Jessica Chastain Reacts to Viral Red Carpet Moment With Oscar Isaac

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Chastain wed fashion executive Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo, with whom she shares two children, in 2017. Likewise, Isaac also got married in 2017 to screenwriter Elvira Lind, and the couple welcomed their second child in 2019. Vanity FairJessica Chastain Reacts to Oscar Isaac Kissing Her Arm at the Venice Film Festival

"Everybody is super sexy in slow motion," the actress said on NBC’s 'Today' show on Wednesday.

By Ariana Brockington

Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac’s red carpet encounter proves that their chemistry transcends the screen.

While attending the premiere of their upcoming HBO miniseries Scenes From a Marriage at the Venice International Film Festival on Saturday, the co-stars shared a sweet moment on the red carpet that quickly went viral. In a slow-motion video, Isaac can be seen looking at Chastain and kissing her inner arm, resulting in an internet fixation on the moment, even prompting a response from Mindy Kaling who quipped to Chastain: “Why is Oscar Isaac the only person allowed to kiss your inner arm.” 

After the video went viral, Chastain posted a picture Monday of Gomez Addams (John Astin) similarly kissing his wife Morticia (Carolyn Jones) on the arm in an episode of The Addams Family, seemingly poking fun at her and Isaac’s red carpet moment. 

Chastain further addressed the video and her friendship with Isaac during an appearance on NBC’s Today show Wednesday. “We’re acting, but also Oscar and I have been friends — we went to college together — so we’ve been friends more than half of our lives, and we know so much about each other,” she said. The pair previously starred together in the 2014 crime drama A Most Violent Year

“Let me just say, though, this is a slow-motion video, and everybody is super sexy in slow motion,” she joked. “I think it was really funny because when you look at it in regular speed, I’m looking straight ahead and he looks over at me. He just kind of goes to give me a peck on my elbow, and at the same time, I’m going to give him a hug. So all of a sudden, his face ends up in my armpit.”

She added, “We have all been locked in our houses for so long. When this video went viral, I was like, people just need to see people touch and hold each other.”

Though they were close on the red carpet, Chastain and Isaac’s on-screen counterparts in Scenes From a Marriage will be more distant. In the drama, which is a remake of a 1973 Swedish series of the same name, Chastain and Isaac portray a couple whose marriage slowly unravels. Chastain shared that she knows Isaac so well that the two “could hurt each other really strongly” while filming the intense scenes. 

Scenes From a Marriage premieres on HBO on Sept. 12. 

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‘Scenes From a Marriage’: Watching a Relationship Crumble in Real Time

Rolling Stone 08 September, 2021 - 08:20pm

Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain pull no punches as a couple ending their union in this remake of Ingmar Bergman’s classic miniseries

Most episodes of HBO’s new limited series Scenes From a Marriage begin with an odd meta device, where we are watching stars Jessica Chastain or Oscar Isaac arriving on set, interacting with crew members who are wearing full Covid protective gear, studying dialogue and notes on their phones, and getting into character. There’s usually not even an edit in between someone calling “Action!” and when the scene itself begins.

Why did Hagai Levi, the acclaimed Israeli-born TV creator (Be’Tipul, The Affair), choose these distracting behind-the-scenes glimpses as his way into adapting Ingmar Bergman’s landmark 1973 Swedish miniseries? All but the youngest viewers go into fictional stories aware that they feature actors who are playing roles with the help of a director and other people, but this setup only underscores the non-reality of Scenes, which is otherwise performed and filmed in a naturalistic style. Perhaps reminding viewers that Chastain and Isaac are acting is the point? This new Scenes — in which we witness the crumbling of the relationship between Chastain’s Mira and Isaac’s Jonathan — can be hell to sit through across most of its five hours. Yet as a showcase for the deep talents and remarkable chemistry of its stars, it can be one hell of a thing.

In 1973, Bergman was breaking new ground in using the miniseries format to explore the minutiae of how two people could fall out of love over a long period of time, and how they would learn to deal with each other as they emerged from the wreckage. But the miniseries — or even the condensed, three-hour feature film version that was released outside of Sweden — was so influential, and has been so often imitated in ways big and small, that the novelty factor is long gone. What’s left is a brutal, relentless portrait of two people tearing each other apart emotionally — sometimes with screamed insults, at others with a casual aside that cuts even deeper — practically from the first moment we get to know them.

