"For months, I tried to make it light, laugh it off," Jessica Chastain reveals

By Alexia Fernández
March 07, 2019 08:15 AM
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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.

Jessica Chastain
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“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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In a November 2017 interview with Town & Country, Chastain said she was “working hard to break free of stereotypes that the film industry has created and nurtured around women.”

“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.”