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Italian Husband, Feminism, Uncomfortable Roles: Jessica Chastain at Venezia 2023

Jessica Chastain: An Unconventional Role

A mane of red hair, a true diva dress, fans crazy all around. Jessica Chastain brought the magic of Hollywood to the 2023 red carpet, almost out of time. Star of the latest film in competition, Memory by Michel Franco, she landed at the Lido as a fair interpreter of an independent film, wearing the strike symbol t-shirt. And then she took the red carpet, between her colleague Peter Sarsgaard and her friend, his wife Maggie Gyllenhaal.

From Shadows to the Oscar

At the Lido she brought a broken woman, looking for liberation, after a heavy past of domestic abuse. An unconventional role, just like she likes it. “If the only value I’m asked to represent is beauty, I’m not in it,” she revealed some time ago. A career started in the shadows and arrived up to the Oscar for The Eyes of Tammy Faye. “Anyone of you out there who feels hopeless or alone, I want you to know that you are unconditionally loved for the uniqueness you are and represent,” she said in 2022 with the award in her hand.

Complicated Childhood and Unconditional Love

Jessica Chastain, born in Sacramento, California, forty-four years ago, grew up with her mother. Complicated childhood, school left before graduation, the drama of her sister’s suicide, after a long fight against addiction and depression: “This completely changed the person I am. Movies, Oscars, clothes … nothing is so important,” she made known. Married to the Italian count Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo, two children had through surrogacy, marriage in a Venetian villa, home between Treviso and America, the actress does not like to talk about her private life: “The less is known about me, the more my characters are remembered,” her guiding phrase. And on love: “I believe that our ability to love others, at multiple levels and in multiple directions, is what makes us great people. But there are different types of love. The selfish one, the possessive one and the one where you don’t love yourself enough. The unconditional love, which has no expectations, is something else entirely.”



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