Jessica Chastain is the cover star of Town & Country’s December/January issue photographed by Matthew Brookes.
On why she does not choose traditional female acting roles: “I am not one to go for traditional female roles, because I don’t think traditionally female characters are very interesting, and I don’t think they represent real life. I’m working hard to break free of stereotypes that the film industry has created and nurtured around women.”
On equal pay and what she will no longer accept: “If I’m in a situation where I have equal experience to the actor and my role is just as significant, there is no reason why I should be paid less. It’s not really part of my world anymore, because I just won’t accept it.”
On her mission to inspire young girls: “I believe that the energy you put into the world is what you get back, so I’m trying to put something positive out there, something to inspire girls and go into science, to run for office, to try to join the space program.”
On how she approaches political resistance: “I am happy to stand alongside and march for any minority to have equal rights. But I’m not into anything that incites violence, that magnifies hate, because it becomes contagious. …I try to approach my political resistance and my life with hope and love.”
On becoming the face of the new Ralph Lauren fragrance, Woman: “I’m interested in celebrating women in all of their complexities—truly authentic, self-realized women. Ralph and I both believe in the importance of empowering women, and this campaign embraces the blurred lines of gender and crushing stereotypes.”
Cover: Dress by Ralph Lauren Collection from the Fall 2017 Collection | Bracelet and Rings by Tiffany & Co.
Image 1: Dress by Givenchy from the Resort 2018 Collection | Ear Clips by Verdura | Bracelet by Van Cleef & Arpels | Ring by David Webb
Image 2: Dress by Dior from the Resort 2018 Collection | Ring by Cartier (Vintage, 1946) | Bracelet by Cartier (Vintage, 1968)
[Photo Credit: Matthew Brookes/Town & Country Magazine, vogue.com, Courtesy of Givenchy]