Jessica Chastain Says She Feels Like a "Sexual Object" When She's the Only Woman on Set

It's not easy being the only girl in a man's world.

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Jessica Chastain is no stranger to putting the spotlight on gender inequality (opens in new tab) in Hollywood. But in a new interview with Porter magazine, she gets extra personal about how inequality affects her daily life on set. 

"When you have both genders represented, then you have a healthier point of view," she told (opens in new tab) the magazine, a point that feminists humans everywhere can get behind. "You don't feel a hierarchy; you don't have anyone feeling like they are being left out or bullies or humiliated. Sometimes, being the only girl on set, you can feel like a sexual object." 

Chastain is one of many (opens in new tab)many (opens in new tab)many (opens in new tab) celebrities who have spoken out about sexism and gender inequality in Hollywood. Chastain recently teamed up with Freida Pinto, Queen Latifah, Catherine Hardwicke, and Juliette Binoche for We Do It Together, a new production company specifically focused on boosting female empowerment in films and on television. Hopefully, these Hollywood heavyweights can help change the conversation. 

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Maggie Maloney is the associate editor at Town & Country and ELLE Decor, where she covers style, beauty, jewelry, and the many members of the royal family. She also manages social media and content strategy for both brands.