Jessica Chastain may be one of the biggest stars in Hollywood. But she and her husband, Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo, are very quiet about their private life. In fact, until recently fans weren’t even sure if Jessica had one child or two. It turns out she did welcome a second child. She referenced both kids in an emotional Oscars acceptance speech on Sunday night!
“Giulietta and Augustus, you are my heart,” the 45-year-old Eyes of Tammy Faye star said as she accepted her award, calling the them both her “treasure” in Spanish.
The actress and her husband Gian Luca, a fashion publicist, had both of their children via surrogacy, though their second was only announced by the media after they were spotted walking around with the infant back in March 2020.
Strolling around Santa Monica, Ca. roughly two years ago, the couple was carrying two children. But they never announced the birth of either child.
Jessica Chastain and Gian Luca Passi de Prepsulo tied the knot back in 2017 in Italy, and they quickly became parents just a year later after they had Giulietta via a surrogate.
The Zero Dark Thirty actress said at the time that she was “the first person in [her] family to not be pregnant” by the age of 17, and that services such as “[Planned Parenthood] had a great impact on my life because it gave me choice.”
Ever since Giulietta entered their lives, Jessica Chastain has been a strong supporter of Planned Parenthood, the right to choose, and for women to have autonomy over their bodies.
Forming Freckle Films, the actress was praised for the first-of-its-kind female-led production house that specialized in equal pay for male and female actors. Most recently, she produced the international spy thriller The 355, which also starred Penelope Cruz, Fan Bingbing, Diane Kruger, Lupita Nyong’o, Marion Cotillard, and Sebastian Stan.
“We independently financed it,” Jessica Chastain told The Hollywood Reporter. “And all five of the actresses own equity in the film. I love the idea about creating this movie and seeing that these women aren’t just people for hire.”
Her kids were frequent visitors on the set, as well, according to Us Weekly, where the children were able to spend time in a family trailer and behind the scenes with their mom.
“We can be successful and wonderful at our work, but we can also not have to shut down part of our life in order to do so,” the actress explained at the time. “And I think for the longest time it’s been like, you’re either a career woman or you’re home. It’s like, there’s no such thing. Men have been able to do both for years. Let’s just make it possible for everyone.”
Jessica Chastain won her first Oscar for Best Actress Sunday night – and her first Academy Award ever – though it was not the first time she was nominated. The actress was recognized back in 2012 in the Best Supporting Actress category for The Help, and a Best Actress nomination in 2013 for Zero Dark Thirty.
For her award on Sunday, Jessica took the honor home for her role as the TV evangelist in The Eyes of Tammy Faye. The TV evangelist later became a champion of the LGBTQ+ community.
“In times like this, I think of Tammy and I’m inspired by her radical acts of love,” Jessica Chastain said in her acceptance speech. “I’m inspired by her passion. I see it as a guiding principle that leads us forward, and it connects us all in the desire that we want to be accepted for who we are, accepted for who we love, and to live a life without the fear of violence or terror.”