Jessica Chastain Plays 'Pop Quiz'

The star of Marie Claire's Holiday Issue reveals the last book she read, her guilty pleasure on TV, her most star-struck moment, and more.

Jessica Chastain has been on a roll through Hollywood and beyond, with no plans to slow down. Just this year, she starred opposite Eddie Redmayne in Netflix's The Good Nurse, announced her headlining role in Broadway's A Doll's House, and released her latest project, George & Tammy, on Showtime. For Chastain, who is Marie Claire's Holiday Issue cover star, acting and producing (she founded the production company Freckle Films in 2017) is her way of telling women's stories.

"I use my job to try to celebrate women, but also celebrate women as human beings. Which means, yes, I can play characters that are flawed and do terrible things sometimes," she tells Marie Claire. "It's like my job is to constantly remind society that women are human beings."

Chastain's passion for women is visible in her episode of Pop Quiz, where we ask our cover stars to answer questions about themselves. During the game, Chastain revealed  she's a fan of Joan Didion's Slouching Towards Bethlehem, her guilty pleasure on TV is The Real Housewives, and the one thing women should try at least once in their lives: "Everything!" 

Another topic she didn't shy away from? Her most star-struck moment. While chatting up Anne Hathaway (as one does), Chastain turned around and came face-to-face with the Oprah Winfrey, and her reaction was so relatable. "I try to avoid her now because I really embarrassed myself," Chastain admits. "I looked at her and started crying and I think I said, as I was crying, 'You raised me,' which is probably an uncomfortable thing for a stranger to tell you." 

Watch Chastain in Pop Quiz, above, then check out our Holiday cover story and full digital issue here.

Brooke Knappenberger
Associate Commerce Editor

Brooke Knappenberger is the Associate Commerce Editor at Marie Claire, where she specializes in crafting shopping stories—from sales content to buying guides that span every vertical on the site. She also oversees holiday coverage with an emphasis on gifting guides as well as Power Pick, our monthly column on the items that power the lives of MC’s editors. She also tackled shopping content as Marie Claire's Editorial Fellow prior to her role as Associate Commerce Editor.

She has over three years of experience writing on fashion, beauty, and entertainment and her work has appeared on Looper, NickiSwift, The Sun US, and Vox Magazine of Columbia, Missouri. Brooke obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism with an emphasis on Magazine Editing and has a minor in Textile and Apparel Management.