Chastain picked up the prize for best actress at the 94th Academy Awards in March. During the ceremony, Smith got up on stage and struck Rock across the face after he made a joke at the expense of his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head (Pinkett Smith lives with alopecia).
In an interview with Net-A-Porter, Chastain spoke about trying to find “a calmness” after the shocking moment.
“It was a weird night,” she said. “I walked into a very charged energy in that room, and I was trying to figure out… how to just breathe and create a calmness.”
In her speech, Chastain discussed “discriminatory and bigoted legislation sweeping our country [the USA]”, however, headlines were dominated by the altercation between Smith and Rock.