Throwing viewers into the deep end of the pool with Mira and Jonathan is among the remake’s tougher obstacles. Many of Bergman’s creative descendants didn’t put their couples through psychological warfare until after the audience first gained a chance to see them in better times — or, at least to know them well enough to appreciate how they came to this toxic point. The famous Sopranos episode where Carmela kicks Tony out of the house, for instance, came after four seasons of seeing all the reasons why she should do so. The most recent season of Master of None chronicled the end of a marriage that was brand new to the series, but at least viewers were already invested in Lena Waithe’s Denise. Scenes in theory begins in happy times for its central couple, who are being interviewed by a psychology student (at the university where Jonathan teaches philosophy) about why their marriage has outlasted the national average, and whether tech executive Mira’s role as breadwinner has helped keep them together. Later in the first episode, they host a pair of bitter married friends (Corey Stoll and Nicole Beharie) who clearly should not be together anymore, and Mira and Jonathan look on it as a contrast to how well their own dynamic seems to be working. But it’s clear from early in the psych interview that their marriage rests on a very shaky foundation, and could come tumbling down with barely any effort at all.

“This isn’t anyone’s fault!” Mira will argue later. “It’s just the way that it is.” But beginning the story at a stage when things are already falling apart is a difficult ask, for both the audience and for the stars, who have to keep recontextualizing the relationship with stories they tell about ostensibly happier times. When Mira suggests that she and Jonathan can’t be in the same room without hurting each other, it seems as if this has always been the case, and it just took forever for one of them to admit it.

Fortunately, the work Chastain and Isaac do here is pretty spectacular, in both the showy moments where Mira or Jonathan is going for the throat and in the subtler ones where they’re just recoiling from the latest verbal grenade their partner has tossed. The action is largely confined to the interior of the couple’s beautiful Massachusetts home, with just the two leads talking to each other (often while their anxious daughter sleeps in a nearby room), so the former A Most Violent Year co-stars get abundant opportunity to spar and test each other. They are raw and intensely physical — one episode has Mira crying while hidden under a sheet, and Chastain’s body language is so readable that you don’t need to see her face at all — and periodically conjure the heat they had together in better days. Over the weekend, a clip of Isaac lustfully stroking Chastain’s arm on the red carpet at the Venice International Film Festival went viral, which may have seemed ironic for two actors promoting a show about a couple who can’t stand to be together anymore. But the series offers more instances than you might expect that make their red carpet shenanigans feel like truth in advertising.

Is next-level acting enough to justify such punishing subject matter? At times, absolutely. The third episode in particular is just remarkable in the way Mira and Jonathan’s conversation somehow takes us through every high and low they ever had together. Other episodes can sometimes take on the detached tone of an exchange being read from a court transcript, but in this installment, the old wounds feel raw and very much present.

But then, Scenes is littered with turns where its central duo are agonizingly close to finding a way to make things work again, only for the opportunity to slip from their grasps. That third episode was among the best hours of TV I’ve seen all year, and left me wondering if I had judged the whole endeavor too harshly to that point. But then the remaining two episodes brought a more familiar blend of moments that inspired awe, right next to ones that inspired eye-rolls.

At various points, Jonathan or Mira will plead with the other to give things another try, insisting that the parts of their marriage that were good outweigh the parts where they’re literally wishing their partner dead. The experience of watching Scenes From a Marriage never gets that bleak, but I won’t blame anyone who decides that Chastain and Isaac — even both at the tip-top of their respective acting games — aren’t enticement enough to commit to a short-term viewing relationship that can feel punishingly long.

Scenes From a Marriage premieres September 12th on HBO, with episodes releasing weekly. I’ve seen all five episodes.

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Jessica Chastain Reacts to Viral Red Carpet Photos of Her and Oscar Isaac: 'We're Acting'

PEOPLE 08 September, 2021 - 08:20pm

The actress, 44, posed on the red carpet with Isaac for the Venice International Film Festival premiere of their new HBO miniseries Scenes from a Marriage.

When Chastain was asked on Today's Wednesday episode about the internet's obsession with a sweet moment where Isaac kissed her elbow while on the carpet, the actress said, "We're acting, but also Oscar and I have been friends — we went to college together — so we've been friends more than half of our lives."

She continued, "Let me just say, though, this is a slow-motion video, and everybody is super sexy in slow motion."

