Jessica Chastain and Jeremy Strong hug at 2022 SAG Awards after she defended him for acting profile

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Jessica Chastain showed she was still good friends with Succession star Jeremy Strong when she shared a hug with him on Sunday at the 2022 Screen Actors Guild Awards.

The 44-year-old Oscar nominee reiterated her support for Strong, 43, after she previously spoke out in his favor in the wake of a controversial New Yorker profile detailing his extreme methods and preparation for his projects.

The longtime buddies were also in a good mood after she won Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role at the ceremony in Santa Monica, while he joined the rest of the Succession cast in taking home the trophy for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.

Still pals: Jessica Chastain, 44, confirmed her support for her friend Jeremy Strong, 43, at the 2022 SAG Awards on Sunday in Santa Monica by giving him a hug in the wake of his controversial New Yorker profile

Still pals: Jessica Chastain, 44, confirmed her support for her friend Jeremy Strong, 43, at the 2022 SAG Awards on Sunday in Santa Monica by giving him a hug in the wake of his controversial New Yorker profile

During some downtime at the ceremony, Chastain and Strong stopped to chat and she hugged him behind while smiling for photos.

The two also looked playful as they straightened up back-to-back and crossed the arms. 

Chastain looked glamorous in a sparkling Dior pantsuit, while the Succession star looked dashing in a velvet fuchsia suit.

She reiterated her support for her friend more than two months after he was the subject of a New Yorker profile by Michael Schulman that detailed his often-intense preparations for that show and other projects.

Having fun with it: Chastain hugged Strong and also playfully posed with her back to his while they folded their arms

Having fun with it: Chastain hugged Strong and also playfully posed with her back to his while they folded their arms

Suited up: looked glamorous in a sparkling Dior pantsuit, while the Succession star looked dashing in a velvet fuchsia suit

Suited up: looked glamorous in a sparkling Dior pantsuit, while the Succession star looked dashing in a velvet fuchsia suit

Winner: Strong and his costars won outstanding drama series ensemble for HBO's Succession, which was heavily featured in the New Yorker profile from December

Winner: Strong and his costars won outstanding drama series ensemble for HBO’s Succession, which was heavily featured in the New Yorker profile from December

Schulman noted some of the extremes that Strong went to to get his performances, including requesting that he be sprayed with real tear gas while filming Aaron Sorkin’s historical drama The Trial Of The Chicago 7.

In another anecdote, Strong walked around the set of a funeral scene while in the Robert Downey Jr.–starring film The Judge, in which he played the lead’s mentally disabled brother.

Despite not even being featured in the scene, he wanted to be expressing his emotions on set.

He even took his Succession performance so far that he injured himself several times on set. 

Going all out: Writer Michael Schulman noted how Strong injured himself several times on the Succession set, and he also went to extreme ends on other projects

Going all out: Writer Michael Schulman noted how Strong injured himself several times on the Succession set, and he also went to extreme ends on other projects

Speaking up: Costars Kieran Culkin and Brian Cox were quoted by supportive but lightly critical in the piece, which lit up social media

Speaking up: Costars Kieran Culkin and Brian Cox were quoted by supportive but lightly critical in the piece, which lit up social media

To the rescue: Though the profile wasn't a hatchet job, social media users mocked the most extreme anecdotes, prompting Chastain to defend her Zero Dark Thirty costar on Twitter on December 7

To the rescue: Though the profile wasn’t a hatchet job, social media users mocked the most extreme anecdotes, prompting Chastain to defend her Zero Dark Thirty costar on Twitter on December 7 

The New Yorker profile included lightly critical quotations from his costars Keiran Culkin and Brian Cox.

‘After the first season, he said something to me like, “I’m worried that people might think that the show is a comedy,”‘ Culkin recalled. ‘And I said, “I think the show is a comedy.” He thought I was kidding.’

Cox shared his admiration for Strong’s performances on screen but worried that he might be damaging himself long-term. 

‘The result that Jeremy gets is always pretty tremendous,’ he admitted. ‘I just worry about what he does to himself. I worry about the crises he puts himself through in order to prepare.’

