Jessica Chastain: "I'm Very Shy When It Comes to Guys"

Celebrity News Nov. 14, 2012 AT 9:50AM
Jessica Chastain in the December 2012 issue of Marie Claire. Jessica Chastain in the December 2012 issue of Marie Claire. Credit: Marie Claire

Jessica Chastain is a fan of the chase.

Appearing on the December cover of Marie Claire, the single 35-year-old opens up about why she's yet to meet The One. "I'm very shy when it comes to guys," the Lawless star admits.

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According to Chastain, one of her friends once told her, "'Now that you're successful, you have to be more overt with men. You have to make it very clear that you're interested, otherwise they won't [approach you].'" That's been a problem for the famous redhead. "I like to be wooed," she explains, "but I've had to be more outwardly available, I guess."

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For Chastain -- whose onscreen love interests include Brad Pitt, Mike Vogel and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau -- her career has always come first. "I never wanted to be a movie star. I wanted to be an actor. I don't really drink, and I've never been to a rave," she says of her days at Julliard. "I used to cut school to read Shakespeare, not to make out in the park."

Jessica Chastain on the December 2012 cover of Marie Claire.
Jessica Chastain on the December 2012 cover of Marie Claire.
Credit: Marie Claire

Though she's earned critical acclaim in the past few years, Chastain insists she's the same California girl she's always been.

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"I used to have a lot of anxiety about how I was going to stay afloat, because as soon as I graduated, I never asked my parents for money. I always supported myself through acting and would make money last a long time. I understand the value of money, and I'm not an impulsive buyer. I bought a new laptop three years ago, and before I bought it, I spent a month thinking about buying it," she tells Marie Claire. "So my lifestyle hasn't changed, except my anxiety about paying the rent is gone."

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