of the reviews I saw said “Maya” didn’t have “depth” and that Chastain”s performance seemed “flat” & “one-dimensional”.

    Her styling? Usually bad but the center parted straight hair is very flattering. Hair looks 2-toned so maybe some clip ins. Except for Oscar night & a couple of other times, her clothes are pretty bad. She goes for some odd retro look with the ’30s hair & it accentuates her irregular features.