You know, it’s recently come into focus for me why I want to be an actor: It’s because of the connection I feel to people. I met you, a total stranger, and the next day we’re husband and wife in this very serious scene in Take Shelter. There is this immediate connection, this intimacy when you’re acting because there’s no room to be polite or shy. Also, as an actor I get to connect with women I’ve never met before. After researching Rachel and reading stories from survivors of the Holocaust, I now feel this connection to these women. Celia Foote, my character in The Help, taught me so much about the joy in life and about having so much to give and nowhere to really throw it. When I leave a film, there’s this sadness that I’m not gonna know this person anymore. And then there’s also the connection you have when the audience sees it. It’s this web that connects people that’s really inspiring to me. So it’s less about what I learned on a film and more about what I got to experience on the film.
— Jessica Chastain [x]