Jessica Chastain: Stop giving Meryl Streep all of the ‘older woman’ parts

JC Glamour

Jessica Chastain got the cover of SO MANY magazines this fall. She covers the new issues of Interview Mag and Glamour, which I’m including in this post. I hate the Glamour cover, but the rest of the Glamour shot is actually really nice. The Interview editorial is all black & white and heavy on the lingerie. Here are some highlights from JC’s Glamour interview:

On becoming famous in her 30s vs. at age 19: “I would have been a disaster. If I was 19 and I had the attention that I’m getting now, I would have just said stupid things. I would have partied more. All these expensive dinners and people giving me champagne? All these stupid things that we criticize 19-year-olds for doing when they’re famous, I would have done.”

On body-shaming & social media: “Oh God, it’s the worst. Enough with the body shaming! What is going on in this world? I remember being eight years old. I was a late bloomer. I had very, very short red hair. Very freckly. And thank God there wasn’t the Internet, because I was told every day at school that I was ugly. And that no one wanted to be my friend. The most cruel things. And now these girls or boys are having to deal with that in their school and on a world platform. If I can do anything to help young girls and to be a cheerleader for people who sometimes have low self-esteem, I want to do that.”

On parts for women: “I love Meryl Streep. She’s such an incredible actress. But I feel like she’s the only one in her age group who gets those parts. I’d like to see Jessica Lange in a movie again, you know? Or Susan Sarandon. Why isn’t Viola Davis a lead in a film? She’s one of the greatest actresses alive. And where are the Asian actors and actresses? I’m not saying, ‘We don’t want movies about men,’” she said. “I’m just saying, ‘Come on, all the men I know love women. So let’s also have some stories about these women. Let’s write something for them, guys—and let’s make room for women writers too.’”

Playing flawed, strong women: “There are a very limited number of parts. And there are some women that I’ve played and I didn’t give them too many flaws. Tree of Life. I loved that woman. Or The Help: Loved her, loved her, loved her, for all her openheartedness and compassion. But when I play a female lead, like the role in Zero Dark Thirty, even if she’s strong, I try to give her as many flaws as I can. I think to play a female hero without faults is actually doing a disservice to women. I think it’s more interesting to see women on-screen with flaws. Then it’s not this unreasonable expectation that society then would put on you: “Well, a strong woman can’t be like this….”

Having it all: “I don’t think it’s possible for anyone, male or female, to have it all. I’m just gonna say it: We can have as much as we’re capable of doing, but no one is capable of doing everything. Like, I hope someday to have a family and a career. But I have to also be kind to myself.

[From Glamour]

Jessica has been on a tear recently about feminism, gender equality and how women and their stories are undervalued. I kind of think that if someone else was saying it – like Angelina Jolie, Emma Watson or Kristen Stewart – these statements would be major gossip news. It’s a good news/bad news situation for Chastain then. Good news: people are listening to what she says and not trying to make her statements super-controversial. Bad news: most people are not paying attention to her.

As for Jessica’s Interview Magazine piece, you can read it here. Mindy Kaling did the interview! It’s a good read (they’re very girly and sweet to each other) but there’s no big quote from the piece.

JC Interview

Photos courtesy of Glamour, Interview.

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  1. shayne says:

    Part of the problem is that there just isn’t enough parts to go around for women let alone older women. But I do agree with Jessica. Meryl is fantastic obviously (water is wet) but enough already.

    • Sasha says:

      The problem is also that there’s not enough women behind the cameras: directors and writers. And even when a woman writes a screenplay with a great interesting female lead (Gone Girl) Hollywood manages to make the story about a man (the movie was more about Nick’s point of view than Amy’s, the exact opposite than the book)

      • Tiffany :) says:

        I agree that we need more variety of women roles, more writers and directors.
        Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media has done studies on this, and they have found really striking trends.

        Females are 7 percent of directors, 19.7 percent of writers, and 22.7 percent of producers. Female presence behind the screen directly impacts how many women we see on the screen.

      • Marianne says:

        The book was more from Nick’s point of view. The first half of the book, we only get glimpses of Amy through her diary. Which is the same in the movie.

