It wasn’t an ideal moment: After Will Smith’s freak, Jessica Chastain had to go on stage to give her acceptance speech.

Hollywood star Jessica Chastain recalls the tense atmosphere at the Oscars when she had to give her acceptance speech shortly after the slapping scandal.

“I ran into a very charged energy in this room,” said the 45-year-old British fashion platform “” about the moment when she was supposed to accept her Oscar on stage at the award gala at the end of March. Chastain won Best Actress for her role in The Eyes Of Tammy Faye, shortly after fellow actor Will Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock in the face.

“I was trying to figure out how to just breathe and calm down,” the actress recalled. “It was a strange evening.” During her speech, Chastain spoke out against intolerance and discrimination. “I didn’t know everything I was going to say and there were moments when I started to get emotional,” said the Hollywood star. However, she had previously thought about the topics for which she wanted to use this global stage if she was allowed to go up there.