“I’ve found that most of us puts a wall up that protects from unwanted feeling. When I decided to dedicate myself to acting I realized I needed to find a way to live without that wall. It starts with being honest. I know that sounds easy, but it actually isn’t. Try and go through a day without telling a lie, even the tiniest one. It’s tough because, what if you disagree with someone you look up to? What if you work in a restaurant and you have to wait on someone that is being rude? If you feel like screaming, you go into a back room and let yourself scream. (you don’t have to scream at your boss. you can be alone) Be honest with everything you feel. Don’t hide anything. If there’s someone you love, but you’re scared to tell - tell, or show them. Let the feeling out. Try it for an hour, and slowly start extending it, until you’re living a life filled with open honest emotion. It’s a scary way to live, but I promise you it’s worth it. It deepens your relationships and your connection to yourself. ” - Jessica Chastain (replying to a fan on her Facebook page asking how he might pursue an acting career)
On being asked if she is a feminist (in light of stars such as Shailene Woodley, Lady Gaga, and Kelly Clarkson rejecting the label): “I don’t think they really understood what feminism is. It’s a right. Feminism, to me, is standing up for everything that someone else has already done for you. My mom has overcome so much in her life. She makes me want to stand up for myself. Stand up to the studio heads who try to tell me that I can’t have blonde hair; they want brown hair. Or I need bigger boobs, or I need to work out. Or I’m too skinny, so, like, ‘Eat a cheeseburger.’ I stand up for myself every day of my life. I grew up in a family of four boys. I’m, like, a born feminist. I’ve been a feminist since I was four years old.” - Chloe Grace Moretz
Your mother’s dead. Before long I’ll be dead, and you and your brother and your sister and all of her children, all of us dead, all of us rotting underground. It’s the family name that lives on. It’s all that lives on. Not your personal glory, not your honour… but family. You understand?
[on expanding her career to become a film director] It is more satisfying. You are more of a participant in the conception. I like having control. I think I have the capability. I’m a storyteller and an artist and I love what I do. So I want to be part of it more and not just show up and say my lines.