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The first trailer has arrived for A Most Violent Year starring Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac, hitting theaters this year.

James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain on MTV After Hours with Josh Horowitz [x]

Jessica Chastain photographed during her Juilliard years

Top left: Jessica Chastain in movement class at Juilliard, 2000-2001. Top rightJuilliard students Michael Urie and Jessica Chastain in Sir Patient Fancy, February 2003. BottomJessica Chastain prepares her makeup for a role in the play The King Stag by Carlo Gozzi, 2003.

After appearing in a TheatreWorks production of Romeo & Juliet in California, Chastain auditioned for the Juilliard School in New York City.

"The actor I was working with who was playing Romeo got into Juilliard," she recalled. "It felt like this faraway place that you had to be this insanely amazing person [to get in]. And of course the guy playing Romeo was amazing, but I thought, well, we’re acting opposite each other, so maybe I could audition?"

Chastain was accepted, and earned a scholarship paid for by Juilliard alumnus Robin Williams.

"There’s something actually kind of freeing [about] the whole ‘Who knows how long this is gonna last, so we might as well enjoy it.’ It is such a lesson in living for this moment. And as an actor that’s what you have to do. You have to be able to really be in the moment and be present and not have expectations. So as long as we are here, let’s really put as much as we can into the moment. That’s what I try to do when I act, and that’s also what I try to do personally." Jessica Chastain 

James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain are photographed for The Hollywood Reporter during the 38th annual Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2013 in Toronto, Ontario.

Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy arrive for an official Academy Members Screening of ‘The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby’ hosted by The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences at the Academy Theater at Lighthouse International on September 11, 2014 in New York City.

I’m very sensitive in real life. I cannot not cry if someone around me is crying. I will start to cry if someone is crying, even if it’s not appropriate. I have that thing in me, a weakness or sensitivity.

James McAvoy, Director Ned Benson and Jessica Chastain arrive for an official Academy Members Screening of “The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby” hosted by The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences at the Academy Theater at Lighthouse International on September 11, 2014 in New York City.

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