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Jessica Chastain at Lincoln Center, Feb. 8, 2013

Academy-Award nominated Actress Jessica Chastain braved the Manhattan blizzard on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 to appear at a free public conversation at the Elinor Bunin Monroe Film Center of the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

What a trouper! It was a fabulous event with some candid and colorful quotes from the “Zero Dark Thirty” star.

Jessica Chastain at Lincoln Center, Feb. 8, 2013
Jessica Chastain at Lincoln Center, Feb. 8, 2013 | Brad Balfour Photo

Chastain wrapped up her stint on Broadway in “The Heiress” and can now get down to some serious promoting and campaigning for an Oscar for her starring role in Kathryn Bigelow’s CIA Osama bin Laden thriller.

Although born and raised in Northern California, Chastain attended the Juilliard School, which is directly across the street from where the Q&A took place.

Quotes from Lincoln Center’s Q&A appear on their Twitter account, but here are a few gems:

On good training and diverse roles: “Julliard has given me the training to go from ‘Zero Dark’ to ‘Mama’ … we’ll see if I succeed at it.”

On the spiritual aspect of acting: “I feel like a fish when I’m acting. I’m in water. I breathe it in. It feels spiritual to act.”

On Maya in “Zero Dark Thirty” being an emotional role: “It was painful to play, and one day in the middle of a scene, we finished a take, and I just started crying. I’ve never done this before on a set, but I held up shooting for 10 minutes while I just went and cried. Because as an actor, it feels good to be emotional.”

On working with a woman director on “Zero Dark Thirty”: “You don’t think of Bigelow as a woman. You think of her as a genius.”

Here’s the full Q&A: 

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