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Monday 1 September 2014

Jessica Chastain: Pitt shocked me

Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain admits her preconceptions about Brad Pitt were "totally wrong".

The pair worked together on the 2011 drama The Tree of Life, directed by Terrence Malick. Jessica won the role when she was just starting to enjoy success in Hollywood and was thrilled at the opportunity to work with one of her idols.

She feared shooting could be affected by Brad's level of fame - but she was happy to be proved wrong when they arrived on the movie set.

"You know, it really changes everything when you are in a movie with Brad. The man's got some energy. Everything I imagined about working with him was totally wrong. You wonder if there are going to be paparazzi everywhere, but it was the complete opposite," Jessica told the latest issue of GQ magazine. "He didn't have a huge entourage, nothing like that. He just showed up on his motorcycle on the very first day and went, 'Hi, I'm Brad.' You just heard the rumbling of his bike and he'd appear like James Dean, or Marlon Brando from The Wild One. He was kind, he was generous, he'd never heard of me but he never made me feel any less."

The 35-year-old redhead played Brad's wife in the brooding family drama set during the '50s. She was cast before Brad and was lost for words when she discovered who her leading man would be.

"Terry [Terrence Malick] called me up and said, 'So, I've cast your husband.' I was like, 'Great, who?' Then he told me it was Brad Pitt," she recalled. "Now, I started out in this industry as a fan, so, as Terry tell me it's Brad, I'm doing everything I can to steady myself, everything not to totally geek out. You have to understand that at this point in my career I was a total unknown."

"That news really arrowed my heart, you know?"

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