    • Pat says:

      well Jessica shouldn’t have named names, that’s a big mistake because Meryl worked hard for her success and her beginnings in theater weren’t all that easy and successful. If Jessica really wanted to make an statement about women in Hollywood regarding variety and opportunities for other actresses, she should start with HERSELF: honey, the next leading role you get offered in a big movie, you should generously pass it over to another talented actress, maybe an asian, or african american or latina. What about that? I bet that’s not that easy to do for you as name names shaming colleagues.

      • Leah says:

        If she passed on a role, she couldn’t give it to someone else. The director or casting agent would choose.

      • Mrs. Darcy says:

        I think she has a fair point, twenty odd years ago Sarandon and Lange were viable lead actresses and always part of the awards season, as were Sally Field (I know she was in Lincoln but she had to bow and scrape for that role – a double Oscar winner!), Sissy Spacek, etc. Michelle Pfeiffer is another great actress who has been largely relegated to bit parts or awful movies. They’re all close enough in age to compete with Streep, yet Hollywood has gotten lazier in casting. They seem pretty relegated to supporting parts now in lieu of Meryl. I know there aren’t a ton of movies that have older female parts (the real problem), but Meryl is more often than not in whatever prime Oscar bait there is, and much as I love her I have seen her in roles I thought other people might have done more justice to. But dang Chastain just burned her Meryl dance card, rookie move!

  2. Mrs. Wellen Melon says:

    Streep’s Julia Child was a drag queen.

    I could go on. Suffice it to say, no love for Streep’s acting here.

    • Chris says:

      Whose acting do you love?

    • Tristan says:

      Julia Child herself was like a drag queen, so what do you expect from Streep’s portrayal? Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but without a doubt Streep is the best cinematic actress ever

    • Sugar says:

      I LOVED her portrayal of Julia Child because I think she exactly captured her essence as shown in Child’s own writing, especially in My Life in France. She was a big, goofy, zesty, yet serious woman …so yes, a drag queen.

    • SK says:

      I agree!!! I think Meryl is bloody brilliant in SOME roles and awful in others; but she gets nominated for everything she does these days.

      I hated her as Julia Child and I hated her as Margaret Thatcher. I felt that she was so intent on mimicking mannerisms, etc. that she didn’t concentrate on just capturing the actual essence of these people. I could see the acting and it annoyed me.

      I think sometimes she also has a tendency to overact.

      I do love her in a lot of her roles but she is not this perfect actress she is made out to be. I think even she eye rolls sometimes now when she is nominated for Oscars etc.

      I don’t think she is the best actress ever at all and I think it’s almost criminal how awarded she is when actresses like Annette Benning haven’t won Oscars yet.

      Jessica is right. Meryl gets all the roles for women past a certain age and it’s boring. They need to be spread around a bit more and there need to be more of them in general. Look at the insane casts Americam Horror Story gets. Last season had Jessica Lange, Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, and Frances Conroy. That cast is INSANE!! Why are they able to get such an amazing cast?? Because no one else is writing decent roles for these women. It’s ridiculous.

      • Hawkeye says:

        Totally agree that Streep’s portrayal of Margaret Thatcher was bad, but it was a bad movie all around (except for my boo Jim Broadbent).

      • siri says:

        I think the same: in some roles she is just marvelous, in others simply bad. Not everything Meryl does, is brilliant, I also agree on the tendency to overact (Osage County was one of those). As Julia Child, she was too focused on the ‘technical’ part (walking&talking like Child). I like her acting best in older films, like The Deer Hunter, Silkwood, or a film most people seemingly didn’t watch, Falling in Love, with De Niro. To me, she is not an acting goddess. There are plenty of other actresses around with just as much capability, Kathy Bates, Sissy Spacek, Annette Benning, Glenn Close etc. So, Jessica has a point here, but the studios are not interested in art, or who is best for this part, but who will get people to see the movie.

    • Jaded says:

      Streep nailed Julia Child. I’m old enough to have watched the original Julia Child cooking shows and believe me, Streep’s was no drag queen portrayal. Julia was big, loud, larger than life, had a whooping laugh, deep voice and a hearty love of food, fun and her husband.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I agree. I thought she was great as Julia Child. I thought the Margaret Thatcher movie just wasn’t a great movie, but I still thought she was good in it.

