Oscar-nominated actress Jessica Chastain had a proclivity for the performing arts from an early age. Skipping classes to read Shakespeare and considering oneself as a misfit, Chastain once exclaimed that she believed she could do everything better than anyone else.
However, as a student of Juilliard School, Chastain often felt the surge of anxiety and had extremely low self-esteem. Nevertheless, participating in a successful production of The Seagull in the second year helped her build confidence, and shortly after graduation, she relocated to Los Angeles to find better opportunities.
Though it wasn't until 2011 that Chastain finally received the recognition she deserves, she is glad to enjoy the perks of being a 'late bloomer.' Today, she is at the very top of her acting career and has been part of numerous box office successes.
As of 2020, Jessica Chastain's net worth is estimated to be around $40 million. The fortune comes from her successful career as an actress and producer.
Chastain has been active in the entertainment industry since 2004; however, around this time, she mostly had guest roles in television shows, including ER, Close to Home, Veronica Mars, and Law & Order: Trial by Jury.
With some occasional roles in television, Chastain also worked in stage productions as The Cherry Orchard, Rodney's Wife, and Salome.
Though Chastain had been working in television shows for quite a while, she made her film debut in 2008 with the Dolly Parton's song inspired movie Jolene.
Jessica's breakthrough year went on to 2011, which is also considered her prolific year, appearing in six movies and garnering critics and audience praise for performing in each one of them with great finesse. Jessica's box office hit movies are listed below:
|The Debt||$45.6 million|
|Take Shelter||$5 million|
|The Tree of Life||$61.7 million|
|The Help||$216.6 million|
|Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted||$746.9 million|
|Zero Dark Thirty||$132.8 million|
|The Martian||$630.2 million|
|Crimson Peak||$74.7 million|
|The Huntsman: Winter's War||$165 million|
|The Zookeeper's Wife||$26.2 million|
|Molly's Game||$59.3 million|
|Dark Phoenix||$252.4 million|
|It Chapter Two||$473.1 million|
The 43 years old actress has been working on four movies as of now, among which she is also the producer of three of them: 355, Ava Film, and The Eyes of Tammy Faye.
Jessica Chastain, as a novice in the entertainment industry, received a salary of $35,000 from the Dark Shadows, $25,000 from Veronica Mars, and $20,000 from ER. This makes earning $80,000 from the three television shows before a film debut.
Chastain's salary in 2008 for Jolene as the titular character was $150,000, while for the supporting cast in movie Stolen, she received $20,000. In 2010, Jessica had an episodic role in British television series Agatha Christie's Poirot, for which she was paid $35,000.
Jessica made $990,000 in 2011 after appearing in six movies in the year. Next year, the 43 years old actress appeared in blockbuster hits as Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted and Zero Dark Thirty making $2,630,000 a year.
The 43 years old actress who appeared in successful movies helped her earn $5,750,000 in 2014. Chastain's salary for her performance as Ridley Scott in The Martian and as Guillermo del Toro in Crimson Peak was $3,500,000.
In 2016, she received a salary of $3,400,000 working in two films in the year: The Huntsman: Winter's War and Miss Sloane. Following year, Jessica appeared in 4 movies making $8,500,000, but the amount doesn't include the residuals Chastain made as an executive producer in two of the movies.
Jessica Chastain was paid $2,500,000 to play as Beverly Marsh in It Chapter 2 and will receive $1,750,000 to portray the country singer Tammy Wynette in the biopic George and Tammy, according to The Richest.
Chastain became the global ambassador of Piaget SA, a Swiss luxury watchmaker, and jeweler in 2015. Two years later, she became the face of Ralph Lauren's fragrance campaign, named Woman. She has also endorsed Yves Saint Laurent fragrance called Manifesto.
Chastain bought a 6,608 square feet townhouse in New York City’s Upper West Side for $8.875 million. She scored a multimillion-dollar discount for this historic Manhattan Townhouse.
The grandiose Renaissance Revival-style house blended with a Gothic and Romanesque architecture had been on the market for over two years, asking a $12.5 million in 2017, then dropping to $11.5 million in early 2019.
The It Chapter Two actress owns a 3,200 square feet nine-room apartment in New York City, which she bought for $5.1 million. The apartment has three proper bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, four exposures, five fireplaces with high 14-foot ceilings. According to Variety, the maintenance charges per month can go beyond $4,957.
In 2016, Chastain listed her lower Manhattan duplex apartment for rent at $11,500/month before re-listing it for sale for $1.8 million in April. She had bought the apartment in September 2012 for $1.2 million. The actress received nearly 6 percent more than the list price, selling the apartment for $1.9 million.
Jessica is an investor in a meat substitute company called Beyond Meat. The company's product is offered at various restaurants, including Yard House, KFC, BurgerFi, Subway, Del Taco, TGI Fridays, Disney World, Veggie Grill, Courtyard by Marriott, and Taco del Mar.
It is currently available in 50 countries as Australia, Germany, the UK, Israel, Canada, Chile, Korea, Mexico, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, with plans of further expansion.
Its revenue in 2017 was $33 million and $87.9 million in 2018. The company also had the best U.S. IPO in 2019.
Jessica is the daughter of Jerri Renee Hastey and rock musician Michael Monasterio. Her step-father, Michael Hastey, is a fire-fighter. Jessica considers Hastey as her real-father since she has remained estranged from her biological father all her life.
She has four siblings; brother, Will Chastain, and three sisters: Juliet Chastain, Nicole Monasterio, and Laci Smoot. Juliet passed away in 2003 following years of drug addiction.
Chastain currently resides in New York City with her husband, Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo. The couple started dating in 2012 and have kept an extremely low-profile about their relationship. Gian is an Italian aristocrat and works as an executive for the fashion brand, Moncler.
Chastain and Gian tied the knot on June 10, 2017, in an intimate ceremony at Villa Tiepolo Passi, Gian's family estate in Carbonera, Italy. Including their family, Chastain's co-stars as Anne Hathaway and Emily Blunt also attended the wedding.
The couple welcomed their first child via surrogate in April 2018. Chastain and Gian's daughter's name is Giulietta Passi Chastain.
Talking about her past relationship, Jessica had been in a long-term relationship with Ned Benson, who is a writer and director.