Supportive:'Ive known Jeremy Strong for 20yrs & worked with him on 2 films. Hes a lovely person. Very inspiring & passionate about his work,' she wrote

Supportive: ‘Ive known Jeremy Strong for 20yrs & worked with him on 2 films. Hes a lovely person. Very inspiring & passionate about his work,’ she wrote

Biased:'The profile that came out on him was incredibly one sided. Don't believe everything you read folks,' she continued

Moving on: 'Snark sells but maybe its time we move beyond it,' she added

Biased: ‘The profile that came out on him was incredibly one sided. Don’t believe everything you read folks,’ she continued. ‘Snark sells but maybe its time we move beyond it’

Although the profile wasn’t a traditional take-down piece, many readers took it to be a mockery of Strong on social media and shared some of the most salacious bits about his extreme preparation, which is often incorrectly labeled Method acting.

Amid the surge of joking and critical tweets, Chastain and other former collaborators including Sorkin spoke out to defend Strong.

The actress, who costarred with Strong in Zero Dark Thirty, tweeted on December 7: ‘Ive known Jeremy Strong for 20yrs & worked with him on 2 films. Hes a lovely person. Very inspiring & passionate about his work. The profile that came out on him was incredibly one sided. Don’t believe everything you read folks.’

She added: ‘Snark sells but maybe its time we move beyond it.’ 

Winner! It was a big night for Chastain, who was'completely stunned' to be named best actress in a leading role for her work on The Eyes Of Tammy Faye

Winner! It was a big night for Chastain, who was ‘completely stunned’ to be named best actress in a leading role for her work on The Eyes Of Tammy Faye

Flying high: Strong celebrated his ensemble win with his costar Kieran Culkin after the show

Flying high: Strong celebrated his ensemble win with his costar Kieran Culkin after the show

It was a big night for Chastain, who was ‘completely stunned’ to be named best actress in a leading role for her work on The Eyes Of Tammy Faye.

Speaking on stage at Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar, she said: ‘Whoa. Wow. Okay I’m really surprised. Thank you SAG-AFTRA for this, I’m completely stunned. I’m the luckiest person ever…

‘I wanted to be an actor my whole life, and ever since I was a kid it was the only thing I ever really thought about, and there were years of studying and auditioning and not getting jobs. And I know what that feels like and I know the loneliness of what that feels like.

‘And so, for those of you who are struggling and feeling unseen I just want you to keep going because you’re one job away, I promise! And the thing that really kept me going was you. It was everyone in this room and it was this community.’

Although Strong lost out on his individual SAG nomination for lead actor (as did Culkin, Cox and Sarah Snook), the whole cast was honored with the prestigious ensemble award, with Cox delivering the acceptance speech.  

Leading the way: Brian Cox (R) delivered a stirring speech referencing the Russian attack on Ukraine while accepting the award for the rest of the cast

Leading the way: Brian Cox (R) delivered a stirring speech referencing the Russian attack on Ukraine while accepting the award for the rest of the cast

Fran Drescher, the newly-appointed SAG-AFTRA president, said last month: ‘After such a long time apart, we’re excited to be together again this year at the 28th annual Screen Actor’s Guild Awards.’ 

Rosario Dawson and Vanessa Hudgens named the nominees in a presentation via Instagram Live last month.  

Helen Mirren — who has received a total of five SAG Awards from 13 nominations — will receive the prestigious Lifetime Achievement honor.  

The accolades are given out by the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. 

Founded in 1952, the awards recognize outstanding performances in movie and prime time television. 

SAG AWARD WINNERS 2022

 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series

Murray Bartlett (‘The White Lotus’)

Oscar Isaac (‘Scenes From a Marriage’)

Michael Keaton (‘Dopesick’) – WINNER

Ewan McGregor (‘Halston’)

Evan Peters (‘Mare of Easttown’)

Emotional: Michael Keaton got tearful as he won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series for Dopesick

Emotional: Michael Keaton got tearful as he won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series for Dopesick

 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series

Jennifer Coolidge (‘The White Lotus’)

Cynthia Erivo (‘Genius: Aretha’)

Margaret Qualley (‘Maid’)

Jean Smart (‘Mare of Easttown’)

Kate Winslet (‘Mare of Easttown’) – WINNER

 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

Michael Douglas (‘The Kominsky Method’)

