Jessica Chastain has set the record straight about the viral clip of herself and co-star Oscar Isaac promoting Scenes From A Marriage at Venice Film Festival over the weekend.
The actress, 44, spoke about the slow-motion clip that broke the internet over the weekend as fans were left swooning over the moment in which Oscar, 42, was seen placing a tender kiss on his co-star’s inner arm.
Appearing on Wednesday’s Today show episode, the Zero Dark Thirty actress insisted that the longtime friends only looked ‘sexy’ because the footage had been slowed down.
Jessica stated: ‘We’re acting, but also Oscar and I have been friends — we went to college together — so we’ve been friends more than half of our lives.’
‘Let me just say, though, this is a slow-motion video, and everybody is super sexy in slow motion.’
She continued: ‘I think it was really funny because when you look at it in regular speed, I’m looking straight ahead and he looks over at me and he just kind of goes to give me a peck on my elbow, and at the same time, I’m going to give him a hug.
Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac’s now-famous armpit kiss was a slight accident (Picture: Marilla Sicilia/Archivio Marilla Sicilia/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
‘So all of a sudden, his face ends up in my armpit. He made a joke out of it. Look, he’s smiling there!’
The Help star laughed: ‘All the photographers started laughing, and were like, “What just happened?”‘.
The actress suggested that the internet’s response to the moment might have been caused by the lack of human interaction during the lockdown as she added: ‘We have all been locked in our houses for so long.
Jessica says the pair’s chemistry is down to the fact they’ve been friends for ‘more than half’ of their lives (Picture: Reuters)
‘When this video went viral, I was like, people just need to see people touch and hold each other.’
Jessica and Oscar first met when they both attended Juilliard together and the talented thespians went on to star opposite each other in 2014 flick, A Most Violent Year.
Opening up about their close bond, the Molly’s Game actress explained: ‘We know so much about each other, so we know how to make each other laugh without saying anything.
‘We can almost read each other’s minds. It also means we could hurt each other really strongly. In the scenes, we would know how to get to the other one.’
Earlier in the week, Jessica shared her reaction to the fanfare caused by the moment as she shared a playful image on Twitter.
The Zero Dark Thirty star made a nod to fan comparison of the pair to iconic couple Morticia and Gomez Addams of the titular family with a simple black and white image of The Addams Family characters from the 60s TV series.
Alongside a devil emoji, she captioned it with the release date of the pair’s series: ‘Sept 12th.’
Both stars are happily married to other people with Jessica married Moncler executive and Italian count Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo in June 2017, and they share two children together.
Isaac, meanwhile, tied the knot with Danish writer and director Elvira Lind in February 2017, and they share two sons.
The duo star in the American adaptation of the 1973 Swedish miniseries Scenes from a Marriage as Jonathan and Mira, a married couple whose relationship falls apart over several years.
Scenes from a Marriage premieres September 12 on HBO.