Has your grandma ever sat in a famous person’s lap at a party? Jessica Chastain’s answer to this question is a slightly reluctant yes.
The conversation started when DeGeneres asked Chastain about her grandmother. “I was talking about dating sites, and I heard that your grandmother is either in the market or she doesn’t really need my help because she just goes up to people,” DeGeneres said.
“I’ve been trying to get her dates for a long time. I mean, it’s been maybe 15 years, 20 years, that I’ve been…I used to take pictures of her and put them on Match.com,” Chastain said. “I worked with Al Pacino, she was very excited about that; I took a picture of the two of them together and it was on her bedside table. Matthew McConaughey, she was stoked.”
Chastain then went on to tell the story about her grandmother and Bradley Cooper. “A few years ago, I had a party at my house and Bradley Cooper was there. My grandmother is now at the age where she just really doesn’t care, you know? She’s just like, ‘I’m just gonna do whatever I want.’ So in the middle of the party, she just walked over to Bradley and just sat on his lap,” Chastain said. “He looked horrified, actually. He had never met her. He didn’t know who she was.”
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As a producer on The 355, the movie this appearance was promoting, Jessica Chastain made sure she and the other working moms in the cast didn’t have to choose between the project and their families, setting up a kids trailer on set. “I love bringing families on set,” Chastain told Entertainment Tonight. “We had a trailer that was for children, and so how wonderful that, yes, we can be successful and wonderful at our work, but we can also not have to shut down part of our life in order to do so.
“And I think for the longest time it’s been like, you’re either a career woman or you’re home. It’s like, there’s no such thing,” she continued. “Men have been able to do both for years. Let’s just make it possible for everyone.”
The 355 hits theaters on Friday, January 7, and also stars Penélope Cruz, Lupita Nyong’o, Diane Kruger, Fan Bingbing, and Sebastian Stan.