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Jessica gets possessive when playing a character

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Actress Jessica Chastain gets “very possessive” about the characters she plays and likes to understand their psychology. The 40-year-old star, who plays the lead role of Antonina in “The Zookeeper’s Wife” directed by Niki Caro, said during the filming they never went over the board with the reactions her character gives.

“I get very possessive when playing a character; I want to access their secrets and fears. Niki would work with me to elevate a scene and try things out but we would never go for something that was not real for Antonina, that she would not have done or been. There was a lot in the script to work with, and one thing I noticed was that she never really questions her husband in the beginning of the film. She’s quite submissive. But as events progress, she is able to be equal with humans, as she is with animals. She becomes stronger,” Chastain said. Also starring Johan Heldenbergh, “The Zookeeper’s Wife” will hit the theatres on April 14.