“He never messed with me again.”
In a new interview with Wall Street Journal magazine, Jessica Chastain recalled the time she defended herself against her mom’s boyfriend.
“My mom was a single mom; I don’t know who my biological father is, and I grew up in a household that was really financially unstable.”
“There was a turning point in my life where we were living with someone I didn’t like very much, a boyfriend of my mom’s.”
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“And he did something—my room was messy or whatever and he had taken my clothes.”
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“And I was telling him to give me back my stuff — and he slapped me. I just kicked him in the genitals, and he fell to the ground immediately. Then I ran out of the house.”
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But the Molly’s Game star has since realized how defining that moment was and how it helped her recognize her own strength (both mental and physical).
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“I always look back on that moment as knowing that, OK, if anything happens to me, I’m capable of fighting back. He never messed with me again. “
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“If you allow a bully to intimidate or victimize you, they’ll continue to do it. Bullies are actually weak; they don’t go after strong people.”
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