By Colleen Kratofil
Updated October 12, 2015 01:30 PM

Jessica Chastain has a timeless beauty look, and she rarely strays from it. (That’s why when she debuted a sexy new bob at New York Fashion Week we took notice.) But the actress went very anti-Jessica in a new shoot for W Magazine‘s November issue, leaving her Old Hollywood ways behind for an edgy, punk-inspired look that required bold wigs and dark dyed brows.

Credit: Steven Klein

Steven Klein for W Magazine

Chastain, 38, posed for photographer Steven Klein and the magazine’s Fashion and Style Director Edward Enninful in a high-fashion “creepy gothic heroine” portrayal. Her beauty looks feature a mix of long, bright red locks and blunt stark-white pompadour, with an equally bold lip and brow. As far as fashion goes, she sports edgy jewelry (a Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci rosary necklace and earrings throughout) and strong, embellished clothing (from Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane, Proenza Schouler and Atelier Versace among others).

She tells the magazine all about her skyrocketing path to stardom and gets nostalgic about her first big film premiere — The Tree of Life at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2011. She wore a canary yellow strapless gown and recalls that she rarely let go of her costars’ (Sean Penn and Brad Pitt’s) hands all night. “I would have fainted without them,” she tells the magazine. “When I see a picture from that premiere, I seem happy. But that was, actually, a kind of acting. In my head, I was thinking, I have no idea what I’m doing here, and I don’t belong. Cannes was when my career was born. I made it through the fire to the Palais, and it changed my life.”

Steven Klein for W Magazine

A change that landed her seven films in 2011 alone and an ever-evolving group of characters to portray. “It did confuse people,” Chastain said. “I would hear, ‘Who is the real Jessica?’ a lot. I think of versatility as a good thing, but it does make it difficult for audiences to know you.”

As far as style audiences, we’ve become very familiar with her major access to custom-designed gowns and flashy fashion partnerships (like her Piaget diamond ambassadorship!). But despite everything she’s accomplished so far, she still has one goal — to play a Bond villain. “People ask me if I want to be a Bond girl, and I say, ‘No, I want to be the villain.’ I’m waiting for that call!”

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–Colleen Kratofil