Brett Goldstein (‘Ted Lasso’)

Steve Martin (‘Only Murders in the Building’)

Martin Short (‘Only Murders in the Building’)

Jason Sudeikis (‘Ted Lasso’) – WINNER

Mind of a goldfish: Jason Sudeikis won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series for Ted Lasso

Mind of a goldfish: Jason Sudeikis won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series for Ted Lasso

 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

Elle Fanning (‘The Great’)

Sandra Oh (‘The Chair’)

Jean Smart (‘Hacks’) – WINNER

Juno Temple (‘Ted Lasso’)

Hannah Waddingham (‘Ted Lasso’)

 

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

‘The Great’ (Hulu)

‘Hacks’ (HBO Max)

‘The Kominsky Method’ (Netflix)

‘Only Murders in the Building’ (Hulu)

‘Ted Lasso’ (Apple TV Plus) – WINNER

 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

Brian Cox (‘Succession’)

Billy Crudup (‘The Morning Show’)

Kieran Culkin (‘Succession’)

Lee Jung-Jae (‘Squid Game’) – WINNER

Jeremy Strong (‘Succession’)

Epic: Lee Jung-Jae beat out three actors from Succession to earn Actor in a Drama Series for Squid Game

Epic: Lee Jung-Jae beat out three actors from Succession to earn Actor in a Drama Series for Squid Game

 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

Jennifer Aniston (‘The Morning Show’)

Jung Ho-yeon (‘Squid Game’) – WINNER

Elizabeth Moss (‘The Handmaid’s Tale’)

Sarah Snook (‘Succession’)

Reese Witherspoon (‘The Morning Show’)

Stunner: Jung Ho-yeon also won for Squid Game

Stunner: Jung Ho-yeon also won for Squid Game

  

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ (Hulu)

‘The Morning Show’ (Apple TV Plus)

‘Squid Game’ (Netflix)

‘Succession’ (HBO) – WINNER

‘Yellowstone’ (Paramount Network)

Icon: Brian Cox accepted the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series on behalf of the Succession cast

Icon: Brian Cox accepted the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series on behalf of the Succession cast

 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Caitríona Balfe (‘Belfast’)

Cate Blanchett (‘Nightmare Alley’)

Ariana DeBose (‘West Side Story’) – WINNER

Kirsten Dunst (‘The Power of the Dog’)

Ruth Negga (‘Passing)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Ben Affleck (‘The Tender Bar’)

Bradley Cooper (‘Licorice Pizza’)

Troy Kotsur (‘CODA’) – WINNER

Jared Leto (‘House of Gucci’)

Kodi Smit-McPhee (‘The Power of the Dog’)

History: Troy Kotsur became the first ever deaf individual to win a SAG Award for his role in CODA

History: Troy Kotsur became the first ever deaf individual to win a SAG Award for his role in CODA

 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Jessica Chastain (‘The Eyes of Tammy Faye’) – WINNER

Olivia Colman (‘The Lost Daughter’)

Lady Gaga (‘House of Gucci’)

Jennifer Hudson (‘Respect’)

Nicole Kidman (‘Being the Ricardos’)

Can't believe it: Jessica Chastain was shocked as she won Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for The Eyes Of Tammy Faye

Can’t believe it: Jessica Chastain was shocked as she won Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for The Eyes Of Tammy Faye

 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Javier Bardem (‘Being the Ricardos’)

Benedict Cumberbatch (‘The Power of the Dog’)

Andrew Garfield (‘Tick, Tick … Boom!’)

Will Smith (‘King Richard’) – WINNER

Denzel Washington (‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’)

Ace: Will Smith won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for King Richard

Ace: Will Smith won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for King Richard

 

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

‘Belfast’ (Focus Features)

‘CODA’ (Apple Original Films) – WINNER

‘Don’t Look Up’ (Netflix)

‘House of Gucci’ (MGM/United Artists Releasing)

‘King Richard’ (Warner Bros) 

 

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture 

‘Black Widow’

‘Dune’

‘The Matrix Resurrections’

‘No Time to Die’ – WINNER

‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’

 

 Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series

‘Cobra Kai’

‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’

‘Loki’

‘Mare of Easttown’

‘Squid Game’ – WINNER

 

 

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