    • I Choose Me says:

      I prefer Helen Mirren’s acting as well. But as much as I think that Meryl’s acting is over hyped, I totally disagree with you re: her Julia Child performance. I think that role was one of her strongest in recent memory. Her Margaret Thatcher on the other hand left me very, very underwhelmed.

    • Jessica says:

      I loved her as Julia Child. That and her role in The Devil Wears Prada were two times where her recent penchant for over-acting worked, as the characters were both a bit larger than life in their own ways. She was terrible as Margaret Thatcher and ridiculous in August Osage County.

      It’s like Al Pacino. Sometimes the hammy yelling works perfectly and sometimes it’s painful and embarrassing to watch

  3. Chris says:

    “Having it all”

    Can anyone describe what having it all would entail?

    • Aussie girl says:

      I think she meant family and a career..?

    • BendyWindy says:

      Having it all would be a successful, high-powered career that pays lots of money and brings many professional accolades, while also having a large, beautiful home full of expensive furnishings, having the money and leisure time (in between that big, successful career) to travel the world and read books and cultured. Having a gaggle of kids who are intelligent, well-behaved and go to the best schools, but not having a nanny to do all the heavy lifting and being able to bake cookies for the bake sale, volunteer in the classroom, chaperone field trips, and always be at every dance recital, and generally being the perfect parent. You also have to be attractive and fit, well-dressed, and be married to an equally successful, worldly, cultured spouse, who is also well-dressed, and who coaches Little League, doesn’t cheat on you, and takes you on weekly date nights where you discuss current events, the latest obscure novel you’ve read, and the plays you’ve seen and gallery openings you’ve attended.

      That’s a slice of the American ideal of “having it all.” Basically, being all things to all people, all the time. Which really isn’t possible if you also intend to have time to yourself and keep your sanity.

      • tracking says:

        I was exhausted just reading this list. So true.

      • Micki says:

        What?! You mean other women CAN’T do it?! Or perhaps won’t do it because they are too lazy.
        I do your list completely for a full 5 min. every morning.
        Then I have a sip of coffee and wake up.

      • Chris says:

        You forgot to mention getting to the gym five times a week as well. But I’m assuming you left sleep off your list because you wouldn’t have time to.

    • Irishserra says:

      I think it would depend on what one wants. The idea is relative.

      • Mel says:

        Right, very much so.
        To me, for example, “having it all” means being healthy, beautiful, wealthy, having heatlhy and happy parents + siblings (if any), being very successful and happy in one’s chosen career and/or lifestyle + being passionately in love with (and passionately loved by) a wonderful man. (No children, thank you.)

        I think it IS achievable.
        But that’s not even the point. Just having it “all” from time to time would be PLENTY for most people.

  4. truthSF says:

    I totally agree with her regarding only giving Meryl Streep good roles for older women. Jessica Lange and Viola are some of the best older actresses, as well as Annette Bening and Julianne Moore to name a few.

    • I Choose Me says:

      Truth. Siri upthread also mentioned Sissy Spacek and Kathy Bates. I’d also like to add Frances Conroy, Catherine Keener, Frances McDormand, Alfre Woodard, Angela Bassett, Lynn Whitfield & S. Epatha Merkerson to that list. All underrated actors whom I’d love to see in more movies.

  5. Gina says:

    I don’t know Jessica’s work so I can’t comment upon it. I do know, however, that people who name names aren’t doing themselves any favors. Meryl Streep is in a class by herself with her skill to morph herself into a character so well it gives you the chills. My favorites are her older films such as Sophie’s Choice and The Deer Hunter. But, the one I love the most is a simple love story she made with Robert DeNiro: Falling In Love. Recommend it to any movie lover. Didn’t mean to turn this into a Meryl love fest…maybe those choosing actresses for their roles are doing the same thing….she stands out in your mind and blinds you to others….in Hollywood, that’s a money maker.

    • mystified says:

      Totally agree. She’s in a class by herself. Only Jodi Foster and Hellen Mirren come close.

