Jessica Chastain's smart character

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For a decade, an elite team of intelligence and military operatives, working in secret across the globe, devoted themselves to a single goal: find and eliminate Osama bin Laden. Reuniting the Oscar winning duo of director-producer Kathryn Bigelow and writer-producer Mark Boal, this historical action thriller provides viewers with a real and suspenseful look inside history's biggest manhunt for the world's most dangerous man. Starring Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt, Joel Edgerton & Mark Strong.
February 9th, 2013

Jessica Chastain's 'Zero Dark Thirty' character is always the ''smartest person in the room''.

The 31-year-old star plays feisty CIA agent Maya in the new movie about the death of Osama Bin Laden and Jessica admitted she was drawn to the character's intelligence.

She told People magazine: ''I thought, 'She's the smartest person in the room and she's probably always been the smartest person in the room. When you're like that you don't really make friends very easily.''

Jessica recently admitted working on the movie was ''very intense'' and she struggled with some of the dialogue.

She said: ''It was a very intense role and a lot of responsibility. It creates a conversation based on a current event; a dialogue about the time we're living in. It wasn't tense between [any of the actors], but we definitely had some tension in that there was a lot of guerrilla-style film making.

''The dialogue was very difficult. There's a lot of Arabic names, a lot of CIA jargon and facts.''