She said, “Right now we are coming out of some difficult times that have been filled with a lot of trauma and isolation and so many people out there feel hopeless and they feel alone. Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States.”
Chastain continued, “It’s touched many families, it’s touched mine, especially members of the LGBTQ community, who often feel out of place with their peers. We are faced with discriminatory and bigoted legislation that is sweeping our country with the only goal of further dividing us… and in times like this I think of Tammy and I’m inspired by her radical acts of love… I’m inspired by her compassion and I see it as a guiding principal that leads us forward and it connects us all in the desire that we want to be accepted for who we are, accepted for who we love and to live a life without the fear of violence or terror. For any of you out there who do in fact feel hopeless or alone, I just want you to know that you’re unconditionally loved for the uniqueness that is you.”
Jessica also talked about playing Tammy Faye Bakker and her “radical acts of love” in her interview with “Extra.” She told Billy Bush and Rachel Lindsay on the Oscars red carpet, “How wonderful to have an opportunity to re-examine a life, there’s the expression of giving people flowers while they’re still alive. When she was alive, she was misunderstood and made fun of and made the butt of many jokes and now we get to make a film that celebrates her radical acts of love.” Watch!