      @truthSF Annette Benning and Jessica Lange are talented, but they are no Meryl, and Julianne Moore is in the same class as Jaclyn Smith and Joan Van Arc.

    • jojo says:

      Kramer vs kramer as well. She was brillant in that movie..

      • Gina says:

        I disliked her in Kramer v Kramer as well….although I think that’s a testament to her acting ability. To give up custody of your child as a mother is reprehensible, but that was the part she was playing. She made herself unlikable. But the end of the movie was everything, when she realized he was the better parent and when that elevator door closed… was a goose bump moment, for me at least.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I didn’t think she was unlike able in Kramer vs. Kramer. I thought she was just so fragile and depressed that she thought her son would be better off without her, even though she loved him very much. But it’s been a long time since I’ve seen it.

  6. Kip says:

    It’s nice to see someone finally mention the startling lack of asians in Hollywood/mainstream American media.

    • truthSF says:


    • Chris says:

      I’ve noticed the same thing on commercial television here in Australia. It’s still very white and not a very accurate portrayal of our multicultural society at all.

    • Kali says:

      And when they are cast, they’re often incredibly “token” casting. I’m still angry about how Ken Watanabe basically seemed to have only been brought in to whisper “Gojira” in “Godzilla” when he could’ve acted circles around most of that cast if he was given more than two sentences at a time.

      • Josefa says:

        Oh God. That really, really angered me. Especially since Aaron Taylor Johnson and his wooden, mediocre ass was given the starring role. They should’ve left Bryan and Ken do all the actual acting while he stood shirtless in the background.

      • I Choose Me says:

        Thank you! That was the most criminal under use of a wonderful actor I’ve seen in some time.

      • Mrs. Darcy says:

        Oh no, I love Ken! Haven’t seen it yet.

    • lucy2 says:

      I noticed that as well. For all the clamoring for diversity (which is a great thing), Asians are almost never mentioned and rarely represented. Nice to see a high profile actress mention it.

  7. Kiddo says:

    She looks like Lana Del Rey in the black and white photo.

    Here’s where she’s getting herself in a stickywicket: Sure Meryl Streep gets the lion’s share of jobs for older women. But that’s what happens when you are in demand, (regardless of anyone’s assessment of the acting ability). The same could be said for the various roles that Chastain gets, or will get, if she becomes more in demand. Will she turn down the the roles and magazine attention for some other aspiring actress to take over he reins? She seems to have had a lot of work already. Is it time for her to step aside? She didn’t need to single out Meryl. She could have left her out of the equation and moved to the last sentence about more work for women in general.

    • jinni says:

      She does look like Del Ray. Also, you are right I doubt she’d like for someone to say she needs to step aside to make way for actresses within her age bracket. If she wanted to be bold she’d have pointed out the producers, directors, and casting agents that she knows for a fact only choose from a small pool of acceptable actresses and are the real culprits. No need to take a shot at a fellow actor that has worked hard to cultivate the professional standing that allows her to continue working in interesting roles.

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        I remember thinking the same thing when I read that Christopher Nolan said that he wanted to work with Ken Wanatabe again, so he wrote the role of Mr. Saito for him in Inception. Saito was barely in the movie, and was shot/unconscious for most of his part–why couldn’t he have written him as the lead? Or as Arthur’s character?

        I feel bad for Asian actors, because they’re always stereotyped as nerds or throwaway rich characters. Ken Wanatabe is a sexy, sexy man. Me and my mom have been making eyes at him for forever. My favorite male Asian actors are John Cho, Ken Wanatabe, and Tony Leung (saw him in Lust, Caution–good Lord. I had to fan myself afterwards)…..

      • Onthedownlow says:

        @-VC how could you leave out the sexy Daniel Dae Kim. Granted he’s not a big movie actor but he was a main character on Lost and now Hawaii Five O. He’s hot, Google him

      • Carol says:

        It is not like Meryl is stealing someone else’s part. Some of the movies she has made only got made because she attached her name to them. When investors factor her presence in their decision to bankroll a film, she can’t then say someone else should play the part to make Hollywood “more fair.”

