Jessica Chastain is not only an Oscar-nominated actress, but also an advocate for those in need.
While sitting down to promote her new movie “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” Jessica explained why she has been outspoken about President Trump’s new budget plan, which she claims will cut funding to programs like Meals on Wheels and school meals.
Chastain, who took part in the Women’s March, told “Extra’s” AJ Calloway, "This new budget is making me so sad because... who thinks it’s a good idea to take away Meals on Wheels from seniors?"
She went on to say, "Not only do they get food, but they get human companionship and… I think as much as I do believe that anyone doing work and serving their country should take time for themselves and relax, but if we did eliminate all the costs taxpayers are spending on his vacations on the weekends, then we could support the Meals on Wheels, we could support children eating in schools and yes, it does help to have food in your belly to learn.”
“I was raised by a single mother and she worked really hard to try to feed us,” Jessica revealed, "and the food in public schools really helped us, so I’m an advocate for those who need food, who need help. I’m very happy to use my tax money to provide those in need. I would rather not use my tax money to pay for golfing trips."
Jessica is taking on a serious role in “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” which is based on the true story of Antonina Zabinski, who helped save Jews from the Nazi invasion of Poland. Asked what attracted her to the film, she commented, “Well, I was really impressed by the true story of Antonina, and I hadn’t heard about her before, but as I did my research and read the book. I was really shocked that she sacrificed her safety and the safety of her family to save the lives of hundreds of people in World War II, and I was shocked we hadn’t heard about her.”
The movie gave her a chance to work with animals, which she loved! Jessica gushed, “It was heaven! I like working with animals more than people, actually, cause they really teach you to be in the moment. If you are in the scene with an animal, you have to kinda forget how the scene was written in the script and you just do what the animal wants to do. You know, that’s the best way to go about your business — you just kinda go.”