Jessica Chastain tries to inspire young women

Hollywood actress Jessica Chastain has revealed she chooses roles that inspire young women.

Jessica Chastain tries to inspire young women

Jessica Chastain chooses roles that inspire young women.

The 38-year-old actress - who stars in the new sci-fi movie 'The Martian' - has revealed she's made a conscious decision to accept movie parts that encourage young girls to pursue their ambitions.

She told the Huffington Post: "I have to be careful when I'm choosing roles.

"I want little girls to watch 'The Martian' and say, 'I want to be the commander of a mission to Mars,' 'I want to be in this movie,' and [to see] that actually, it's OK -- you can have these desires to be a writer and fall in love and do all this, and you can actually save yourself."

Meanwhile, Jessica recently praised Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence after she spoke out about the gender pay gap in Hollywood.

She said: "I'm proud of her. Sometimes when you're doing well, you're afraid to say something's wrong because then there's going to be a bunch of people out there going 'OK, well, you're a big old movie star.' But it doesn't matter."

Jessica said it's wrong actors are paid more than their female counterparts for doing the same job in a movie.

The flame-haired actress added: "There's no excuse. There's no reason why she should be doing a film with other actors and get paid less than her male co-stars.

"It's completely unfair. It's not right. It's been happening for years and years and years. I think it's brave to talk about it. I think everyone should talk about it."

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