Jessica Chastain’s portrayal of Lady Lucille Sharpe in Crimson Peak is downright bone-chilling, but the spookiness of the film’s ghost-tattered, romantic, Victorian-era drama didn’t stop loyal fans from waiting for her and co-stars Mia Wasikowska's and Tom Hiddleston's arrivals at the film's New York premiere.
Dressed in a green Lanvin dress with pearl-adorned detailing above the bust and matching Piaget jewels, Chastain elegantly made her way onto the red carpet. “I’m on a green kick, you know?” she charmingly told InStyle. “I was in London for The Martian premiere and I had a black dress with these huge green earrings. I like green and I’m wanting to wear it lately. Also, I loved the detail of these little pearls. It feels like kind of a '60s dress. I love it.”
The unsurprisingly friendly actress, who portrays a dark, villainous matron of well-kept secrets, revealed that she’s afraid of snakes and spiders, but went on to express her love for the film’s over-the-top costumes. “In the beginning, it’s super exiting because you’re trying on all this stuff and it looks so beautiful,” she said of wearing tightly wound corsets. “There's really no way to prepare for wearing a corset. I've done a lot of movies where I've had to wear them, like period films, you just kind of go, 'All right, it's what my life is going to be like for four months.' And you know you're not really going to eat a lot.”
Chastain, of course, wasn’t the only megawatt star on hand to celebrate the evening. Wasikowska elegantly arrived in a black Alexander McQueen design while Hiddleston nailed the dapper look in a rich navy suit. Wasikowska also loved the film’s wardrobe, adding, “It’s pretty brilliant,” while Hiddleston, who’ll be in character for his upcoming film, Kong: Skull Island, on Halloween, revealed his most memorable costume from years past: “I once dressed up. It sounds really boring but it was amazing: I grew up in Oxford and around the corner was a shop called Party Mania and they had all these costumes and they had this incredible, like this old, ancient man and I looked up in the catalogue and it was Old Father Time.”
His greatest fear? “My biggest fear is wasting time. My biggest fear is that I'll look back at my life and think I didn't spend it well,” he said. “But maybe I should just sort of relax and get on with the business of living. I honestly try not to allow myself to be governed by fear. It can get in the way of everything. That's what I think.”
The cast may have taken a moment to reflect on spooky memories ahead of the screening, with Chastain telling reporters she once thought a ghost haunted her London hotel room, but it was nothing but smiles and flowing champagne once guests proceeded to the New York Historical Society Museum and Library for a Piaget co-hosted after-party that included a crimson wall covered in 9,000 red roses and a dramatic display of jewels.
And while the celebration was a hit, it was the fashion that garnered buzz. “She owned it and made that work and would run around on them,” Kate Hawley, the film’s costume designer, said of Chastain’s seven-inch “stripper” platforms. “I was scared all the time—Jessica running down a three-story staircase in those heels. She kind of flew, really.”