Jessica Chastain Says She Ate Banana Peels Growing Up ‘So Kids Would Notice Me’

Jessica Chastain could by no means have found her expertise for appearing if she’d been extra dedicated to her schoolwork as a baby.

The newly minted Oscar winner mirrored on her adolescent years in an interview with The Guardian revealed this week. She recalled how her residence life and general disinterest in lecturers made the success she would later obtain appear unattainable.

“I had always thought that I wasn’t an intelligent person because I did badly at school,” Chastain mentioned. “I was an obnoxious kid because I wasn’t getting appropriate attention. I would do things like eat banana peels in the lunch rooms so kids would notice me.”

Confronted with what she describes as a scarcity of parental engagement, Chastain dropped out of highschool.

“I wasn’t good with homework because I’d watch TV – soap operas – all day when I got home,” she instructed The Guardian. “When I didn’t graduate, no one even noticed. It wasn’t even a conversation of, ‘Uh, are we going to your graduation?’ Nothing.”

Chastain was raised in Sacramento, California, by her mother, Jerri, and stepfather, Michael Hastey. She was lengthy estranged from her late organic father, Michael Monasterio, who’s reportedly not listed on her start certificates. Certainly one of Chastain’s sisters, Juliet, died by suicide in 2003 at age 24.

Jessica Chastain on the 2022 Academy Awards in March.

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As for Chastain, she turned out to be a considerably eccentric truant, and finally discovered refuge in studying Shakespeare and different classical texts. When she was 15, she took a visit to the Oregon Shakespeare Competition and caught actor Marco Barricelli’s efficiency of Richard III, at which level “something opened up inside me.”

“It felt like someone understood me in a different way,” she instructed The Guardian. “It’s like you’re not being seen. Then all of a sudden, someone who was alive years ago sees you.”

After receiving her diploma as an grownup, Chastain started performing in native theater teams and finally was forged as Juliet in a manufacturing of “Romeo & Juliet.” The actor enjoying Romeo urged she apply to New York’s prestigious arts college Juilliard, which counts Viola Davis, Adam Driver and Oscar Isaac amongst its well-known alumni. At age 22, she was accepted on a scholarship funded by Robin Williams.

“It completely opened me up,” she instructed Leisure Weekly in 2015 of her expertise at Juilliard. “There are kids out there that aren’t doing well in school—and I hope they never think it means they’re stupid. It’s all about finding where your interest lies and finding what you’re good at.”

The remainder, after all, is historical past. In March, Chastain acquired an Academy Award for her portrayal of televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker in “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” co-starring Andrew Garfield. She at present stars as nation music legend Tammy Wynette within the Showtime miniseries, “George & Tammy,” and subsequent yr will seem on Broadway in a manufacturing of “A Doll’s House.”