"I think it was really funny because when you look at it in regular speed, I'm looking straight ahead and he looks over at me and he just kind of goes to give me a peck on my elbow, and at the same time, I'm going to give him a hug," she continued.

"So all of a sudden, his face ends up in my armpit. He made a joke out of it. Look, he's smiling there!" she said while watching the footage. "All the photographers started laughing, and were like, 'What just happened?'"

Chastain did joke the internet's fixation on the moment might have been caused by the lack of human interaction during the lockdown.

"We have all been locked in our houses for so long. When this video went viral, I was like, people just need to see people touch and hold each other," she said, laughing. 

Chastain and Isaac both attended Juilliard together and previously starred together in the 2014 film A Most Violent Year

"We know so much about each other, so we know how to make each other laugh without saying anything," Chastain said. "We can almost read each other's minds. It also means we could hurt each other really strongly. In the scenes, we would know how to get to the other one." 

When the moment went viral, Chastain shared a fun image of Gomez Addams kissing his wife Morticia's arm from the 1960s sitcom The Addams Family

"Sept 12th," Chastain tweeted, alerting fans as to when Scenes from a Marriage debuts on HBO.

The actress tied the knot with fashion executive Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo in 2017. Isaac is married to screenwriter and director Elvira Lind. The couple shares two sons, Eugene, 4, and Mads, almost 2.

At the Venice Film Festival, Lind shared several photos of herself and Isaac in Italy, including at the premiere of his upcoming movie The Card Counter

"C A R D C O U N T E R ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️@veniceff78#cardounter," Lind wrote in a photo of the two.

Scenes from a Marriage premieres Sept. 12 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.

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Mindy Kaling Teases Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac: 'Why' Is He the 'Only Person Allowed to Kiss Your Inner Arm'

Yahoo Entertainment 08 September, 2021 - 08:20pm

On Saturday, Chastain, 44, and Isaac, 42, who star together in the upcoming HBO limited series Scenes from a Marriage, sent social media into a frenzy with their chemistry while walking the red carpet together at the Venice Film Festival.

In a slow-motion clip from Getty that has gone viral on Twitter, Chastain is seen wrapping her arm around Isaac's shoulder as he gazes deep into her eyes before appearing to plant a kiss on her inner arm.

The following day, Kaling, 42, teased Chastain in the comments section of her Instagram video as she showed off her red carpet look from the night. "Why is Oscar Isaac the only person allowed to kiss your inner arm," Kaling joked.

Isaac and Chastain star in the American adaptation of the 1973 Swedish miniseries Scenes from a Marriage as Jonathan and Mira, a married couple whose relationship falls apart over several years.

While the two exuded romance on the carpet, both Chastain and Isaac are married to their respective partners. Chastain married Moncler executive and Italian count Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo in June 2017, and share two children together. Isaac, meanwhile, tied the knot with Danish writer and director Elvira Lind, 40, in February 2017, and they share two sons.

Chastain recently opened up to PEOPLE about working with Isaac — whom she's known for nearly two decades — and their close bond. 

"Oscar I've known for 20 years and we went to college together. We have the same process," she said. "When I got the scripts, I knew immediately it was going to be like a play, because most of it's just him and I talking for an hour, sometimes not calm. So I knew it was basically just acting with Oscar."

"We affect each other," she continued of their ease working together. "And so we don't have to plan what we're going to do. It's like surfing together. It's a special thing, and it's very rare to have it with another actor. We have it with each other."

The pair previously starred together in the 2014 film A Most Violent Year, which earned Chastain a Golden Globe nomination for best supporting actress. But they've been friends even longer, as they both attended Juilliard Drama School at the same time.

Scenes from a Marriage premieres Sept. 12 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.

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Jessica Chastain Explains the Secret to Her Chemistry With Oscar Isaac After That Viral Moment

msnNOW 08 September, 2021 - 08:20pm

While Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac were promoting Scenes From a Marriage, the Internet couldn't help talking about their scene from the red carpet.

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After stepping out at the Venice Film Festival, the co-stars went viral thanks to a slow-motion clip of Isaac appearing to try and kiss Chastain's arm before seemingly sniffing her armpit while on the red carpet. It didn't take long for the buzz to grow as viewers speculated over their relationship status—and developed a giant collective crush on Isaac.

