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Shruti Dhalwala
January 18, 2012 10:00 AM

Jessica Chastain may liken her rise to success this year to an “out-of-body experience,” but that doesn’t mean she still couldn’t be star-struck at last Sunday’s Golden Globes.

“I burst into tears when I met Gary Oldman,” the nominee (for her role in The Help told PEOPLE Wednesday night. “[My publicist] had to pull me away from my interview.”

Chastain added: “When [Oldman] came up to me, he said some very lovely things. And first of all, I was shocked that he even knew I was, and second I was shocked that he saw my work, and then I was shocked that he liked my work!”

Stepping out for the New York premiere of her latest film, Coriolanus, a modern-day take on Shakespeare that marks Ralph Fiennes’s directorial debut, the actress admits that 2012 is already proving to be quite the whirlwind.

Having worked alongside Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Al Pacino, Chastain is no stranger to big Hollywood stars, but she’s still getting used to when they recognize her.

“It was too much for me,” she says about meeting Oldman. “It was a moment that I will remember for my entire life.”

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