Jessica Chastain Reveals Gal Gadot's Advice for 'SNL' Hosting Debut

The actress also recalled a past awkward encounter with Oprah Winfrey to Jimmy Fallon on 'The Tonight Show' Thursday night.
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Set to make her hosting debut on Saturday Night Live this week, Jessica Chastain revealed to Jimmy Fallon on Thursday night's Tonight Show how nervous she is.

“I am so nervous,” the actress said of her upcoming debut, also explaining that she couldn’t enunciate her name while filming the promo. “Yeah, so we’ll see how Saturday goes,” the actress joked. Though Chastain is new to the SNL stage, the actress revealed that she has friends who have hosted the show before, including Sam Rockwell, Gal Gadot and Amy Schumer.

“Gal said that it should be fine for me because English is my first language,” the actress joked of the Wonder Woman star’s advice. Meanwhile, Schumer informed her, “Just make sure you play everything super-serious, like your life depends on it.” Chastain then revealed the subtle advice Rockwell offered which was simply to drink water and “stay hydrated.”

Chastain also recalled a past, nerve-wracking experience meeting Oprah Winfrey, which she describes as not having gone well. 

“Because I started crying… I’m such a loser,” the actress said, further recalling the humorous encounter. “I just started crying and I said, ‘You raised me.'" After Fallon asked whether the actress was still able to continue speaking with Winfrey, Chastain said, “I kind of blacked out after that moment.”

Though Winfrey and Chastain haven't run into each other again, the camera did cut to Winfrey after the actress gave her speech at the Critics’ Choice Awards. Chastain explained that Winfrey was seen mouthing the word “wow” after her speech. “I don’t know if it was a good wow or a bad wow. … She knows I exist.”

Later in the show, Chastain and Fallon played a game in which they recited film scenes, but swapped gender roles as a way to acknowledge the purpose of the Time’s Up initiative, of which Chastain is a part.

The first film scene was from a romantic comedy where Chastain’s male dialogue became the main focus, leaving Fallon left to say minimal words.

“I barely got to speak there, but I tried,” the late-night host joked afterward. The pair then acted out an action scene, where Fallon had no dialogue once again. “I didn’t get to speak at all in that one,” Fallon said, to which Chastain pointed out, “There you go.”  Fallon was able to read more lines while acting out a sci-fi film. 

Set to make her hosting debut to the Saturday Night Live stage later this week, Jessica Chastain revealed to Jimmy Fallon how nervous she was for the anticipated day.

“I am so nervous,” the actress said of her upcoming debut, also explaining that she couldn’t say her name when filming the promo. “Yeah, so we’ll see how Saturday goes,” the actress joked.

Though Chastain is new to the SNL stage, the actress explained that she has friends who have hosted the show before including, Sam Rockwell, Gal Gadot and Amy Schumer.

“Gal said that it should be fine for me, because English is my first language,” the actress joked of the Wonder Woman star’s advice. Meanwhile Schumer informed her, “Just make sure you play everything super-serious, like your life depends on it.” Chastain then revealed the subtle advice Rockwell offered which was simply to drink water “stay hydrated.”

Though nervous to step into hosting shoes, Chastain also recalled her nerve-wracking experience meeting Oprah Winfrey, which she describes as not going well.

“Because I started crying… I’m such a loser,” the actress said, further recalling the comical encounter she shared with Winfrey. “I just started crying and I said, ‘You raised me.” After Fallon jokingly asked whether the actress was still able to continue speaking with Winfrey, Chastain said, “I kind of blacked out after that moment.”

Though she hadn’t had any other encounter with Winfrey, Chastain recalled the moment the camera cut to Winfrey after the actress gave her speech at the Critics’ Choice Awards. Chastain explained that Winfrey was seen mouthing the word “wow” after her speech. “I don’t know if it was a good wow or a bad wow… She knows I exist.”

Later in the show, Chastain and Fallon played a game where they recited film scenes, but swapped gender roles as a way to acknowledge the purpose of the Time’s Up initiative, to which Chastain is a part of.

The first film scene was from a romantic comedy where Chastain’s male dialogue became the main focus, leaving Fallon left to say minimal words.

“I barely got to speak there, but I tried,” the late-night host joked afterward. The pair then acted out an action scene, where Fallon had no dialogue once again. “I didn’t get to speak at all in that one,” Fallon said, to which Chastain pointed out, “There you go.”  Fallon was able to read more lines while acting out a sci-fi film. 

Set to make her hosting debut to the Saturday Night Live stage later this week, Jessica Chastain revealed to Jimmy Fallon how nervous she was for the anticipated day.

“I am so nervous,” the actress said of her upcoming debut, also explaining that she couldn’t say her name when filming the promo. “Yeah, so we’ll see how Saturday goes,” the actress joked.

Though Chastain is new to the SNL stage, the actress explained that she has friends who have hosted the show before including, Sam Rockwell, Gal Gadot and Amy Schumer.

“Gal said that it should be fine for me, because English is my first language,” the actress joked of the Wonder Woman star’s advice. Meanwhile Schumer informed her, “Just make sure you play everything super-serious, like your life depends on it.” Chastain then revealed the subtle advice Rockwell offered which was simply to drink water “stay hydrated.”

Though nervous to step into hosting shoes, Chastain also recalled her nerve-wracking experience meeting Oprah Winfrey, which she describes as not going well.

“Because I started crying… I’m such a loser,” the actress said, further recalling the comical encounter she shared with Winfrey. “I just started crying and I said, ‘You raised me.” After Fallon jokingly asked whether the actress was still able to continue speaking with Winfrey, Chastain said, “I kind of blacked out after that moment.”

Though she hadn’t had any other encounter with Winfrey, Chastain recalled the moment the camera cut to Winfrey after the actress gave her speech at the Critics’ Choice Awards. Chastain explained that Winfrey was seen mouthing the word “wow” after her speech. “I don’t know if it was a good wow or a bad wow… She knows I exist.”

Later in the show, Chastain and Fallon played a game where they recited film scenes, but swapped gender roles as a way to acknowledge the purpose of the Time’s Up initiative, to which Chastain is a part of.

The first film scene was from a romantic comedy where Chastain’s male dialogue became the main focus, leaving Fallon left to say minimal words.

“I barely got to speak there, but I tried,” the late-night host joked afterward. The pair then acted out an action scene, where Fallon had no dialogue once again. “I didn’t get to speak at all in that one,” Fallon said, to which Chastain pointed out, “There you go.”  Fallon was able to read more lines while acting out a sci-fi film. 

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