      • inthekitchen says:

        @Onthedownlow — DDK is scorchingly hot…I almost feel the need to put ‘scorchingly’ in bold all-caps! Swoon.

      • I Choose Me says:

        She said Meryl is incredible but it’d be nice to see some other talented actresses getting some roles too. How is that a shot at Meryl?

      • jinni says:

        @I Choose Me: I feel it’s a shot at Meryl because it seems to me that she is trying to say Meryl shouldn’t be hired as much.
        When one considers that, as she pointed out, so many women Meryl’s age don’t get any decent roles, why knock the one person actually bucking the system? Why not directly go after the people in charge of offering roles instead of namedropping an actress that is just trying to continue doing interesting work?

      • LAK says:

        VC: step away from my husband Tony Leung or else….

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        I’m willing to fight you…….

    • lucy2 says:

      I didn’t read it so much as “step aside Meryl” as “come on Hollywood, there needs to be more roles for older women, not just Meryl”.

      • Kiddo says:

        She specifically called her out, it wasn’t necessary.

      • lucy2 says:

        That’s true, and maybe not the most tactful way to do it, but I still think it was intended as a dig at Hollywood, not calling Meryl herself overrated, as some seem to feel she was.
        But she absolutely could have said it without naming a name, just said there’s only one or two in demand actresses of that age group and not enough for everyone else.

  8. smcollins says:

    I have to disagree about Meryl Streep being not that great and overrated. Does she deserve an Oscar nom for practically every role she plays? No. But that doesn’t mean she isn’t deserving of all her success and accolades. I think she’s an incredible actress, but who sometimes is miscast. With that being said, I do agree with JC about more older actresses getting roles that do seem to always go to MS.

  9. Miss M says:

    If people are not paying Attention to her how they are listening to what she says?

  10. Sisi says:

    I do sometimes wonder if Meryl is the only one in that age bracket that can get a movie centered about about an older woman greenlit easile. Perhaps Glenn Close can do that too, but most older women work in ensemble movies and aren’t headlining.

  11. Neelyo says:

    I like Meryl but I’m sick of her too. I miss Lange, Weaver, Sarandon. Imagine Sigourney in DEVIL WEARS PRADA.

    Alas, Hollywood producers have no imagination and see Streep as box office and the others are risky. Bullshit but that’s the way it is.

    • Kiddo says:

      The others are good actresses, no doubt. But they don’t necessarily have the proven range of Meryl. Everything in Hollywood is box office draw. Look at some of the men who are repeatedly hired for action tripe, with no skills.

      • Sal says:

        I really don’t see how Meryl has ‘proven’ she has any range, apart from being Meryl. But, to each their own.

      • Kiddo says:

        She has gotten hammier in her later roles, but you need to see her through the lens of her entire lengthy career.

      • Kiddo says:

        I guess I fall for “celeb mass marketing hype “. Thanks for letting me know of your superiority in intelligence. We will all have to default/defer to your opinion, knowing this, in the future. In fact, there is no point for anyone else’s opinion now that you have established your dominance.

      • quindici says:

        @ Sal “She is an example of mass marketing leading to a passable product being deemed great because ‘everyone says she is’ – therefore, she is. I am more discerning and don’t fall for celeb mass marketing hype that easily. Sorry. ”

        Are you talking about Meryl Streep? I hardly see her on the cover of a magazine or in an article online. PR wise she is almost invisible. I only know about her from her movies, not from gossip blogs or magazine stories. She works and then goes home. She does not make headlines commenting on this or that.

        And still she is known. If you ask people here in Europe, most will know her name and could give you the name of one or two movies.

      • Onthedownlow says:

        “she is just a celeb with barely passable acting range who knows how to use the media. She is an example of mass marketing leading to a passable product being deemed great because ‘everyone says she is’- therefore, she is. I am more discerning and don’t fall for celeb mass marketing hype that easily. Sorry.”

        If this was said about Angelina Jolie (and it could be) some people would be very offended.

      • Kiddo says:

        @Onthedownlow, Like it isn’t offensive now?

