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Jessica Chastain is inspiring her daughter to expand her horizons: 'You can be more than one thing'

Chastain said, 'Like, I am so many things, so you can be whatever you want. You can be the president. You can be a ballerina. You can be a mama.'

Jessica Chastain is inspiring her daughter to expand her horizons: 'You can be more than one thing'
Cover Image Source: Jessica Chastain attends the 75th Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall - Getty Images | Dia Dipasupil

Jessica Chastain usually keeps her family life private. But she understands that some stories need to be shared and one of those is the conversation that she had with her daughter. Like every parent, she asked her daughter what does she want to be once she grows up. Chastain said, "… And she was like, ‘I want to be a mama.' And I was like, ‘That’s a great thing to be. But you know, you can be more than one thing.’”

They came as a surprise for Chastian's 4-year-old daughter. The child did not know that she had more than one option. Chastain continued, “I said, ‘Well, look at me, honey. I’m a mama. I’m an actress. I’m a producer. I’m a business owner. I’m a friend. I’m a cook." “I started listing all these things. Like, I am so many things, so you can be whatever you want. You can be the president. You can be a ballerina. You can be a mama. And it was so shocking for her to hear all of this,” as reported by TODAY.

Chastain produced and acted in the movie, "The 335." She had a special trailer on set that was exclusively for children. She said that for the "longest time" a woman had to be "either a career woman or you're home." She said that "there's no such thing. "Men have been able to do both for years. Let's just make it possible for everyone," said Chastain.

Getty Images | Mike Coppola
Getty Images | Mike Coppola

 

She has two children with her husband, a fashion executive, and Italian noble Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo. They got married in June 2017. There is not much known about their relationship and Chastian prefers to keep it that way. She said in 2014, “I don’t have a lifestyle website. I’m not interested in the fame of being a personality.” She added,  “Some people are, and they love it, and that’s great for them.”



 

 

While producing "The 355," Chastian made sure that all her female co-stars were equally and fairly compensated. She has apparently done this for her previous projects as well. "I think when there's a lot of secrets, that's when things happen that aren't healthy or beneficial for us, so I think the more we can talk about things and the more that, actually, we can be in charge, that really shapes a lot of what we create and also what we put out into the world," said Chastain, according to Entertainment Tonight.

Moreover, the actresses are also owners of the film. She said, "We raised the money independently. We made it without a studio, without a studio system and we made it for a fraction of what a film like this would normally cost, so it was really exciting to bring this into the world in that way."



 

 

Chastain also said that she participates in projects which are fair and that create an environment that doesn't make a woman choose between her career and being a mom. She said, "I also wanna participate in projects where everyone feels empowered and valued and important to the process, and so that goes to pay, that goes to the fact that I love bringing families on set," Chastain shared.

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