Jessica Chastain got her start later than most famous actresses in Hollywood, but that doesn’t mean she’s any less worthy of the attention she’s received. This 38-year-old California native has been working as an actress for more than a decade. She’s appeared on TV shows like ER and Law & Order: Trial by Jury and starred on stage in Romeo and Juliet and Othello.
But it wasn’t until Chastain graduated from Juilliard and began appearing in indie films that her film career started to take off. A stunning performance in 2008’s Jolene put her on the radar. And since then, she’s proven herself again and again to be a fascinating and charismatic performer.
In 2016, she appeared in Ridley Scott’s new hit, The Martian, as well as Guillermo del Toro’s gothic horror flick, Crimson Peak — proving yet again that she’s capable of turning out wildly different performances back-to-back. Here are five roles that showcase why Jessica Chastain is one of the most sought-after actresses in Hollywood today.