Jessica Chastain became one of the breakout stars of 2012 and she kicks off the new year on stylish form as InStyle's stunning new cover girl. After speaking about her whirlwind year, what's next and her love life she cemented her status as our latest crush…

Known for keeping her love life low-key, Jessica explained why she's not keen on dating anyone from her industry: “No actors. I have dated an actor before, at Juilliard, but since then, I’ve only been on a couple of dates with one and I was so freaked out someone was going to take a picture of us, because they were famous."

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Of her own rise to fame the redhead is endearingly modest, saying of her part as Celia Foote in The Help: "Fame and money have not been my goals. We were all cast before the success of the novel. Thank God, because they would have never ever given me Celia had people known how big it would become."

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With a Golden Globe nomination under her belt for Zero Dark Thirty, 2013 looks just as bright for Jessica.

Read the full interview in InStyle's February issue, out now.