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Jessica Chastain’s Dream Come True

One night in November, Jessica Chastain sat at Charlie Rose’s table, along with David Straitham and Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens, with whom she’s appearing in The Heiress in a limited run on Broadway, and talked about the play, her life, and the last two glorious years, which have brought her a fame that she wears like her own skin, like it was always meant to be there, like it’s the most natural thing in the world.

Chastain, who was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award this past winter for her work in The Help (and who will almost certainly be nominated again this winter — this time for Best Actress — for her work in this year’s Oscar buzz-worthy Zero Dark Thirty — told the story of her grandmother taking her to see Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat when she was a child. There was a little girl on stage and her grandmother told her “This is their job. This is what they do. It’s professional theatre,” and Chastain says, “As soon as I saw it, it wasn’t ‘that’s what I want to be when I grow up,’ it was ‘that’s what I am.”

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Lina Hanson & Kordo Doski’s
Revel Life

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This is the story of two beautiful immigrants who move to LA — from Sweden and Canada/Kurdistan respectively — and stake their claim on the American dream. It’s a real, Horatio Alger, pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps story, but in really fabulous boots, in this case worn by Swedish-born makeup artist and skincare entrepreneur Lina Hanson (who’s work has been featured in Vogue, Elle, W., InStyle and Harper’s Bazaar, and who’s painted the likes of Natalie Portman, Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor and Javier Bardem, to name a few), and her actor/filmmaker/business partner husband Kordo Doski, fresh off of making Kinetic, his first feature film as writer/director/producer and star, filmed in his native Kurdistan. We caught up with the international couple in their Los Angeles home on the day before they wed.

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