Jessica Chastain opens up about her emotional Oscars acceptance speech after the infamous slap


Jessica Chastain opens up about her emotional Oscars acceptance speech after the infamous slap: ‘I was trying to figure out how to just breathe and create a calmness’

Jessica Chastain has opened up about delivering her acceptance speech at the Academy Awards just moments after the infamous slap. 

In an interview with Porter, the Oscar winner, 45,  shared some insight into her speech, after winning the Best Actress award for her portrayal of televangelist turned gay rights advocate Tammy Faye Bakker in The Eyes of Tammy Faye.

Jessica’s name was called shortly after Will Smith hit host Chris Rock in one of the most jaw-dropping moments in TV history. 

Opening up: Jessica Chastain, 45, is opening up about her emotional Oscars speech after winning the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Tammy Faye Bakker in The Eyes of Tammy Faye

Opening up: Jessica Chastain, 45, is opening up about her emotional Oscars speech after winning the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Tammy Faye Bakker in The Eyes of Tammy Faye

‘It was a weird night,’ she said, ‘I walked into a very charged energy in that room, and I was trying to figure out… how to just breathe and create a calmness.’

When she took the microphone, the still shocked actress spoke about love and acceptance. 

‘Right now we are coming out of some difficult times that have been filled with a lot of trauma and isolation,’ she said, ‘So many people out there feel hopelessness and they feel alone. Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States. It’s touched many families. It’s touched mine.’ 

Projects: In choosing projects, the A-list actress asks herself, 'What am I putting out into the world?'

Projects: In choosing projects, the A-list actress asks herself, ‘What am I putting out into the world?’ 

The actress lost her sister, Juliet, to suicide at the age of 24 in 2003. 

She also spoke out about how suicide affects the LGBTQ community.  It is the second leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 13 and 24, and it’s estimated the rate of attempted suicide in the LGBTQ community is four times higher than for cisgender young people. 

‘We’re faced with discriminatory and bigoted legislation that is sweeping our country with the only goal of further dividing us. There’s violence and hate crimes being perpetuated on innocent civilians all over the world.’ 

Division: The Molly's Game actress used her acceptance speech to call out 'discriminatory and bigoted legislation (against the LGBTQ community) that is sweeping our country with the only goal of further dividing us'

 Division: The Molly’s Game actress used her acceptance speech to call out ‘discriminatory and bigoted legislation (against the LGBTQ community) that is sweeping our country with the only goal of further dividing us’

Emotional: Looking back at the speech she recalled, 'there were moments where I started to get emotional so I pulled it back, but I had an idea of what I wanted to use that global platform to create if I got up there'

Emotional: Looking back at the speech she recalled, ‘there were moments where I started to get emotional so I pulled it back, but I had an idea of what I wanted to use that global platform to create if I got up there’ 

‘We’ve talked about love a lot tonight… I see it as a guiding principle that leads us forward. It connects us all and the desire that we want to be accepted for who we are, accepted for who we love, and to live a life without the fear of violence or terror.’

In looking back at her emotional speech, the Scenes from a Marriage star admitted, ‘I didn’t know everything I was going to say and there were moments where I started to get emotional so I pulled it back, but I had an idea of what I wanted to use that global platform to create if I got up there.’

The Help actress is notoriously private about her personal life, but she has seen the benefit of putting some information out on social media and has hired a team to help curate her messages. 

Privacy: The Help actress is private about her personal life, but she has seen the benefit of social media and has hired a team to help curate her messages

Privacy: The Help actress is private about her personal life, but she has seen the benefit of social media and has hired a team to help curate her messages

Growth: Regarding her participation in social media, Jessica explained, 'I don’t want to publicly create a record of my personal life that then doesn’t allow itself to grow and evolve and change'

Growth: Regarding her participation in social media, Jessica explained, ‘I don’t want to publicly create a record of my personal life that then doesn’t allow itself to grow and evolve and change’

‘I don’t want to publicly create a record of my personal life that then doesn’t allow itself to grow and evolve and change.’

‘I have a lot of empathy for people, and for teenagers, who are supposed to make mistakes – and that’s how we grow – but now there’s always going to be a record of it.’ 

The A-list actress and producer explained she knew from an early age that performing was going to be her profession. 

Career:  The A-list actress and producer said she knew she wanted to be an actress since childhood, after her grandmother took her to a play and she understood 'acting was a job'

Career:  The A-list actress and producer said she knew she wanted to be an actress since childhood, after her grandmother took her to a play and she understood ‘acting was a job’

‘Once I understood that acting was a job, it was clear to me that it was job. I was seven; my grandma took me to a play and she said, “These are professional actors; this is what they do.” I was like, “Oh, this is me – easy.”‘

The 355 actress founded her own production company, Freckle Films, in 2016 which gives her a lot more say in the kinds of films she wants to make.  She is serving as a star and producer for her latest project, the psychological thriller Mother’s Instinct, with fellow Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway, 39. 

The busy wife and mother has been looking forward to a summer of vacationing and reconnecting with her husband, Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo, 40, and kids Guilietta, four and Augustus, two, but it will also be a summer of advocacy. 

Choices: The versatile artist founded her own production company, Freckle Films, in 2016 to allow her to create the kinds of projects she wanted to make

Choices: The versatile artist founded her own production company, Freckle Films, in 2016 to allow her to create the kinds of projects she wanted to make

Mother's Instinct: Jessica is currently working as an actress and producer on the psychological thriller Mother's Instinct with Anne Hathaway, 39

Mother’s Instinct: Jessica is currently working as an actress and producer on the psychological thriller Mother’s Instinct with Anne Hathaway, 39

Advocacy: The busy star planned to spend downtime with her husband and two children this summer. She has also used social media to decry the recent SCOTUS decision to overturn Roe v Wade

Advocacy: The busy star planned to spend downtime with her husband and two children this summer. She has also used social media to decry the recent SCOTUS decision to overturn Roe v Wade

Jessica shared video from a speech she gave supporting Planned Parenthood, which provides free and low cost healthcare, including birth control, mammograms and abortions for low income families.

‘As the daughter of a single mother in a low income household, I am indebted to the organization. As I grew up, they made financially possible and accessible for me to educate myself and to make decisions regarding my health and my future.’ 

Writing on Instagram she called out the opposite sex to do their part, ‘ It’s time for men to really show up. You’re not an ally if you’re waiting for the women in your life to tell you to fight for her rights.’

Slap: Jessica's name was announced as the winner for Best Actress shortly after the infamous slap between Will Smith and host Chris Rock

Slap: Jessica’s name was announced as the winner for Best Actress shortly after the infamous slap between Will Smith and host Chris Rock

Calm: Weird night: On giving her acceptance speech after the notorious incident, The 355 actress recalled, 'It was a weird night... I was trying to figure out… how to just breathe and create a calmness'

Calm: Weird night: On giving her acceptance speech after the notorious incident, The 355 actress recalled, ‘It was a weird night… I was trying to figure out… how to just breathe and create a calmness’

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