The Golden Globe nominee says she's hasn't mixed business and pleasure since drama school

By Tim Nudd
Updated January 03, 2013 09:55 AM
Credit: Sony

Jessica Chastain would rather not talk about the man she’s dating. But one thing’s for sure: He isn’t an actor.

The Golden Globe nominee says her one rule for relationships is not to date anyone in her line of work.

Why? Because it’s just too public.

“I have dated an actor before, at Juilliard, but since then, I’ve only been on a couple of dates with one, and I was so freaked out someone was going to take a picture of us, because they were famous,” Chastain, 35, tells the U.K.’s InStyle‘s February issue.

Another unfortunate thing about actors? They want to talk about acting!

“I realized I wanted just to be able to hang out with someone,” Chastain says. “I didn’t want to talk about the business I’m a film fan, but I don’t want to talk about auditions or what movie I’m gonna do. I find that so boring.”

Chastain – who earned her second straight Golden Globe nod for Zero Dark Thirty, following her star turn in The Help – won’t reveal who she is dating now, saying only that “some people in the fashion world” know who he is.

Elsewhere in the interview, the redheaded actress talks about her unconventional looks. And while she has said in the past that she enjoys being mistaken for other people, it has had its downsides, too.

“There were a couple of times when I thought, ‘Maybe I should dye my hair blonde?’ I’m in L.A. and I’m thinking, ‘Why can’t I get an audition for a film?’ ” she says. “Being a redhead and not having very conventionally modern looks, it was confusing for people, and they didn’t know exactly where to put me.”