Jessica Chastain: Nurses are underpaid, overworked and underappreciated

Oscar winner Jessica Chastain, who plays a nurse in her latest film, said she feels nurses have been “forgotten” in the wake of the pandemic.

He is the 45-year-old American actress who stars in The Good Nurse, which tells the true story of nurse Amy Loughren, who suspects that her co-star, played by Oscar-winning Eddie Redmayne, is the shoulder, is the cause of a series of patient deaths.

The crime film, directed by Tobias Lindholm, tells the story of serial killer Charlie Cullen and is based on the 2013 novel of the same name by Charles Graeber.

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Eddie Redmayne and Jessica Chastain at the UK premiere of The Good Nurse (Ian West/PA)

At the film’s UK premiere at the BFI London Film Festival, Chastain told the PA news agency it was a “big responsibility” to portray a nurse.

“It’s a lot of work because you can’t just show up and pretend to be a nurse, and especially in Tobias’ movie, which he really wants it to feel like it’s happening in real life. At this point, it’s like you know what you’re doing,” she said.

“We were surrounded by healthcare workers, all the extras on set who really did it for their profession.

“I think during the pandemic, we’re all going to go out and clap at seven, I don’t know what time it is here but in New York it’s seven, to celebrate and acknowledge them.

“And now the pandemic is over and I feel like we’ve forgotten about them. They are still working. They are still underpaid and overworked, understaffed and underappreciated.

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Amy Loughren (Ian West / PA)

“And it’s important for me to acknowledge them and thank them because they are working really hard to save the lives of our loved ones and we need to acknowledge that.”

Chastain added that she joined because she found the message of the film “really interesting”.

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“Yes, it is a real crime but it is not a crime that uses violence to end violence. It uses compassion, humanity, and love to end the cycle of violence.

“Amy reminds Charlie that he’s a human being and she loves him, he’s not a monster that people treat him with and that’s what can be overcome,” she said.

Speaking of the nursing lessons they had, Redmayne, 40, explained he was a “very bad nurse”.

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Eddie Redmayne and Jessica Chastain (Ian West/PA)

“Never came to me in a crisis. It makes me useless. Great appreciation for the nurses,” he told PA.

“What I take away is what percentage you have to have to be a nurse.

“You have to be extremely smart, you have to understand science, rigorous math, but you also have to be physically fit, which is one of the things that surprised Jess and me.

“Mixed with emotional intelligence to be the conduit or empathetic connection, between doctors and families, who are most vulnerable.

“So that skill set, to have all of that is pretty stellar.”

Amy Loughren, who Chastain played in the film, explained that she didn’t want to make the film at first.

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Eddie Redmayne, Jessica Chastain, Amy Loughren with director Tobias Lindholm (Ian West/PA)

She told PA: “Part of the reason I didn’t want to be in the movie was because it’s such a horrible subject and people these days are so fascinated by serial killers and I don’t know why. stars and I didn’t want that.

“When I realized that it wasn’t going to be the kind of movie, I was so excited.

“Tobias assures me that this will not be sensational, that this will be the way we can still hope after we have done the really hard work.

“And it’s also important to shed light on the fact that these victims need a voice and they deserve a voice, families deserve a voice and that’s what I’m here for.”

When she heard Chastain would be playing her, she added: “I had to sit down, like the wind was blowing away from me. I actually really thought it was a joke. There’s no way Jessica Chastain would play with me, because she was my choice, and I was told ‘No way’.

“We talked a lot about who I used to be, not who I am, and I think she conveys that beautifully. She’s a better Amy than I’ve ever been. “

The Good Nurse will be released on Netflix in October.

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