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Chastain no party animal

Jessica Chastain used to annoy her drama school friends because she wouldn't go out partying.

The actress went to the Juilliard School in New York City after winning a scholarship funded by funnyman Robin Williams. She took her craft very seriously, much to the irritation of those around her.

Jessica's good friend Jess Weixler claims there were only two occasions when the redhead went to the local bar Malachy's.

"She’s always been unbelievably focused," Jess told US Vogue magazine. "It used to drive the guys crazy. ‘Why won’t Jessica stay up late?’ There were a few times when I was like: I can’t believe she’s waking up on a Saturday to go to an extra class."

The actress appears on the cover of the latest edition of the magazine, with many of those who have worked with her interviewed. She is known for keeping her personal life private, something director Guillermo del Toro admits is true. He worked with her on the horror movie Mama and hinted she likes to be separate from the cast and crew.

"The crew loves her, the cast loves her, but that doesn’t mean that she has to cook a dinner for 25 people every Friday," he explained.

Al Pacino directed the actress in Salomé. He had many intense talks with her both on and off set, but still feels there is a great deal to learn about her.

"I don’t know anything about her. I know I loved working with her, I enjoyed her company, we’d go out with her from time to time, but I never really sat down and had a heart-to-heart with her. I don’t know where she goes," he explained.

It seems this is all part of Jessica's plan to be as adaptable an actress as possible. She prides herself on taking on varied roles and believes that would be impossible if her life was too transparent.

“I did not feel like a beautiful woman that people would kill each other for. Jessica - who I am in my personal life - I’m very shy, I feel very awkward, I don’t feel like a femme fatale at all," she explained, in reference to the title role she takes on in Salomé.

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