Quotes from Jessica Chastain

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I try not to fake anything.

I'm the unknown everyone's already sick of.

I've never been in New York for the whole time of Fashion Week.

I love being around great actors and film-makers, and I try to hide the fact that I'm in awe of them.

I'm inspired by people who are so sensitive and vulnerable that they try to cover it up.

I don't like the idea that fame could mean that people can no longer relate to me.

I always say I am a realist, and my mom says, 'No, you just have anxiety.'

When something happens, I always check myself and know it's going to go away. So be prepared for it. This is a tough business for actors who are sensitive. If you try to hold on to things, you'll go crazy.

I can't even open my eyes underwater.

Broadway has always been a dream of mine.

When I first moved to Los Angeles, I don't think anyone knew what to do with me.

I have a feeling that very soon I'm going to fail very, very big. I'm going to try something and everybody's going to be like, 'What was she thinking?'

Before, it was just about making the films - and now it's releasing them. Which is a steep learning curve.

Whatever anyone says, I think the opposite will happen.

There is this immediate connection, this intimacy when you're acting because there's no room to be polite or shy. Also, as an actor I get to connect with women I've never met before.

Okay, I'm going to let you in on a little secret: I'm a very superstitious person. I'm walking onto the plane as we speak. I'm putting my hands on the outside of the plane and my feet are on the lip of the plane. I have to do it every time before I fly.

I've spent my life being embarrassed.

I've actually been given a great gift. When I walk into an audition with a director, I'm carrying no baggage. They haven't seen me in anything, even though I've done nine films.

I think that with any emotion - fear, love, nervousness - if the actor's feeling it, then the audience feels it.