It seems like Jessica Chastain, who won Best Actress in a Drama for the film "Zero Dark Thirty" at the Golden Globes Sunday night, has been around forever. But only two years ago, she was relatively unknown.
That was before she appeared in a recently slew of high-profile movies -- from "The Tree of Life" to "The Help" (for which she was nominated last year for an Academy Award), and "Lawless" to "Zero Dark Thirty," she even performed onstage in "The Heiress." All in all, the 35-year-old redhead is one of the busiest actors in Hollywood.
But that wasn't always the case.
Chastain opened her acceptance speech Sunday night with this heartwarming explanation: "I've wanted to be an actress since I was a little girl and I've worked for a really long time," she said, her voice shaking. "I've auditioned, and struggled, and fought, and been on the sideline for years and to be here now, in this moment, it's a beautiful feeling to receive this encouragement and support, thank you so much."
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the actress, who's been dubbed a serious contender in the Oscar race this year, explained why it's a bigger deal than we think.
"That was something we joked about: The Chastain Curse," she said. "I had worked for so long. I even played a dead body on TV. I did so many things. I finally got my big break."
Ehm ... A "Chastain Curse"? We never would have thought. The beautiful actress has so much going for her, it's hard to imagine an obscure Chastain sitting at the kitchen table complaining to a group of friends.
Be that as it may, Jessica's curse is now completely broken, but it reminded us of several other supposed celebrity curses you can choose to believe (or not.)
Click over to The Hollywood Reporter to find out how exactly Chastain broke her curse.
Rumors of this Kardashian curse have been swarming around long before Yeezy came into the picture. It was used to explain the crummy fates of Kim's former beaus -- Lamar Odom, Reggie Bush and Kris Humphries. Sadly for the successful rapper, it seems like the curse is catching up with him, as a recent poll showed his popularity is tanking since he started dating the reality star.
Actress Brittany Murphy and husband Simon Monjack both tragically died in their house within months apart from each other. First the actress passed away in what seemed to be mysterious circumstances, then mere months later her husband suffered the same fate. The "haunted house" was revealed to be an unsanitary house, with cause of death for both reportedly being toxic mold.
Oh TaySwif, whatever will we do with you? The beautiful singer is super successful when it comes to managing her career and burgeoning empire, but rather unsuccessful when it comes to the men in her life. It seems like every time Taylor falls madly in love, yet most of her relationships fall just short of three months. Hey, at least "the curse" gives her something to write about!
Several athletes fell victim to the alleged "Gilette Curse" -- acting as presenters and ambassadors for the shaving company, only to have their careers suffer major blows soon after. Tiger Woods and Roger Federer preceded Beckham (and we all know how that went down...) and rumor has it Beckham's rep sourced while he was the face of Gilette to the point of being booed on the field.
One of the most notorious curses of Hollywood is "The 27 Club": A host of celebrities whose meteoric success, and life, ended at the age of 27. Some known examples are Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, and more recently Amy Winehouse.
"Two and a Half Men" star Angus T. Jones went on a videotaped rant a couple of months ago urging viewers to stop watching the show. Jones' unexpected outburst came at a time when former child star LiLo yet again made headlines for crashing her car and being a complete mess, and former child star Amanda Bynes allegedly behaving very bizarrely, reminding us of the rumored "curse" afflicting grownup child stars.
In 1955, James Dean died in a car crash while driving his Porsche. According to various reports, several people have died or were injured in the ensuing years while driving Dean's Porsche or when using parts of the cursed car's body (the tires and the shell.) We really hope it's off the road by now...