<pIn an interview with Haute Living, the actress spoke about her positive experience working with a predominantly female cast in her latest film, The Zookeeper’s Wife, and shot down the stereotype that women do not work well together.
“There has been a stigma out there that women don’t work well together. I’ve never seen women like this. I remember growing up hearing this myth, that women fight when they’re together and it’s completely inaccurate. I’ve never seen it,” Chastain said.
The conversation reminded the actress of rumors that she was in a feud around the 2013 Oscars, when the two were both nominated for best actress – Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook and Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty. The award ultimately went to Lawrence.
“I know also during Oscar season media, because they were trying to get headlines and get clicks, were trying to fabricate a fake rivalry between Jennifer Lawrence and myself and I immediately came out and said this is a media myth that has to stop,” she explained.
“The women I know are not like this and I cheer for women to succeed because I know when an actress succeeds that means there’s going to be that many more roles for women because an audience is going to demand it,” she said.
Chastain also noted that she is a fan of Lawrence’s 2015 “Why Do I Make Less Than My Male Co-Stars?” op-ed for Lenny Letter. “It was incredible. I loved her op-ed … and I was really disappointed after she wrote it that she got criticism,” Chastain said.
“Sometimes people have that attitude where, ‘You’re an actress making a lot of money, how dare you complain?’ We’ve kind of been programmed to be grateful that we’ve gotten this job, so don’t rock the boat. I don’t think that’s fair. Jennifer Lawrence coming out and saying that was really important.”
Chastain’s latest film, The Zookeeper’s Wife opens later this year.