Jessica Chastain’s grandmother sat on Bradley Cooper’s lap at a party

Jessica Chastain is very close to her grandmother. And I guess Grandma is quite a character. Jessica tells more stories about her than any other family member. When the lockdown began, her grandmother was alone, so Jessica went and got her after they’d both been isolating safely, and they rode out the rest of quarantine together. Grandma, who’s in her 80s, is also Jessica’s workout partner. While promoting the all female action film, The 355, on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Ellen asked about Jessica’s grandma’s dating life. Apparently, Jessica’s been trying to set Grandma up for years. But Grandma doesn’t need any help in that department because she takes the initiative when she sees something she wants. In one particular case, it happened to be an unsuspecting Bradley Cooper.

Jessica Chastain’s grandma isn’t afraid to shoot her shot.

The actress’ grandmother did just that when she sat on Bradley Cooper’s lap at a party.

A few years ago, Chastain hosted a party at her house and invited Bradley Cooper. Her grandmother was there too and wanted to meet the actor.

“My grandmother is now at the age where she just really doesn’t care, you know? She’s just like, ‘I’m just going to do whatever I want,'” Chastain recalled. “So in the middle of the party she just walked over to Bradley and just, like, sat on his lap.”

So, what did Cooper think of the bold move? “He looked horrified actually,” Chastain continued. “He had never met her. He didn’t know who she was. I saw it kind of happening in slow motion where I was like, ‘Noooo!'”

Chastain quickly told Cooper that the woman sitting on his lap was her grandmother and he was like, “‘OK, OK, hi grandma.'”

[From E Online]

You can watch Jessica tell the full story below. She begins by explaining that every time she works with someone her grandmother likes, she gets Jessica to introduce her. She has a photo of herself and Al Pacino on her nightstand. She got a real kick out of meeting Matthew McConaughey. So, I guess Grandma feels very comfortable around Jessica’s friends. I’m trying to be generous because I know this is supposed to be a cute ‘look at how wacky my 80+ year old grandma’ is. I had an 80+ year old dad of a friend feel he was entitled to do whatever he wanted to do in a wacky ‘at my age’ kind of way too. I was not amused. However, if Jessica is telling this story on Ellen, I’m sure everyone ended up being fine with Grandma plunking herself down on the guests. Bradley seems like a good sport. I just hope Anna Wintour didn’t catch wind of Grandma Chastain moving in on her territory.

And I mentioned, Jessica was there to promote The 355, which opens Friday after several Covid-related delays. I’m very excited for this film. I learned in Jessica’s interview that the actresses raised the money to make the film. So the film is truly all theirs. Even more reason to support it.

Here’s Jessica’s segment on Ellen:




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  1. Tulipworthy says:

    I with you Hecate, I don’t find that story cute or endearing.

    • North of Boston says:

      Yeah, same.

      It’s also one of those that as soon as you gender swap the people involved the ickiness jumps out at you. 80 year old man putting his body on a 40 something woman he’s never met is gross and inappropriate, same here. Being in your 80s and no longer giving a ish doesn’t mean you can impose your body on other people without their prior permission.

      I’m glad JC and her grandma are best buddies and I’m no fan of BC (I find him icky all by himself) And good all involved settled it out. But this isn’t a great story.

      • lemontwist says:

        Totally agree with both of you. Reading that squicked me out, especially the part about how he was obviously surprised and uncomfortable in the situation. I’m not really a fan of BC either but no one deserves to feel like that.

  2. Wiglet Watcher says:

    I saw the 355 trailer… will this be another loud explosion and unrealistic action scenes with all actors being incredibly gorgeous by Hollywood standards? Because it looks it. Only the thinnest actors for the leads. And the sexy government agent tracking them down.
    Yes to the female leads, but no to all the other stuff.

  3. Amy T says:

    I just thought ‘Why is this even worth mentioning?’

    It’s one of those “funny inside the family and icky outside of it” stories.

  4. NicB says:

    Jessica has been open that she has complicated family dynamics and some tragedies from her youth related to her family and that her grandmother is pretty much it for her. I love that her grandmother is around still for this time in Jessica’s life – it’s really sweet!

  5. Sasha says:

    I agree that it’s not the best story, but it simply doesn’t work to ‘switch the genders’ and draw a conclusion. Power dynamics are different between men and women. Whilst a woman might feel extremely uncomfortable if an older man were to encroach on her personal space, men (generalising here) aren’t always going to feel threatened in the same way. I completely agree that no one of any gender should feel they can ‘do whatever they want’ but power dynamics are important and I really don’t buy drawing an equivalence between genders.

    I think it’s actually the exact reason why some men don’t understand street harassment. They think they would feel great about themselves if random women were to whistle at them or call them handsome or whatever. And they probably would! Because the sense of threat in those interactions when you reverse the genders change. It’s not all the same.

    But still grandma should cool it with sitting on people’s laps because it’s not funny or cute.

    • Lorette says:

      Men might not feel threatened, but they are also supposed, by societal standards, to say nothing and “take it like a man”, no matter how uncomfortable and grossed out they are. (Besides, an 80 year old fragile man is rarely a physical threat for a 30-40 year old woman, if we gender-swap this story, yet the icky, gross, aggressive factor remains.) This is a bad story however you look at it.

    • Kitten says:

      Yeah I tend to agree, Sasha. I don’t see anything wrong with acknowledging that it’s poor form for *anyone* to do this, especially during the pandemic (not sure if that happened recently or not) but acknowledge that it’s not quite the same as an old man doing it to a younger woman.

      Regardless, please don’t do this without permission/consent, grannies.

    • North of Boston says:

      The man in question was apparently – per JC- made uncomfortable by it initially when it happened, so hypothetical reactions of other men don’t really apply.

      I do agree that no one of any age should be sitting on strangers’ laps of any age without prior permission.

  6. Bernie says:

    I got sober in my early 30’s and will remain so until I hit 90 years old, at which point I will start drinking wine spritzers, eating lots of pasta and taking naps throughout the day. I will not be sitting on strangers laps.

  7. Sally says:

    I know we shouldn’t always talk and speculate about these things, but I ADORE Jessica as an actress and I cannot but notice that her face looks very different. Why? Why must they always tamper with their beautiful and expressive faces?