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Jessica Chastain Praises Planned Parenthood For Giving Her A 'Choice'

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Photo credit: Gareth Cattermole - Getty Images
Photo credit: Gareth Cattermole - Getty Images

Jessica Chastain has credited Planned Parenthood for giving her a 'choice' and emphasised the importance of valuing fathers' input in parenting.

In a new interview with The Times, the Molly's Game actor - who welcomed her second daughter, Guiletta, in 2018 with her fashion executive husband Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo - and discussed the support she received from the sexual health care provider, Planned Parenthood, in her youth.

'I’m the first person in my family to not be pregnant when I was 17,' she said. It had a great impact on my life because it gave me choice,' she said of the organisation, which was her source for birth control.

Chastain, whose second daughter arrived via a surrogate, also addressed the gender imbalance when it comes to parenting, telling the news outlet: 'Right now, as a society, I don’t believe we value fathers as much as we should.

'I think we have to understand that — and this is tough as a woman to say this — the father relationship is just as important as the mother relationship. And men need to acknowledge that women are just as important in the workforce.'

Elsewhere in the interview, the star recalled her time on the set of the 2016 fantasy film The Huntsman, and seeing her co-star Chris Hemsworth feel 'devastated' when he was unable to make it home for his children's bedtimes.

'And this was way before I got married and all of that,' she said. 'I remember seeing that and thinking, "When we’re on set for 16 hours a day, why isn’t there a set-up so people can be with their children?"

She concluded: 'We should get to the place where men are able to admit that and society sees it as a strength.'

While Chastain has been fiercely private over the years, she recently opened up about her child to Entertainment Tonight, revealing: 'A lot of kids play with Marvel characters and Barbies and that's fine, but my kid ... she plays with superheroes.'

During the same interview, the 44-year-old discussed her experience as a mother while filming her 2021 film, The 355. Speaking about the mum-friendly atmosphere on set, she echoed a similar sentiment to that of co-star Diana Kruger, noting: 'Everyone feels empowered and valued.'

Chastain's fans will soon see the star in her latest biographic drama The Eyes Of Tammy Faye, in which she depicts the rise and fall of evangelist Tammy Faye Bakker. The star - who is a self-confessed feminist - admitted to feeling 'terrified' of playing someone 'who’s so open and sensitive'. 'She cries really easily, laughs really easily — she’s like a raw nerve,' she noted.

'I just say that I like to play women,' she told the Times of her choice of roles over the years. 'Because all the women I know are strong. For women to be able to do what they do, like childbirth — it’s insane what women are capable of.'

We couldn't agree more.


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