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Stories about cat fights between actresses are usually limited to our pop section, and rarely even there-- it's the dumbest, most exhausting narrative to hear which actresses are jealous of each others' careers or husbands, and Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston both deserve some kind of award for putting up with that kind of tabloid attention for the last 7 years. But when the stories crop up around the Oscar race, as they inevitably do, we stand up and pay attention. And this year, one of the actresses caught in the rumor mill is paying sharp attention too.
Jessica Chastain, a bona fide badass after her performance in Zero Dark Thirty, has stepped up to combat rumors that she was "furious" at Jennifer Lawrence, after the Silver Linings Playbook star (and Best Actress competition) cracked jokes about Chastain when hosting SNL last week. Chastain took to her Facebook page to respond briefly, smartly, and warmly to the nonsense rumor. Read her response in full below:
I find it very sad that media makes up bogus stories about women fighting in this industry. Filming The Help was the most amazing experience and yet, that is the film Im most asked about in regards to "fighting on set". Why do we support the myth that women are competitive and cannot get along?
I hope Chastain is taking some awards season advice from her Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow, who faced her own kind of gendered attention when she was nominated for Best Director opposite her ex-husband, James Cameron. Come to think of it, Bigelow handled that nonsense with nearly as much aplomb as Chastain has here. Maybe these two level-headed women can continue teaming up and knocking some sense into the rest of the ridiculous world.