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Miss Sloane: Jessica Chastain reveals her acting secrets

Jessica Chastain chats about playing a character who 'shatters the stereotypes of what a woman is supposed to be' in Miss Sloane.

American actress Jessica Chastain was born Jessica Howard in Sonoma, California on March 24, 1977. Chastain grew up in a working-class family and was one of five children. Chastain attended El Camino High School in Sacramento and graduated in 1995 at the age of eighteen. While in high school, she adopted her mother's maiden name Chastain.

After leaving high school, Chastain went onto Sacramento City College.

Later, in 2003, Chastain graduated from the Juilliard School with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Over the next few months, Chastain secured small roles in multiple shows, including ER, Dark Shadows and Law & Order: Trial by Jury.

In 2008, Chastain made the transition to the big screen and starred in her first Hollywood film Jolene. Chastain won the Seattle International Film Festival Award for Best Actress.

Chastain starred in seven films during 2011 and won countless nominations and awards from the film critics. Chastain picked up several nominations and multiple awards for her roles in these films, and she had made a name for herself in Hollywood literally overnight.

She is currently filming 6 new movies, and is promoting her last two movies: political-thriller Miss Sloane and biopic The Zookeeper's Wife.

Hear what she has to say, about her acting secrets and working on complex character of Miss Elizabeth Sloane.