Jessica Chastain became unrecognizable for “In the Eyes of Tammy Faye” for playing an extraordinary American television evangelist. Her metamorphosis was honored on Sunday night by the Academy Awards, which awarded her the Best Actress award.
Every day of filming, Jessica Chastain had to put on a heavy paraphernalia for this role consisting of prostheses, hairpieces and makeup to reproduce the features and striking style of Tammy Faye Bakker, a gospel singer who later became a pastor. and rights activist. . LGBT.
The 45-year-old actress has already been nominated for an Oscar twice, first for “The Color of Feelings” and then for “Zero Dark Thirty.”
She won on Sunday against four other popular stars: Penelope Cruz (“Parallel Mothers”), Kristen Stewart (“Spencer”), Nicole Kidman (“Being the Ricardos”) and Olivia Colman (“The Lost Daughter”).
“We are coming out of a difficult period, full of trauma and isolation, and many people have lost hope and feel alone,” the actress said on Sunday with her golden statuette in her hands.
The suicide “affected many families, and affected mine,” she said excitedly, referring especially to the difficulties LGBT people face.
“For any of you who feel hopeless or lonely, I just want you to know that they love you unconditionally for your uniqueness.”
The Oscar-winning film is about the life of Tammy Faye, who helped her televangelist husband Jim Bakker build a lucrative media empire before Bakker’s fall in the 1980s amid sex scandals and kidnapping convictions. background.
She had divorced and become a fierce advocate of the LGBT community, challenging the widespread homophobia of the time in religious circles, where many viewed the AIDS epidemic as a divine punishment.
– “Pioneer” –
Already awarded several Hollywood awards for this role before the Oscars, Jessica Chastain explained that she had long dreamed of playing this “pioneer.”
“He embraced those who were systematically rejected and spent decades in love with LGBT people,” he said.
The actress also produced “In the Eyes of Tammy Faye,” a project that was inspired by a documentary released in 2012 and took almost ten years to develop.
To transform into Tammy, Jessica Chastain worked closely with a team of Oscar-winning makeup artists and hairdressers who could spend up to seven hours straight inventing her.
“At first I was scared, I said,‘ How am I going to play with this? ’Because it’s like a plastic in my face,” the actress said in a January interview.
“With only my eyes visible, my voice and my body, I had to use other tricks to express myself through this mask,” he explained.
– Pushed by Al Pacino –
Jessica Chastain is known for jealously guarding details of her private life, such as her marriage in 2017 to Italian aristocrat Gian Luca Passi of Preposulo and their two children.
Born into a modest family in Northern California, the artist began dancing at the age of nine and as a teenager played Shakespeare in San Francisco theaters.
She had been seen in “Romeo and Juliet” and invited to an audition for the prestigious Juilliard School in New York, where she had been awarded a scholarship.
Even before graduating, he was offered a job in television, but his installation in Hollywood was not without its difficulties.
“When I moved to Los Angeles, it was very difficult at first. The casting directors didn’t know what to do with my appearance. I’m not blonde and brunette, or tall and thin. She looked very different.” she said.
Chastain had been noted for his talent by Al Pacino, one of his first fans to recommend him to Terrence Malick for “The Tree of Life,” which he revealed to the general public in 2011.
He gets his first Oscar nomination for “The Color of Feelings” and consolidates his star status in the process with “Zero Dark Thirty”, where he plays a CIA expert recruited to locate the leader of Al -Qaeda, Osama bin Laden.
She then expanded her palette of science fiction roles such as “Interstellar” and “Alone on Mars”, even horror films (“Crimson Peak”, “It: Chapter 2”) before being finally crowned at the Oscars. .