14Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty

Unnecessary sequel The Huntsman: Winter’s War and schlocky horror Mama prove Jessica Chastain’s foresight isn’t always 100% accurate, but even so, neither one could be classed as an unmitigated cinematic disaster. And they’re the only real blips on an impressively eclectic resume which has seen the redhead

tackle everything from gothic romances (Crimson Peak) and Shakespeare adaptations (Coriolanus) to animated sequels (Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted) and period crime dramas (A Most Violent Year) with aplomb, as well as pick up Oscar nods for her performances in The Help and Zero Dark Thirty.

Admittedly, Chastain also has a couple of films that greatly divided audiences at the time of their release. But whether you view Terence Malick’s The Tree of Life as a transfixing meditation on love and loss or simply pretentious drivel, and Interstellar as an audacious sci-fi classic or a snoozefest with delusions of grandeur, you have to admire Chastain for the boldness of her career choices.

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