Jessica Chastain Regrets She Didn't Tell a Male Executive Who Flirted with Her to 'F—k Off'
"For months, I tried to make it light, laugh it off," Jessica Chastain reveals
Jessica Chastain isn’t afraid to speak her mind — but it wasn’t always easy for the actress.
The 41-year-old Oscar nominated actress opened up about regretting standing up for herself when a male executive flirted with her.
“For months, I tried to make it light, laugh it off,” Chastain said, not identifying the man, in Marie Claire‘s April “Change Makers” issue. “Now I wish I had just told him to f— off.”
Chastain has been outspoken about her experiences in Hollywood as a woman. That outspoken quality, however, has caused her to experience some backlash.
“I’ve had people tell me, ‘You need to be a little more quiet with all this woman talk,'” Chastain revealed.
Despite experiencing pushback, the actress said she won’t stop speaking out about pay equality and equal opportunities for women as there are for men in the movie industry.
“I agree there are not as many women as men that have the same experience, but that’s because, in the past, women have been actively discriminated against,” Chastain explained.
She continued, “Male directors who had their first film in Sundance, their next offer is a huge action movie. Women haven’t been given those opportunities, and we need to ask why.”
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“If I’m in a situation where I have equal experience to the actor and my role is just as significant, there is no reason why I should be paid less,” she added.
“It’s not really part of my world anymore, because I just won’t accept it.”