Jessica Chastain knows that when another woman succeeds, it doesn't mean she fails.
"There has been a stigma out there that women don’t work well together. I’ve never seen women like this," Chastain told Haute Living. "I remember growing up hearing this myth, that women fight when they’re together and it’s completely inaccurate. I’ve never seen it."
In 2013, there were rumors that Chastain and Lawrence were feuding because the two were both nominated in the Best Actress category at the Oscars. Chastain told Haute Living that this couldn't be farther from the truth:
I know also during Oscar season [2012-2013] media, because they were trying to get headlines and get clicks, were trying to fabricate a fake rivalry between Jennifer Lawrence and myself and I immediately came out and said this is a media myth that has to stop. The women I know are not like this and I cheer for women to succeed because I know when an actress succeeds that means there’s going to be that many more roles for women because an audience is going to demand it.
Chastain said she also admires Lawrence for speaking up for women in Hollywood with her 2015 essay on the pay gap published in Lena Dunham's Lenny Letter. "It was incredible. I loved her op-ed," Chastain said. "I was really disappointed after she wrote it that she got criticism. Sometimes people have that attitude where, ‘You’re an actress making a lot of money, how dare you complain?’ We’ve kind of been programmed to be grateful that we’ve gotten this job, so don’t rock the boat. I don’t think that’s fair. Jennifer Lawrence coming out and saying that was really important.”
This year, Chastain is working on an upcoming movie called "The Zookeeper's Wife" set in Nazi Germany. While Chastain said the story itself is compelling, it's the women she got to work with who made the film so exciting.
“It was the first time I had been on set with so many women,” she told Haute Living. "If you’re one of the only women on a set -- if it’s you and a bunch of men -- you feel like your value doesn’t come from your thoughts and your talent and what you say: your value comes from how you look and how you’re perceived by the men around you.”
She added that a set doesn't have to be predominantly made up of women for it to be successful, but when there's more gender balance, "it's going to be a healthier experience."