September 10, 2012 12:00 PM

>JESSICA CHASTAIN

WAS THERE A LOT OF DRINKING ON THIS SET?

I had my fair share of moonshine, but it tasted like rubbing alcohol. I had one sip and then I was done. This is going to be crazy to say, but I’ve never had a hangover.

YOU’RE NOT MISSING MUCH.

I know! I’ll meet my friends for Sunday brunch—like the girls from Sex and the City, we meet for breakfast to talk about boys—and they’ll be hungover. It seems miserable!

SPEAKING OF BOYS: HOW WAS KISSING TOM HARDY?

We became buddies and played Scrabble on-set, so that made it easier for me, but I’m shy. When I read a script and there’s kissing, I always feel like I got punched in the stomach. Acting is a bit embarrassing: nudity, kissing, dancing.

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU’RE NOT WORKING?

I love to cook! My favorite is poached pears with sweet-potato ice cream. I’m doing a play [The Heiress, opening this fall on Broadway], and my dream is to go to cooking school during the day and do the show at night.

DO YOU EVER SLEEP?

I love to keep busy. If I’ve got days off, I’m like, “Great! I’ll work on my French, I can take a cooking class.” That, to me, is heaven.

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