“Life-Changing Journey”: Jessica Chastain Describes Her Journey to Ukraine
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“Life Changing Journey”
Jessica Chastain describes her trip to Ukraine
9/2/2022 9:59 PM
Several Hollywood stars also show their solidarity with the country invaded by Russia by traveling to Ukraine. One of them is Oscar winner Jessica Chastain. Deeply moved, she now reports on her experiences.
Jessica Chastain took a look back on her Instagram trip to Ukraine in early August. “It took me a few weeks to process everything I saw on my trip to Kiev,” she begins her post, in which she shared a video clip featuring various images from her trip.
“We landed in Poland, drove for four hours and then took the train for another eleven. I was nervous and the length of the journey gave me time to calm down. I will now start to share with you what I have seen.” the actress, who can be seen in the video during a car ride and walking past destroyed houses.
One of the experiences of this “life-changing journey” was a visit to Ohmatdyt Children’s Hospital, she continues in her report. She had the opportunity to meet wonderful children and the director Volodymyr Zhovnir. “The children amazed me with their hope and strength. Many had been driven from their homes and spent months in the hospital,” Chastain explains.
Meeting with Zelenskyy
In the video, she shares impressions of her meeting with the children, one of whom gives her a handmade photo as a parting gift. “It is a huge humanitarian crisis in Ukraine,” Chastain ends her post. “We must not forget the innocents affected by senseless acts of violence. I will always be grateful to have met these sweet little children with big, brave hearts.”
In Kiev, the actress also met the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Andriy Yermak, the head of the presidential office. Zelenskyy then shared photos of Chastain’s visit via his Telegram account. “American actress Jessica Chastain is in Ukraine today,” he wrote. “For us, such visits from famous personalities are extremely valuable,” the president continued. “Thanks to you, the world will hear, know and understand even more the truth about what is happening in our country. Thank you for your support!”
Jessica Chastain, who won this year’s Best Actress Oscar for “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” has long supported Ukraine. She is not the first Hollywood star in the country since the Russian war of aggression: Ben Stiller paid a solidarity visit to Selenskyj in June and Sean Penn was in the country in February to shoot a documentary.