Jessica Chastain off to roaring start in Hollywood

Fri May 27, 2011 6:07am EDT
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Jessica Chastain is worried that she might be the first unknown actress everyone will get sick of.

The 30-year-old redhead plays Brad Pitt's wife in filmmaker Terrence Malick's "Tree of Life" which was awarded the top prize at the Cannes film festival last week.

The movie, a meditation on life set against the background of a Midwestern family in the 1950s that also stars Sean Penn, arrives in select U.S. movie theaters on Friday.

But that's not the only film the newcomer has on her resume, nor the only A-list actors and directors who want to work with her.

Later this summer Chastain stars in the drama "The Help," based on Kathryn Stockett's best-selling novel; "The Debt," an espionage drama starring Oscar-winner Helen Mirren; and the crime drama "The Fields" opposite Sam Worthington.

Two more of her films are scheduled to come out this fall -- one opposite Al Pacino -- and still others in 2012.

"I've made 11 films, nine are (waiting for release), Chastain told Reuters in an interview. "I'm a little worried that people will get sick of me. But because the characters are so different in each film, hopefully they won't."

Blame it on Malick, the semi-reclusive but revered filmmaker who gave Chastain her big break in "Tree of Life." Though the director's films -- including "Badlands" and "The Thin Red Line" -- are hardly commercial hits, the critical acclaim they engender makes Hollywood sit up and take notice.   Continued...

<p>Actress Jessica Chastain, who stars in the movie "The Tree of Life", poses for a portrait in Los Angeles in this May 24, 2011 file photograph. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/Files</p>