And Now, a Dose of Fresh, Effortless Feminism From Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain is nothing short of transformed in the October issue of W magazine, and she's bringing a few badass quotes along for the ride. The eclectic actress is at it again this Fall with two wildly different roles: she stars alongside Tom Hiddleston in the dark and twisted Crimson Peak, and she's also in The Martian, one of this year's most underrated films. She doesn't have any plans of slowing down, either, with her sights set on the Bond films, her upcoming turn in the Snow White and the Huntsman prequel, and more. Keep reading for her quotes on everything from the start of her career to a continued push for feminism in Hollywood.

W Magazine | Steven Klein

  • On how she first started acting: "My grandmother was my inspiration. She was the person who took me to the theater and encouraged me to act, and she's the one who always believed in me."
  • On her debut and very first premiere at Cannes: "When I see a picture from that premiere, I seem happy. But that was, actually, a kind of acting. In my head, I was thinking, I have no idea what I'm doing here, and I don't belong . . . Cannes was when my career was born. I made it through the fire to the Palais, and it changed my life."
W Magazine | Steven Klein

  • On starring in seven very different movies in 2011: "It did confuse people. I would hear, 'Who is the real Jessica?' a lot. I think of versatility as a good thing, but it does make it difficult for audiences to know you . . . They rarely say that about men. They never worry about 'knowing' them."
  • On starring in a James Bond film: "One of my goals is to play a villain in a Bond film. People ask me if I want to be a Bond girl, and I say, 'No, I want to be the villain.' I'm waiting for that call!"
W Magazine | Steven Klein

  • On her boyfriend, Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo: "He's a gentleman. And that's very important to me. He's from an old-school Italian family. No one in his family has ever been divorced."
  • On the Snow White and the Huntsman prequel: "I look like a Smurf next to Charlize [Theron]. I play a warrior in the film."