Jessica Chastain Hopes 'Miss Sloane' Affects Society's Perception of Women: "We're Allowed to Be Ambitious"

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Michael Stuhlbarg and Jessica Chastain

Sam Waterston, Jake Lacy and Michael Stuhlbarg praised the titular character at a New York City screening on Saturday night.

Jessica Chastain is a fan of EuropaCorp’s post-election release date of Miss Sloane, in which she stars as a ruthless lobbyist who goes up against the gun industry.

"It's crazy how the timing of his film has worked out," Chastain told The Hollywood Reporter on Saturday night. "But this film shows a successful, powerful, overprepared, perfectionist woman — with flaws, because she's allowed those — who is working in D.C. and on an issue that isn't gender-specific. The more movies that feature parts like this, a thorny, dynamic character who doesn't have to be America’s sweetheart, I think it'll help us reimagine the role that women are supposed to take in our society. We're allowed to be ambitious and ask for a pay raise and a promotion — and in fact, we should."

The men of Miss Sloane are taking away a few qualities from the titular character. Sam Waterston appreciates “her smarts and her spine,” and Michael Stuhlbarg hopes "to not be the last one to be surprised. Make sure you know what you want and be willing to do anything to get it.” Jake Lacy admires how "she doesn't quit — that quality is something I continually need to work on. Don’t stop grinding, don’t let off the accelerator.”

Chastain, however, said she’s already set: "I already work hard and am outspoken about what I believe in. I'm no wallflower."

Director John Madden introduced the screening, presented by The Cinema Society and Piaget and held at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. The evening — attended by Dana Delany, Sebastian Stan, Edie Falco, David Muir, Brooke Shields, Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos, Michelle Collins, Diego Klattenhoff and Bobby Flay, among others — continued on the 86th floor of 432 Park.