Amanda Pendolino
February 11, 2013

Jessica Chastain Denies Feud with Jennifer Lawrence: ‘Why Do We Support the Myth?’

As if I could love Jessica Chastain any more…

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Zero Dark Thirty actress has publicly denied the rumors that she and her Best Actress competitor Jennifer Lawrence “hate” each other.

Rumors swirled that Jessica was “furious” when J-Law poked fun at her on Saturday Night Live and beat her out for a SAG award — but don’t believe the hype.

“I find it very sad that the media makes up bogus stories about women fighting in this industry,” Jessica, 35, posted on her Facebook page. “Filming The Help was the most amazing experience and yet, that is the film I’m most asked about in regards to ‘fighting on set.’ Why do we support the myth that women are competitive and cannot get along?”

She continued: “I think all of the actresses recognized this year have given incredible performances. But more important, they’ve all shown themselves to be filled with generosity and kindness. I’ve done two photo shoots with Jennifer Lawrence over the years and have found her to be utterly charming and a great talent. I’ve told her how beautiful her film work is.”

Lastly: “Please don’t allow the media to perpetuate the myth that women aren’t supportive of each other. Every time an actress is celebrated for her great work, I cheer. For the more brilliant their performance, the more the audience demands stories about women. With support and encouragement, we help to inspire this industry to create opportunities for women. And as we all know: a great year for women in film, is just a great year for film.”

Yes! There’s no reason why women in film can’t be supportive of one another. I suppose “Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain Hug, Show Respect” isn’t exactly a juicy headline — but she’s right that we should support each other, not tear each other down (or hope that powerful women tear each other down).