For fans of elliptical, impressionistic films that may or may not explain the meaning and/or origin of life as we know it, today’s a big day. After years of whispers, Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life is finally in theaters, and to mark the occasion, we’re putting the spotlight on its breakout star, Jessica Chastain. If you don’t quite know who she is yet, you will, especially if you read our extended profile on the 30-year-old actress. Last month, before Chastain introduced herself to the world saddled between costars Sean Penn and Brad Pitt on the Cannes red carpet, she stopped by a studio in Soho to get her picture taken by the photographer Santiago Sierra. Check out the results in this exclusive gallery.
This backlog of movies has created an aura of legend around Chastain inside her industry. “It’s getting kind of silly,” she says of her unprecedented situation. “When I walk into the first read-through of a movie, I get the feeling that everyone’s like, ‘Who is this? Show us what you’ve got.’ I’m sure they’re not actually thinking that, but I still feel like I’ve got to prove myself, because there is this idea that has been created, since I happen to have done 11 films that no one’s really seen. It’s a lot to live up to.”
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