Jessica Chastain's Miss Sloane hopes

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 6 December 2016
Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain hopes her new movie 'Miss Sloane', in which she plays the titular character, helps people to realise women are "allowed to be ambitious"

Jessica Chastain hopes 'Miss Sloane' helps people realise women are "allowed to be ambitious".

The 39-year-old actress stars as the titular Elizabeth Sloane - a ruthless lobbyist who goes up against the gun industry - in the recently released thriller movie, and has said the feature should "help us reimagine" the role of women in society, and push America toward a world where women aren't afraid to "ask for a pay rise and a promotion".

She told The Hollywood Reporter: "It's crazy how the timing of his film has worked out.

"But this film shows a successful, powerful, over-prepared, perfectionist woman - with flaws, because she's allowed those - who is working in D.C. and on an issue that isn't gender-specific.

"The more movies that feature parts like this, a thorny, dynamic character who doesn't have to be America's sweetheart, I think it'll help us reimagine the role that women are supposed to take in our society.

"We're allowed to be ambitious and ask for a pay raise and a promotion - and in fact, we should."

And Jessica believes she isn't too far from her powerful character already, as she's already "outspoken" and wouldn't consider herself to be a "wallflower".

She added: "I already work hard and am outspoken about what I believe in. I'm no wallflower."

Some of the actors involved in the making of 'Miss Sloane' have also been able to take tips from the leading role.

Jack Lacy - who plays Forde - said: "[I admire how] she doesn't quit - that quality is something I continually need to work on. Don't stop grinding, don't let off the accelerator."

Michael Stuhlbarg - who portrays Pat Connors in the film - said: "[I've learned] to not be the last one to be surprised. Make sure you know what you want and be willing to do anything to get it."

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