Jessica Chastain is like the phrase “women supporting women” come to life. Yes, she’s an Oscar-nominated* actress with cheekbones you could cut paper with, but she’s also someone who regularly, consistently uses her power to help lift other women up.
Case in point: she just donated $2,000 of her own money to the GoFundMe of a woman who posted an angry message on her Instagram account, in order to help this total stranger out with the cost of fertility treatment.
It was on Chastain’s post to mark International Women’s Day, where she described feminism as “the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes.”
A woman by the name of Karin commented: “Yes feminist(s) that believe in God and stand up for The Unborn. I would be for that kind of feminist.”
(FWIW, we’re not even going to go there. Being against abortion – as a whole, not personally – is deeply unfeminist, as safe and easy access to abortion is one of the most profoundly feminist issues there is.)
But instead of ignoring the comment, Chastain took a high road so astronomically high that she basically carved a whole new one.
“Yes, you can decide what is right for you,” Chastain replied. “I am pro-choice and I believe that everyone has the right to make their own decision. I read about your journey to become a mother and it broke my heart. I hope that your dream will come true in 2018! Much love to you.”
Schulz had detailed her and her partner’s struggles to get pregnant on their GoFundMe page, which was linked in her Instagram bio.
She then donated some $2,000 to Schulz’s GoFundMe, which detailed her and her husband’s struggles to fall pregnant and the financial difficulties they were facing. (The link to the GoFundMe is in Schulz’s Instagram bio.)
“The idea of having us to go into debt to become pregnant made me so, so sad,” she wrote. “It is hard to know your body doesn’t do what it is supposed to do … This is very difficult to ask but…with very humble and grateful hearts, we ask if you would find it in your hearts to give financial gifts to help us have a family. Infertility treatments are not covered by our insurance company, and the cost is high.”
So Chastain donated $2,000 of her own money to this total stranger, bringing the total funds raised to $2,880.
“You’ll be wonderful parents who teach love by example,” she commented. “Someday you’ll hold your baby. Don’t give up.”
We don’t deserve Jessica Chastain pic.twitter.com/wW77dhTdSx
— Sam Montgomery (@sammontgomery) March 8, 2018
It’s honestly just the latest example of Chastain being this incredible woman and feminist moving through the world with grace. Recently, she made headlines after her friend (and former and future co-star) Octavia Spencer revealed that it was Chastain who had secured her a 600 percent pay rise.
“She was very sweet,” Chastin told PEDESTRIAN.TV, after confirming that she had no idea Spencer was going to spill the beans. “She goes, ‘I hope you don’t mind, but I shared our story’. And of course I don’t mind. It’s her story, you know? But I just want to make sure that the focus isn’t on what I did, because it was such an easy thing what I did, at the end of the day, and the focus also remains on why has she been underpaid for so long.
Film-wise, she’s reportedly in talks to face off against Pennywise the Clown in the It sequel, playing the adult version of Beverly (played in the 2017 film by Sophia Lillis). Extremely down for this casting, tbqh with you.
* An earlier version of this article said she was an Oscar-winning actress, which is sadly not accurate. Obviously this needs to be rectified by the Academy at once.