      • lucy2 says:

        I fully disagree that Meryl is just a “mass market” product. I think she’s an incredibly talented actress with a varied and interesting career, and one who for the most part stays away from the media and publicity until it’s time to do her promotional duties.
        If you don’t care for her work, fine, but there’s no need to insult those who do.

      • Chris2 says:

        Bloody hell Sal
        That’s a dismissal of Streep I’d never have expected….
        It IS intetesting to compare her with Mirren and to ponder whether thr great accolades Streep accrues are always fully justified, but to wave it all away as hype seems barking mad.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        I think Meryl is a very unique mix of incredible talent and incredible draw. Her films have made over $1 billion dollars, and I believe a few years ago she took the “highest box office draw” from a man, which was the first time a woman EVER held the position (cumulative box office total for all films in which an actor has appeared).

      • Mrs. Darcy says:

        Wow. I think Meryl can be hammy esp. when playing real people, but she is capable of magnificence. I found Julia Child hit and miss but by the end you just fall for her. She works from the outside in I think and sometimes it doesn’t translate as well. And nothing can take away her early work, Sophie’s Choice, just thinking about it, goosebumps, puh-lease. I would use the word hype to describe Julia Roberts, ScarJo, numerous others, but never Meryl.

    • g0tch4 says:

      Omg, Weaver in Devil Wears Prada would have been insane. I really liked Streep in DWP but I think Weaver would have been able to pull off the side eye in a violently entertaining way.

      • Kiddo says:

        See now, I don’t think Weaver is that good of an actress. It might be that she’s had so many similar roles, but I’m not that impressed. I respect others’ perspectives on it though.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        I LOVE Sigourney! I don’t’ like the idea of having to chose Meryl OR Sigourney. Why not Meryl AND Sigourney! Lets get more of all of these talented women!

      • Mrs. Darcy says:

        No, I beg to differ. Weaver is great, but she’s played 50 shades of bada** b*t** many times before. The audience wouldn’t have been surprised, the humour wouldn’t have been so delicious. It was a character type that Meryl had never really done – cool, yes, stone cold icy b*t**, not really. She nailed it in a uniquely haughty way that only Meryl could pull off and still be slightly likeable in the end.

  12. minime says:

    I like her interviews. She didn’t diss Meryl Streep, she was just trying to make a point about how limited it his for older women in Hollywood and that there are many other great actresses out there…what is true.
    It is nice to see someone who can be articulated for a change.

  13. Sara says:

    Jessicas “problem” is that she is seen as a great actress. thats why she is mostly left alone by the gossip media. Angelina Jolie, Kristen Stewart and to a lesser degree Emma Watson are gossip fixtures. they generate clicks because people want to know about their love lives and partners.

    Chastain is seen for her talent. that is a very good thing. But it also gives her a lot less public attention in terms of what she says in interviews.

  14. jojo says:

    There is something about Meryll that is unique. She’s not the classic hollywood beauty and never was. But there is a quality about her that makes her believable in almost any part. Her performances are natural, not the overacting some of these actors do nowadays. She looks and acts like an everyday woman. Of course she’s put out some bad movies. But she’s got more good ones to her credit.

    Helen Mirren is like that as well, at least to me.

  15. Micki says:

    The one thing I liked from the interview is that she tries to make her characters “flawed”.

  16. bns says:

    Meryl Streep is the Jennifer Lawrence of her generation. A huge career built on hype and a great PR team.

    • Cari says:

      So, so true! I hope people will finally realize that Lawrence’s “huge talent” is nothing more than PR hype… before it’s too late and she’ll gain tons of nominations for nothing (see: SLP and most of all AH).

      • Mrs. Darcy says:

        Lawrence is no Streep, but she is talented. Winter’s Bone, I know it’s what people refer to, but it’s why she is where she is today. I just hope she stops playing seemingly prematurely middle aged blowsy types for David O.Russell, it feels like she is overreaching, what’s so wrong with playing parts written for your age? (Hunger Games I know, but they’re not movies anyone will win acting awards for). I’d like to see her paired with someone who can challenge her acting wise (not Bradley Cooper blech) and be a more age appropriate love interest.

