Jessica Chastain Was Derided by Harvey Weinstein for Refusing to Wear Marchesa
She went with Versace instead.
Since Harvey Weinstein's public fall from grace last October, when he was accused of sexual harassment and misconduct by more than 50 women, a number of actresses have come forward reporting that the producer also pressured them into wearing gowns by his soon-to-be-ex-wife's fashion label, Marchesa, while attending red-carpet events for his company's films.
Felicity Huffman was one such actress who admitted last year that Weinstein actually threatened to end her career if she didn't wear a Marchesa number to the premiere of the Weinstein Co.-distributed flick Transamerica.
Another actress, however, refused to be bullied into a flowery Marchesa confection. Jessica Chastain tells The Wall Street Journal's WSJ. magazine that she got into a tiff with Weinstein after she refused to wear a Marchesa dress to the 2013 premiere of The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. According to People, she opted for a blue Versace gown instead.
Chastain reports that at a later premiere — the incident still fresh in his mind — Weinstein introduced the actress to the audience by saying, "If I had to get in a boxing ring with Muhammad Ali or Jessica Chastain, I would choose Muhammad Ali."
Kerry Washington is another actress who reportedly infuriated Weinstein when she ditched a custom Marchesa gown just hours before the 2013 Oscars in favor of a Miu Miu number. Ultimately, his tactics couldn't bring down either actress, and their successes are the sweetest revenge.