Jessica Chastain has been learning the same lesson week after week for the last few months: Oscar season and Broadway don't exactly mix.
Chastain is appearing on Broadway in "The Heiress," and she's also nominated for Best Actress for her role in "Zero Dark Thirty." For the last couple of months, she's been making regular trips to Los Angeles on her play's one dark day, Monday, to take care of movie chores, usually hopping on the last flight back that night so she wouldn't have to fly the day of the show.
The week of the Golden Globes, Chastain's schedule was particularly hectic. She handed the show to her understudy for one performance on Thursday, Jan. 10, and flew to Los Angeles to attend the Critics' Choice Movie Awards that night. She won, then headed for the airport and flew back to New York to appear in the show for one performance on Friday and two on Saturday. Then she turned around and came back to L.A. on Sunday for the Golden Globes, where she won again.
"I'm exhausted," Chastain told TheWrap at the Oscar Nominees Luncheon on Monday – an event that conveniently took place on the dark day in the final week of performances for "The Heiress," which has drawn sellout crowds and will recoup at the end of its run.
But although the show's final performance will take place on Saturday, Chastain isn't done with the awards-related travel craziness.
"We end the show on Saturday," she said, "and then I'm taking a helicopter to the airport and flying to London for the BAFTAs on Sunday."
She laughed. "I can't believe I'm taking a helicopter to the airport, but that's the best way to get there in time."
Incidentally, Chastain hasn't just spent her downtime doing serious awards-related things — she also did Zach Galifinaikis' spoof talk show "Between Two Ferns" while in L.A. for the nominees luncheon.
"The problem is that I laugh too easily," she said of that taping. "They had to keep stopping and asking me to please not crack up."