  17. andypandy says:

    I LOVE Meryl Streep That being said Chastain is right!
    We are under the misconception that Hollywood is innovative / risk taking when its really boring and Formulaic .It a bunch of old white men with money who say Oh this works well letst beat it to death.
    I feel the exact same way about Zoe Saldana she is decent actress (aint no Streep) but is seems like EVERY striking time they want to be ” diverse ” its Lets give it to Zoe
    They are sooooh out of touch with their audience , I know black people are not a monolith and there are obviously some BP who like her But in General many Black people do not care for Zoe Saldana and are bewildered why she is constantly being pushed down our throat.(and even from this blog she seems not that popular in general )
    Get it together old fogeys

  18. Sozual says:

    There was a big quote from her in the New York Daily News about WHERE ARE ALL THE ASIANS IN THE INDUSTRY.

  19. Oh come ON says:

    Stop giving Jessica Chastain all of the roles. Meryl doesn’t do casting. She takes what is offered to her, as does Jessica.

    • andypandy says:

      In all fairness she never ” blamed Streep ” she blamed the system so to speak for offering her all the roles .Your right if you are actress its your job to hustle and take the parts your given

  20. Jay says:

    My comments never show up here! I hit Submit Comment and they just disappear into the ether.

    • Jay says:

      (Finally) Hmmmm. No. If Jessica Chastain is going fault an older, Caucasian actress for simply taking roles that are offered to her, then she needs to hold HERSELF to that as well. A part that Chastain takes could easily be done by an Asian or black woman. Is she crying inside when she signs up for a movie for all of the minority actresses who lost out?

      What a mistake to name names and go after Queen Meryl. She’s not going to like the implication that she gets cast too much at the expense of minorities, even though she DOES NOT do the casting! Chastain is a moron.

  21. MG says:

    I really hope someone tells/asks Meryl Streep about these remarks when she’s promoting Into The Woods (or whatever that movie is). I’d love to hear her response to the accusation that she takes too many roles.

  22. Julie says:

    Well it is one thing to take issue with seeing the same actresses over and over in all the movies. (On that note, Interstellar will be Ms. Chastain’s 4th movie this year. *cough*) It’s another to actually drag an innocent and unsuspecting actress into it. This was a bad move, Jessica. Go after casting directors and producers but leave Streep out of it. I agree with the poster above, I hope Meryl is asked about this.

  23. PD says:

    I really do not like this woman. She’s head snob! I liked her when she was promoting the help but increasingly I felt a uppity and elitist vibe for her. Not an interview went by where she didnt mention she went to Juilliard and have an extensive knowledge of shakespeare etc. Look I understand acting and film/theatre is an significant part of life and culture but a few take it extremely seriously and behave as if it’s the be all and end all of life, which is annoying and she is one of them.

    She does come across as she feels she’s a true actress because she does serious things, she’s very ambitious but I feel in a negative way. She wants to be top of the class where everyone has their nose in the air. My profession is better than everyone else and the roles I take are true acting and I’m intelligent with it.

    Something about her also seems off to me, I don’t buy this I’m so humble and good act. I get a manipulative vibe of her. I’ve noticed at a few award shows when she’s been seen in the background and she has a face like thunder or hasn’t been seen clapping when someone had won or looking down on them.

    I get this feeling that she judges others a lot. I mean in a room if don’t believe she would give people like Cameron Diaz, Adam Sandler etc the time of day because they’re not really talented like she is or even worthy of being called actors. I personally believe she is being bitchy about Meryl here because she believes Meryl is not a great actress others deserve it more (fair enough many people Meryl is not that good, but Jessica is still no where near reaching what Meryl is capable of) and people love Meryls personality and how she can relate to a wide range of audiences.

  24. Lv says:

    Wish she were not in garters.

  25. Josefa says:

    She’s not saying Meryl Streep is undeserving of those roles, just that there’s plenty other actresses in her generation who are really talented as well and should get more recognition. She’s not blaming Meryl, but the industry.

  26. Goodnight says:

    Jessica is to me what JLaw seems to be to so many others: a singularly beautiful, funny, smart, grounded and very intelligent woman. She is extremely talented, and her messages about women are always on point. I love her.