Jessica Chastain looks chic in a polka dot dress with matching heels before discussing playing a recovering alcoholic in Memory while on Today

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Jessica Chastain looked stunning in in a retro-looking black and white polka dot dress and leather trench coat on Thursday.

The Help actress, 46, made a stop at the Today show to promote her new film Memory, which also stars Peter Sarsgaard, 52, and Josh Charles, 52.

The Academy Award winner looked like a 1940s screen siren in the classic silhouette which fell to just below her knees.

She paired the dress with matching black pumps with white polka dot pumps.

The Molly’s Game star wore her long red hair parted on the side and flowing down her back. 

Jessica Chastain looked stunning in in a retro-looking black and white polka dot dress and leather trench coat on Thursday

She sat down with four others while on the Today show

She sat down with four others while on the Today show

In Memory, The Eyes of Tammy Faye actress plays a single mom and social worker named Sylvia who has to confront her traumatic past when she has a surprise encounter with on old classmate, Saul.

Sylvia is a recovering alcoholic who works at an adult day care facility. 

Jessica explained that the film was super low budget and she did her own hair and makeup and shopped for her costumes at Target and thrift stores.

‘I did my own hair… It was such a nice change of pace after all the makeup in The Eyes of Tammy Faye and the Oscars.’

In the film she attends her high school reunion and Saul follows her home but doesn’t remember her as he has early onset dementia. 

To prepare for the role, Jessica worked in an adult day care center in New York City, which helped her wrap her mind around the life of her character and the budget a social worker would have for her clothing and lifestyle. 

Jessica expanded on her role during a virtual Q&A with Film Independent, saying: ‘With Sylvia, so much is about how we meet her and how she walks through life and what she leads with.

‘She leads with trauma, she leads with the memory of her past. She leads with shame.

The Help actress, 46, made a stop at the Today Show to promote her new film Memory, which also stars Peter Sarsgaard , 52, and Josh Charles, 52

The Help actress, 46, made a stop at the Today Show to promote her new film Memory, which also stars Peter Sarsgaard , 52, and Josh Charles, 52

The Academy Award winner looked like a 1940s screen siren in the classic silhouette which fell to just below her knees

The Academy Award winner looked like a 1940s screen siren in the classic silhouette which fell to just below her knees

Chastain with Peter Sarsgaard in the trailer for Memory

Chastain with Peter Sarsgaard in the trailer for Memory

Jessica explained that the film was super low budget and she did her own hair and makeup and shopped for her costumes at Target and thrift stores. 'I did my own hair... It was such a nice change of pace after all the makeup in The Eyes of Tammy Faye and the Oscars'

Jessica explained that the film was super low budget and she did her own hair and makeup and shopped for her costumes at Target and thrift stores. ‘I did my own hair… It was such a nice change of pace after all the makeup in The Eyes of Tammy Faye and the Oscars’

‘She’s a sober person, and has been for 13 years and I had to really fill out the blanks of what her life has been to make it as specific as possible.

‘The questions of – what really happened to her?

‘When you make something feel as though you understand memories as if they are your own, it helps me play the character.’

Memory hits theaters on December 22 in New York and Los Angeles and will be released nationally on January 5. 

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