Unfortunately for fans shipping the couple, Chastain and Isaac are both married to other people, something she made clear during an appearance on Today on Sept. 8. While she wed Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo in 2017, Isaac tied the knot with Elvira Lind that same year. As for their undeniable chemistry, credit their real-life friendship.

"We went to college together, so we've been friends more than half of our lives and we know so much about each other," Chastain said on Today on Sept. 8, referencing their days at the Juilliard School. "We know how to make each other laugh without even saying anything. We can almost read each other's minds, but that also means we could hurt each other really strongly, so in the scenes we would know how to get to the other one." This isn't the first time they're starring opposite each other, either. In 2014, they played a husband and wife in J.C. Chandor's A Most Violent Year.

There's also that slow-motion effect. As Chastain pointed out, "Everything is super sexy in slow motion."

If you're still trying to decipher why Isaac would sniff her armpit on the red carpet, according to the actress, he was really going to give her a peck near her elbow, but she turned to give him a hug at the same time. "He made a joke out of it," she said, noting that you can see him smiling in the footage.

Whatever the case, fans are clearly enjoying the moment, even if it only looked flirty. "We have all been locked in our houses for so long," Chastain said on Today. "When this video went viral, I was like, 'People just need to see people touch.'"

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Oscar Isaac Always Understands the Assignment

Pajiba Entertainment News 08 September, 2021 - 08:20pm

Over the weekend, the internet lost its dang mind over Oscar Isaac. This is a relatively common occurrence, of course. We were all there for the Finn/Poe shipping delights, the Addams Family remake dream-casting tweets, and the prime thirst trap that is space daddy Leto Atreides in the upcoming adaptation of Dune. Few actors working in mainstream Hollywood cinema today inspire such consistent and near-universal online giddiness. This time around, however, Isaac set the bar even higher. While attending the Venice Film Festival, where he’s promoting three projects, Isaac took to the red carpet with Jessica Chastain. The pair are long-time friends and co-stars in the HBO series Scenes from a Marriage, adapted from the Ingmar Bergman classic. While posing together for the cameras, Isaac got in a few good smolders and gently kissed Chastain’s arm. The clip of this moment quickly went wildly viral. Lions were dripping. Faces were fanned. Never before have people been so jealous of an arm.

I’ll never not be bitter we aren’t getting a live action addams family starring oscar isaac and jessica chastain pic.twitter.com/ohWuklqPTN

Much has been written about how Hollywood cinema has become increasingly disinterested in sex. Modern blockbusters care little for inspiring tangible chemistry between romantic leads. The MPAA has always rated sexual content more aggressively than violence. Major films still feel the need to shoehorn in some kind of romantic subplot even if the actors in question have zero heat (hello, Jungle Cruise and all of Tom Cruise’s output of the past 15 years.) Every couple of months or so, we get some tedious viral tweet about how sex scenes are never necessary in film, regardless of the context. There is a true famine of eroticism in modern American cinema and we, the audience, are starving. That’s partly why that Isaac-Chastain video elicited such a fervent response. Finally, some real passion! That was some Tony Leung-level fire, and all from the simplest of moves. It was a much-needed reminder of what we’ve been missing.

Of course, Oscar Isaac could have red-hot chemistry with a piece of garden furniture. He’s one of the few stars of his level in Hollywood who carries that force with him from project to project. To put it bluntly, his characters f**k. All of them. Poe Dameron. Leto Atreides. Llewyn Davis. The creepy tech guy in Ex Machina. His animated version of Gomez Addams. Every single one of them. He can turn that stare into one of pure fire in a mere heartbeat. There’s always been a kind of classic Hollywood leading man quality to Isaac, both on and off the screen. Plenty of photoshoots have slicked his hair back and given him a cigarette to take full advantage of his Clark Gable-esque demeanor. His red carpet looks often rely on that brand of timeless suave style that looks as good in 2021 as it would have in 1951. Isaac is also clearly self-aware enough to know how potent his own appeal is. He may chafe at the Internet Boyfriend label but he knows how to work a room, a red carpet, an intergalactic confrontation, and so much more.

