American theater, film and television actress. Chastain played guest roles in several television shows before making her feature film debut with the 2008 independent film Jolene. In 2011, Chastain gained wide public recognition for her starring roles in seven film releases. Her performance in The Help received rave reviews and earned her several accolades, including a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, as well as Golden Globe, BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations. In the military thriller film Zero Dark Thirty, she won the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama and received her second consecutive Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.
In 2012, Time magazine featured her as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World”. Chastain’s performances in Zero Dark Thirty and in the 2013 horror film Mama led film critic Richard Roeper to describe her as “one of the finest actors of her generation”.