Jessica Chastain Worried Weinstein Opinions Could Hurt Her Career
In an interview with The New York Times, the ‘Molly’s Game’ actress said she was afraid she'd face consequences for her outspoken stance on the recent wave of sexual harassment and assault allegations.
Speaking with The New York Times about her Golden Globe nomination, Jessica Chastain revealed she was worried that her career would be hurt after she spoke out against the many alleged harassers and assaulters in the entertainment industry that have been exposed in recent weeks.
"To be honest, I'm mainly surprised about my nomination,” Chastain told the Times after receiving a best actress nom Monday for her role in Molly’s Game. The actress has taken a strong stand on Twitter ever since the first allegations against disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein were reported by the Times more than two months ago.
"As an actor, I have a lot of fear, thinking that if I speak my mind, or something that feels like it deviates from the norm as a woman, am I going to be made to disappear in my industry?" Chastain said, adding that she questioned whether she would be responsible for “destroying” her career.
“When the article came out about Weinstein, I immediately started tweeting," she continued. "I’ve got a good group of girlfriends on WhatsApp, and I said, ‘I’m really terrified I’m destroying my career right now. I wonder if people will still see me as an actress and want to work with knowing I have these opinions.'”
Chastain credits her friends for helping her stay strong and embrace the powerful influence she can have by speaking her mind. “In the way that only good girlfriends can do, they helped me eliminate fear and understand that the only way to change something that's wrong is to change it, not ignore it,” she said. “And rather than saying it’s an industry-wide issue, it’s more than that. It's a society-wide issue. We can't ignore farmworkers or women who have been invisible."
The actress explained that she sees a “new world” in wake of sexual harassment and misconduct claims made against some of Hollywood’s notable figures.
“We’ve been since birth in a society that makes us feel like we’re easily replaceable, that we need to be grateful for any work, and grateful for what we have," said Chastain. "But what that does is it limit our acknowledgment of the power we have, especially when we work together. It’s like what Margaret Mead said. 'Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.' And that’s what we’re doing.”