Jessica Chastain gushes about Kim Kardashian: “She is a very intelligent person”

By Meaghan Wray

It looks like the Kardashian-Jenner clan can add Jessica Chastain to their roster of admirers. The red-headed beauty recently gushed about the celebrity brood in a June 6 interview with The Hollywood Reporter , exposing herself as yet another fan of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, the reality TV series that made the group famous.

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For the award-winning actress, the family – which includes momager Kris Jenner, Kourtney , Kim and Khloé Kardashian, and Kendalland Kylie Jenner – goes far beyond what people see on the outside. Their personal talents, like modelling, makeup design and producing smartphone apps, are just the tip of the iceberg. “[They’re] the most powerful women in our society,” she gushed during an interview focused on one of Jessica’s passions: gender equality.

The Kardashian-Jenner family attended Cosmopolitan Magazine's 50th birthday party in 2015. Photo: © Steve Granitz/WireImage

“You can definitely see that [Kim] is a very intelligent person and is learning how to gain control over her life. I mean, she already has it, but especially in media and society,” the X-Men: Dark Phoenix star shared, adding that she thinks the mother of three is a “genius.” And much like the members of the Kardashian clan, Jessica has been the subject of tabloid rumours, too, sharing that at one point, “Jennifer Lawrence and I were in a feud. She and I laughed about it. She came up to me and goes, ‘So I hear we’re feuding?’”

The 41-year-old knows a thing or two about how hard it is and has been for women in Hollywood. A fierce supporter of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, Jessica is all too aware of the fact that women have a harder time living in the spotlight. “It’s hard to walk the balance beam of acceptable behaviour for women, teetering between passion that can get twisted into Daily Mail headlines and a work ethic that makes some colleagues deem you icy,” she told the publication. “I’ve never had a bad situation with women that I’ve worked with.”

Octavia Spencer and Jessica posed together at the 2018 Golden Globes. Photo: © Steve Granitz/WireImage

And she’s shown her love for co-stars in myriad ways, including fighting for equal pay for fellow The Help star Octavia Spencer. "Your silence is your discrimination," she said in the interview. "So if you are succeeding in an environment where there is discrimination, you are actively being discriminatory." And while she knew there were discrepencies on the paychecks of women of colour and Caucasian women, she didn’t realize how far it extended. “What I didn’t know is someone of Octavia’s level, who had an Oscar and two Oscar nominations, how much less she would be getting paid. When she told me what she was making, that’s what really made me go, 'Hold up, that doesn’t compute in my brain.'"

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