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Jessica Chastain is 'having such a great time' with 'The Help'

January 23, 2012 |  5:10 pm

Jessica Chastain

Golden Globe Awards behind her, Jessica Chastain is still in disbelief that she'd gotten to be part of "The Help," which was nominated for the Producers Guild Awards' Daryl F. Zanuck Award.

"I'm kind of floored that I'm in it," Chastain said Saturday night on the red carpet at the Beverly Hilton.

Disbelief was the theme of the night for many, expressed not only by one of the film's main actresses but also by the film's writer, director and executive producer, Tate Taylor, who said he and his fellow producers made this little film that could and it just kept "could-ing."

PHOTOS: The scene at the Producers Guild Awards

"America is looking for inspiration," said Taylor. "When you see ordinary women doing extraordinary things, it is inspirational."

" 'The Help' tells a beautiful love story — the love story of friendships," said Chastain, wearing stunning green teardrop Bochic earrings and a floor-length black Balenciaga dress. "It's all about encouraging each other to stand up for what we believe in."

And those friendship were seen not only on screen but off-screen as well. Chastain said that what she looked forward to most during awards season was the opportunity to sit, chat and just drink Champagne with the girls from "The Help."

"That is exactly why everyone always says,' "The Help" table is having such a great time,' " Chastain said with a giggle.

The Zanuck prize, for outstanding producer of a theatrical motion picture, went to Thomas Langmann for "The Artist."


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Photo: Jessica Chastain arrives at the 23rd annual Producers Guild Awards in Beverly Hills on Saturday. Credit: Dan Steinberg / Associated Press.