Jessica Chastain Opens Up About How Robin Williams Made It Possible For Her To Attend College

Jessica Chastain Toronto International Film Festival September 2013

Since yesterday’s news that Robin Williams passed away, we’ve been hearing reactions from loved ones, colleagues and fans alike detailing what the actor meant to them personally. There’s one celebrity with a unique relationship to Robin who’s opening up about how he changed her life. That celebrity is Jessica Chastain, who shared on her Facebook page how grateful she is to Robin for making it possible for her to attend college, thanks to a scholarship he funded.

Here’s what Jessica shared with her fans, along with a photo of the actor:

“Robin Williams changed my life. He was a great actor and a generous person. Through a scholarship, he made it possible for me to graduate college. His generous spirit will forever inspire me to support others as he supported me. He will forever be missed.”

Jessica previously revealed in a 2011 interview that the scholarship she received to attend New York’s Juilliard School was funded by Robin Williams, explaining that she was the first in her family to go to college:

“It paid for my schooling, back and forth to go home for Christmas, books, everything. He actually made it possible for me to go to school there because my family were not incredibly wealthy and I was the first one to go to college.”

At the time, Jessica said she wanted to thank Robin personally for the effect he had on her life, but she had never actually met him in person. She shared that she once sat next to Robin in a restaurant but sadly didn’t get an opportunity to talk to him before he left. In 2013 Jessica appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and again expressed her desire to meet him. It’s not clear whether she ever did, but her story is a testament to Robin’s generosity, and we’re grateful that she shared it.

(Photo: Dennis Van Tine/Future Image/

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    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Ugh, I’m covered in goosebumps right now.

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    • Elizabeth Aspen

      I really believe that God or whatever you want to call it has a plan for all of us. What I’m taking away from everything I’m hearing about all the good Robin did in the world is that he may have fulfilled whatever mission he had on earth – to make people laugh and smile and feel special – and maybe it was just his time to go on and do something else now in another realm. Human beings can only stay trapped in their own heads for so long and maybe his depression was so far gone that he was at the point where he couldn’t continue to make people’s lives better. I don’t know, just spitballing here. Trying to find a reason for what happened.

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