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Jessica Chastain on Speaking Up About Harvey Weinstein: ‘I’m Really Terrified I’m Destroying My Career’

She was surprised to be nominated for a Golden Globe yesterday.

Jessica Chastain arrives at the 24th annual ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel Beverly Hills, in Los Angeles24th Annual ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, Los Angeles, USA - 16 Oct 2017

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Jessica Chastain received a Golden Globe nomination for her role in “Molly’s Game” yesterday, which didn’t surprise many awards prognosticators. The actress herself was taken aback, however, as she feared that her outspokenness on sexual harassment in the film industry would incite backlash. In a New York Times interview, Chastain even says she’d privately told friends that “I’m really terrified I’m destroying my career right now.”

“I’m mainly surprised about my nomination. As an actor, I have a lot of fear, thinking that if I speak my mind, or something that feels like it deviates from the norm as a woman, am I going to be made to disappear in my industry?” she tells the paper of record.

“When the article came out about Weinstein, I immediately started tweeting. I’ve got a good group of girlfriends on WhatsApp, and I said, ‘I’m really terrified I’m destroying my career right now. I wonder if people will still see me as an actress, and want to work with knowing I have these opinions.'”

Chastain continues, “In the way that only good girlfriends can do, they helped me eliminate fear and understand that the only way to change something that’s wrong is to change it, not ignore it. And rather than saying it’s an industrywide issue, it’s more than that. It’s a society wide issue. We can’t ignore farmworkers or women who have been invisible.” Read her full interview here.

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