Before They Were Stars
Gallery: The Help Cast Before They Were Stars!
From relative newcomers to storied veterans, the ensemble (mostly female) cast of The Help has it all. Based on the best-selling novel by Kathryn Stockett, the film follows the story of Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan as she returns home to Mississippi and brings upheaval to her society friends’ lives as she reveals the secret stories of the help. By Jennifer Bradshaw
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Jessica Chastain as Essie in You Can’t Take It With You, Senior Yearbook Photo, 1995
She was A star was clearly born on the El Camino High School stage, when Jessica Chastain stepped out as Essie in You Can’t Take It With You. Post-Oscars, she made her triumphant return to the stage as the lead in the Broadway revival of The Heiress.