Go to content

Jessica Chastain reflects on 'very scary' visit to war-torn Ukraine

Jessica Chastain reflects on 'very scary' visit to war-torn Ukraine
/ © Cover Media

Jessica Chastain has opened up about her "very scary" trip to Ukraine earlier this year.

The Oscar-winning actress travelled to the war-torn nation in early August to draw attention to the conflict, which escalated in February following the invasion of Russian forces.

Reflecting on the trip during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday, Jessica described how she was stunned to see so many damaged buildings and homes in major cities.

Yet, she was still welcomed into a local family's apartment for a "beautiful" lunch.

"At one point I said, 'Is that a bullet hole in the mirror?'" she recalled. "I looked at the ceiling, there were bullet holes. The chair I was sitting in had bullet holes. And there's little kids, a six-year-old, a year-year-old... I don't understand what is happening to the world."

And while Jessica travelled with security, she still felt uneasy at times.

"It was kind of like being in a video game. There were a few times on that day where I thought, 'Should I be doing this? This feels very scary,'" the 45-year-old continued, before emphasising why she went on the trip. "If there's any way I can use my platform to help amplify other stories, you know, desiring freedom and equality and safety then I just feel it's my responsibility."

As part of the visit, Jessica met with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

During their discussion, he urged her to tell those in the Western world to continue voicing their support for Ukraine, as he is very worried about the welfare of citizens amid the winter months.

Subscribe to our newletter!Subscribe to our newletter!
By subscribing, I agree to receive communications by email from Cogeco Média and its affiliates, including news, updates, activities and contests. You can unsubscribe at any time by using the link at the bottom of our emails or contacting us via our Privacy Policy. Please note, however, that we may still continue to send you service-related and other non-commercial communications. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.
Streaming will resume following advertisement.
The Overnight Beat
On air uptil 05:30