In anticipation of the upcoming collection, NYFW and all the inspiration stories surrounding it, as well as in honor of our collaboration with the American Express #AmexInspires program we will this week be doing a series on what/who is inspiring US at Prabal Gurung...
To begin: Jessica Chastain
Upon accepting her Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Drama, Chastain said
'Iíve wanted to be an actor since I was a little girl, and Iíve worked for a really long time. Iíve auditioned and struggled and fought and been on the sidelines for years... itís a beautiful feeling to receive this encouragement and support, and thank you so much'
Her honest and humble acceptance speech has to go down as one of the greats, moving and undeniably inspiring - a spark of hope and encouragement to all those who work so hard to realize their dreams and ambitions.
Chastain has worked incredibly hard to get to where she is today - we at PG first remember seeing in The Debt - a 2010 John Madden drama/thriller. She plays plays a young Helen Mirren and the strength of both actresss' performances create a complex and richly developed character - to succeed so memorably in the footsteps of Mirren is certainly a testament to Chastainís talent.
* In 2006 Chastain was personally handpicked by Al Pacino to play opposite him as the title character of the play 'Salome'.
Since, she has played starring roles in Tate Taylorís The Help, 2011 and Terrence Malickís The Tree of Life , 2011 -amongst others. She was nominated for an Oscar in Best Supporting Actress for The Help and won the inaugural Gucci Award for Women in Cinema for The Tree of Life).
And now, of course, she is dominating the 2013 awards with her performance in Kathryn Bigelowís Zero Dark ThirtyÖ
Finally Ė proving the extent of her abilities, she is currently impressing critics with her Broadway debut, playing Catherine Sloper in Ruth and Augustus Goetz's ĎThe Heiressí, directed by Moises Kaufman. The Wall Street Journalís ĎMust-See Broadway event this seasoní..
-Zero Dark Thirty is showing in theatres now-
-Book tickets to see THE HEIRESS here