A lot of leading men have tried in recent years to squeeze themselves into familiar masculine molds. Chris Pratt is eager to be the 21st century Harrison Ford yet lacks that actor’s roughish appeal, his innate ability to be silky smooth in his charm with a goofy streak and real abrasiveness. Dwayne Johnson is trying to find the middle ground between ’80s tough guys and the jokesters of the Frat Pack but his unwillingness to be truly vulnerable and total lack of chemistry with practically all of his female co-stars hinder him in those efforts to be a universally endearing hero. And that doesn’t even cover the endless assembly line of interchangeable white dudes who are forced into the spotlight for a couple of films then replaced with a lookalike once the public shows its disinterest. So, here we have a Guatemalan-Cuban-American guy who used to be in a ska-punk band and seemingly comes out of nowhere to be a major star. He steals scenes, he’s got the range, and he has no problem veering between tiny character dramas and high-cost effects-heavy franchise tentpoles. He can be a devilish rogue who cracks a joke in the face of death in one film then slide naturally into hipster arrogance in the next. All that and he oozes the kind of effortless sexuality that we’ve been in such sore supply of lately. Surely the industry has bent over backward to find the perfect projects for this talent?

Eh, alas, no. Often, he’s wasted in work that seems incapable of utilizing his brand of allure. The Star Wars sequels saw Poe Dameron stumble in the final film and his impeccable chemistry with John Boyega was quickly tossed aside with a strong dose of No Homo. A rare chance to show off his sentimental side in Life Itself was blown by an overwrought and condescending script. Still, he makes an impact wherever he goes, which in and of itself feels like an increasingly rare quality for actors of his caliber. It’s what makes him such a malleable presence across genres, as ideal for Oscar bait (heh) as the next Marvel miniseries.

At the very least, we can look forward to more of Isaac getting the job done on and off the screen. The acting never stops and we love it. The photoshoot tie-ins to his upcoming projects will undoubtedly send us all into a frenzy. Hey, we’re not mad.

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Jessica Chastain on Her 20-Year Close Friendship with Oscar Isaac: 'It's a Special Thing'

PEOPLE 08 September, 2021 - 07:30pm

"Oscar I've known for 20 years. We went to college together," Chastain tells PEOPLE of her Scenes from a Marriage costar. "We have the same process. When I got the scripts, I knew immediately it was going to be like a play, because most of it's just him and I talking for an hour, sometimes not calm."

In the HBO limited series (premiering Sunday), Chastain, 44, and Isaac, 42, play unhappily married couple Mira and Jonathan. The actress says her close bond with Isaac helped them navigate some of their characters' more challenging and emotional scenes.

"It's like surfing together," she continues. "It's a special thing, and it's very rare to have it with another actor. We have it with each other. So for me, I knew it was an opportunity to just be in the moment and almost do theater with Oscar."

Chastain, who trained at Juilliard with Isaac and previously played his onscreen wife in 2014's A Most Violent Year, admits she did have to employ her own little mind trick to reframe her relationship with Isaac.

"Prep for me, I had to see Oscar in a different way, which was complicated because these characters are best friends, and they know so much about each other," she explains. "They know everything about each other, so that was easy. But then I was like, 'Okay, how am I going to switch [Oscar] in my mind? Because he's literally not Jonathan at all.' So I had to, I literally changed his name in my phone to Jonathan. I did. Because every time he texted me, I wanted it to say 'Jonathan,' so it could just remind me of the project, you know?"

"I have this book, it's one of those cheesy books that couples have where there's two partners, and you answer all these questions called 'All About Us.' I think my husband and I got it and we were like, 'We're not doing this,' but I had it and I thought, 'What if Oscar and I do it as the characters so before we start shooting, we have our backstory?'" she recalls. "So what we did is, one of the questions was 'Favorite memory of your wedding,' so I wrote 'Jonathan dancing at the wedding,' and he wrote something. I don't remember what it was, but we went through the entire book and did that. And it gave us a shared backstory and a shared secret of this relationship that helped me see him as Jonathan and not as Oscar."

The actress says the day they wrapped filming on Marriage, 'Jonathan' was back to 'Oscar' in her phone.

"As soon as we ended [I changed his name back]," she says. "That day, that's one of the things I did. I was like, 'Okay. Done.' And for me, it needed to be a clean break. Some of the stuff we did was so dark, I think we both needed a break. But our families, we have kids the same age and everything, so we have seen each other since and have play dates and all that."

The series is not all dark, though. Audiences will get to see the actors in happier places and times.

"I see it as a love story over time about the complexities of vulnerability," Chastain says.

Scenes from a Marriage premieres Sunday on HBO.

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