Jessica Chastain's women-run production company will 'celebrate' silenced voices

/ Source: TODAY

Jessica Chastain isn't just talking the talk when it comes to changing diversity in Hollywood. She's walking the walk.

The actress joined TODAY Friday to discuss her role in "The Huntsman: Winter's War," her struggle to walk in high heels — and her new production company, which she runs along with a team made up entirely of women.

The entertainment industry has come under fire recently for its obvious lack of diversity, most notably the scathing #OscarsSoWhite movement, which called attention to the fact that almost all of the Academy Award nominees in 2016 were white.

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Chastain is looking to prevent that from happening again in a big way: by starting her own production company, Freckle Films.

"You can't just talk about it. You’ve got to, you know, be active," she told Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie. "So I created a production company.”


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That company is run by a team of women, with Chastain at the helm as president.

"I'm wanting to celebrate some voices that we don't necessarily hear all the time," she said.

She's also been using her onstage roles as opportunities to make changes in Hollywood. She told Matt and Savannah she doesn't want to be portrayed as a "damsel in distress" in any movie, and she was glad to get in on the action in "The Huntsman."

"I don't want to be the wife," she said. "I want to kick some butt."