Jessica Chastain loves to portray women fighting for their lives on screen. Apparently, her television and movie performances are similar to real life.
During an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Chastain revealed her dark past of struggling to make ends meet in her single mother household.
Jessica said she and her mother “moved quite a bit” and at one point, were evicted. She remembers living at the home’s of her mother’s friends sometimes.
According to Molly’s Game star, whenever a man came into the household, it led to a “sense of financial upheaval.” Chastain said that there was a moment one time where her mother’s boyfriend slapped her during an argument about her clothing.
She said, “I was telling him to give me back my stuff, and he slapped me.” In response, she kicked him in the genitals. From this experience, she learned that she was capable of “fighting back.”
Chastain claimed she learned bullies “are weak,” because they never go after strong people, only people they think they can boss around.
Since then, Jessica has become a champion for women’s rights on many fronts. She is tremendously vocal for equal rights in the home, in the workforce, and in life, in general.
Chastain has supported the “Time’s Up” movement since its inception and claims to have refused to take lower pay than her male counterparts.
Chastain said she and other women “need to look at themselves” and wonder what can be done to contribute to their collective situation. She claims to become accustomed to “inequality” is no longer good enough for any women in society. Women, collectively, need to work together to make society more equal.