Jes­sica Chas­tain

The star of tells Han­nah Nathanson about Os­car night and play­ing the ukulele at Clar­idge’s

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You were up for an Os­car along­side your co-star Oc­tavia Spencer for The Help, was that a bit awk­ward? It would have been awk­ward if I was set on win­ning but I wasn’t. A year ago it was ‘ Jes­sica Chas­tain who?’ and now it’s ‘Os­car-nom­i­nated Jes­sica Chas­tain’. I can’t help but smile say­ing that. You walked down the red car­pet for the Cannes pre­miere of The Tree of Life hold­ing Brad Pitt and Sean Penn’s hands, whose idea was that? In the car on the way to the red car­pet I was so ner­vous, I was shak­ing and cry­ing. When I got there and saw Sean and Brad, who’d done it a mil­lion times, they told me to grab their hands. They are classact gen­tle­men. Did you know the film would be di­vi­sive when you were mak­ing it? I wasn’t sur­prised that there were mixed feel­ings about it but for me that’s a good sign. When you get those ex­treme re­ac­tions, you know it’s mak­ing an im­pact. Have you man­aged to fit in any theatre when you’ve been in London? I saw Ben Whishaw in a play called Cock at the Royal Court a cou­ple of years ago. When I got home peo­ple would ask me, ‘What did you see in London?’ and I would have to say, ‘I saw Cock.’ It made me blush ev­ery time. Is it true that you play the ukulele? I’m scared that I’ll be on a talk show and David Let­ter­man is go­ing to whip out a ukulele and make me play, so I’m go­ing to put it out there: I’m not that good. Have you brought it to London? Yes, it’s in my room. I nearly got into trou­ble at Clar­idge’s the other night; I was jet-lagged so at 4am I pulled out my ukulele and started strum­ming. Sud­denly, there was a loud bang­ing on my door. I was too scared to open it, so I called re­cep­tion to as­sure them that I had stopped. What do you miss when you’re trav­el­ling? I miss my dog, a mutt called Chap­lin. I live in Venice Beach in LA so when I’m at home I wake up, he looks at me, I get a cup of tea and we go for a walk by the ocean. It’s my favourite thing to do. Do you surf? No. I’m re­ally afraid of the ocean. I love to look at it and I love to be on boats but I never re­ally learned how to swim. The Help is avail­able to own on Blu-ray and DVD from Mon­day. Take Shel­ter is re­leased on Blu-ray/ DVD on 19 March

‘ON THE RED CAR­PET I WAS SO NER­VOUS, SEAN AND BRAD TOLD ME TO GRAB THEIR

HANDS’

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