Jessica Chastain: 'I want to do it all'
FILE - This undated publicity film image provided by Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. shows Jessica Chastain playing a member of the elite team of spies and military operatives stationed in a covert base overseas who secretly devoted themselves to finding Osama Bin Laden in Columbia Pictures' gripping new thriller directed by Kathryn Bigelow, "Zero Dark Thirty." (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc., Jonathan Olley, File)
NEW YORK (AP) — "I want to do everything!"
Jessica Chastain is getting animated. Even though she's managed to pack more films into an 18-month period than would seem physically possible and will, on this day, finish an afternoon of press interviews with an evening performance of "The Heiress" on Broadway, she's not lacking energy.
"I want to do crazy villains in comic book movies with accents and scars!" she continues, shining with childlike enthusiasm. "I want to do it all. I think I have to calm down and be like: You don't have to do it all, right now. Hopefully, you'll be around for a few years."
Sticking around is at this point assured for Chastain who last year emerged as an actress of seemingly limitless range, with throwback beauty and the subtlety of a chameleon. Due to various distribution delays, her talent was laid out all at once — her "reel," she calls it — in widely varied performances in "The Tree of Life," ''Take Shelter," ''The Help," ''Coriolanus," ''The Debt" and "Texas Killing Fields."
She hasn't let up. Along with the bootlegging crime film "Lawless," a voice role in "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted," and her currently running Broadway debut, Chastain is now starring in one of the most anticipated movies of the year: Kathryn Bigelow's docudrama of the hunt for Osama bin Laden, "Zero Dark Thirty."
FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 10, 2012 file photo, actress Jessica Chastain arrives at the premiere of the feature film "Zero Dark Thirty" at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Chastain stars as a dogged CIA officer in “Zero Dark Thirty,” a performance that has already earned her best actress nominations from the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild. After a glut of films starring Chastain were released in 2011, the actress says: “I never think about what’s next. I always just think: “What haven’t I done yet?” (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP, File)
"I never think about what's next," she says. "I always just think: What haven't I done yet?"
"Zero Dark Thirty" easily qualified. In it, she plays a dogged, obsessed CIA officer tracking bin Laden in a decade-long search that leads from torturing detainees to intrepid detective work and finally to relentless advocacy for the Pakistan raid that would kill bin Laden.
The performance has already earned Chastain best actress nominations from the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild, and she's widely expected to land her second Oscar nomination in two years (following one for "The Help," an honor she glowingly recalls as "crazy town").