Jessica Chastain Explains Why She Doesn’t Date Other Stars: I Don’t Care About the Fame

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Jessica Chastain spoke about her relationship with fame. Steve Granitz/WireImage


Jessica Chastain has little desire to participate in the fame game. The Interstellar actress, 37, spoke about her complicated relationship with celebrity and her lack of desire to date another famous person in a new interview with The Telegraph

Though she skyrocketed to fame and critical acclaim in the last few years, the Juilliard grad said her motivation comes from the craft, not the recognition. 

“I’m a shadow whisperer, I hide in the shadows,” the Oscar-nominated actress told the newspaper. “I tend to avoid places where I might get photographed… I just don’t think of myself as a movie star — I’m an actress.”

The redheaded beauty has stayed largely quiet with her private life, choosing not to publicize her relationships and seemingly leading a fairly regular life in New York City. These habits have influenced Chastain’s dating life, as she told The Telegraph she chooses not to date other celebrities as “it just puts a magnifying glass on you.”

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“If you want to be really famous, then date another famous person,” explained the Mama star, whose on-screen beaus have included Brad Pitt, Michael Shannon, and Mike Vogel. “But the fame is not the part of my life that I am excited about.”

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Chastain, who is currently dating movie-star handsome Italian fashion exec Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo, went on to add that while she isn’t attracted to the bright lights of male stars, she does appreciate a man who gets her business, and is comfortable with it. 

“I think you have to date someone who understands some aspects of the film industry,” the Miss Julie actress said. “I mean, I’m going to be in Northern Ireland kissing Colin Farrell, so I have to date a guy who is really confident in himself and isn’t insecure about all of that.”

De Preposulo evidently fits the bill, as Chastain told The Telegraph that she is simply “very, very happy” in her current relationship. 

“I think it’s important not to talk about it,” she told Glamour last month about her relationship, which she’s been in for about two years. “In the future I will. If everything continues on a path, of course it’ll be part of the conversation. But until it gets there, I don’t want to put any unexpected pressure on something that is so personal and so precious. It’s too delicate right now.” 

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