Jessica Chastain Jokes Her Italian In-Laws "Hate" Her

While appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the Molly's Game actress talked about the barriers she had to overcome while visiting her husband's family in Italy

By Elyse Dupre Jan 04, 2018 2:08 PMTags

Not everyone gets along with the in-laws.

While appearing on Wednesday's episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, Jessica Chastain jokingly told the host her in-laws "hate" her.

The Molly's Game actress recently spent the holidays in Italy with her husband Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo, her parents and her in-laws. Because her family doesn't speak Italian and his family doesn't speak English, there was a bit of a language barrier. 

"It's a very quiet holiday, but there's a lot of pointing and a lot of food," she said. 

However, this wasn't the only hurdle the families had to overcome. Chastain also told Jimmy Kimmel there were differences in terms of meal preferences. For instance, Chastain said Americans tend to eat very quickly while Italians enjoy more leisurely meals that last for hours. So even if she was full after one or two courses, her mother-in-law would put more food on her plate.

"So I have a trick now that I just push the food around on the plate for four hours," she said.

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What's more, Chastain is vegan. So, she doesn't eat cheese, chicken broth or other ingredients traditionally found in Italian cooking.

"Do you think they hate you? Do you think the family doesn't like you?" Kimmel jokingly asked her after learning all of this.

"Maybe," she quipped. "Maybe that's why it's so quiet."

"It's not that they don't speak English," Kimmel teased back.

"They just hate me," she jokingly said. 

Watch the video to hear Chastain tell the story.

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The Golden Globe-nominated actress still has plenty of time to bring the families even closer together. She and her fashion executive hubby just tied the knot in June.