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Cate Blanchett interviewed by Harper’s Bazaar Mexico and Vogue Netherlands #SaySì

Cate Blanchett interviewed by Harper’s Bazaar Mexico and Vogue Netherlands #SaySì

Hey everyone!

Cate Blanchett spoke to Harper’s Bazaar Mexico and Vogue Netherlands to promote the new fragrance Sì by Giorgio Armani. Both interviews are also part of the promotional events in which Cate met with several magazines during The Present season on Broadway. Enjoy the reading!

Harper’s Bazaar Mexico April 2017


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Vogue Netherlands May 2017

A touch of Cate

Cate Blanchett is ongelooflijk veelzijdig: ze staat op Broadway in The Present, is het gezicht van de nieuwe Armani-geur Sì Rose Signature en werd benoemd tot VN-ambassadeur. Vogue sprak haar in New York: ‘Ongecensureerd en direct, daar hou ik van!

Broadway – het beroemde Barrymore-theater gonst van de bezoekers. Door de statige deuren, omlijst met klassieke ruches van rode stof, stromen de toeschouwers binnen, in pak of feestelijke jurk, speurend naar hun plekje tussen de goudkleurige balkons. Nog een laatste keer de smartphone checken – het is en blijft New York – en dan doven de kroonluchters. Ik laat me net wat dieper in mijn pluchen stoel zakken. Het doek gaat op.
Daar staat ze, als enige op het podium, in een lange blauwe jurk, met één been leunend op de zitting van een houten stoel. Een haast koninklijke pose: trots, sierlijk, elegant. Nog voor ze zich ook maar verroert, davert een warm applaus door de zaal. Want ja, het is toch écht Cate Blanchett (47) die daar op het podium staat, de Australische actrice die twee Oscars en drie Golden Globes op haar uitgebreide palmares heeft prijken, die geroemd wordt om haar indringende vertolkingen, haar schoonheid en intelligentie.
Roerloos, met een hint van een glimlach om haar lippen, neemt ze het applaus in ontvangst. Dan begint haar Broadwaydebuut, een drie uur durende bewerking van Anton Tsjechovs eerste toneelstuk. Andrew Upton – de Australische schrijver met wie Cate twintig jaar geleden trouwde en vier kinderen heeft – bewerkte Tsjechovs tekst en laat het Rusland van de negentiende eeuw resoneren in modern New York. In The Present, zoals de voorstelling heet, wordt vooral Cate door critici gelauwerd om haar acteerprestatie.

COMPLEXE MANNEN
Een halfuur na de zinderende finale, daalt Cate in leren kokerrok op torenhoge hakken elegant de trap af naar de theatersalon, waar de verzamelde pers haar opwacht. In haar filmrollen heeft de actrice vaak iets statigs en verhevens: de koude monarch in Elizabeth, de verveelde upper-class wife in Carol, de etherische elfenkoningin in The Lord of The Rings. Maar hier, in de pluchen warmte van het Barrymore-theater, is ze vooral down-to-earth met een opvallend diepe stem en een aanstekelijke, ongedwongen lach.
Twee keer een voorstelling van drie uur spelen op dezelfde dag en dan nog fris en monter voor de pers verschijnen, dat moet heel wat vergen, suggereer ik. Cate schudt het hoofd: ‘Nee, dit werk is niet wat me wakker houdt. Ik ben moe omdat ik gisteren tot twee uur ’s nachts op CNN en Al Jazeera heb gekeken naar wat er allemaal in de wereld gebeurt. Veel mensen zijn boos, ik wil hun woede begrijpen. Ik wil het nieuws van alle kanten zien.’
In The Present wordt af en toe raak uitgehaald naar de politieke actualiteit, maar er zit ook verrassend veel humor in de tekst. Enthousiast: ‘Mensen vergeten vaak hoe grappig Tsjechov is.’ Het is een complex schrijver, beaam ik. Cate buigt zich naar me toe en fluistert op ironische toon: ‘Het spijt me je dit te moeten vertellen, maar álle mannen zijn complex.’
Achterin, op de trap, handen om gebogen knieën, zit een jongen van een jaar of tien. Afwisselend bewonderend en verveeld kijkt hij naar de kakelende menigte. Dan raapt hij zijn moed bij elkaar en schuifelt tussen de mensen naar Cate, slaat zijn armen stevig om haar benen. Cate schrikt, kijkt om, ziet haar zoon en lacht vertederd. Het is half twaalf en mooi geweest; mama moet mee naar huis.

NIET IN STEEN GEBEITELD
Gedurende de speelperiode van The Present verblijft Cate met haar man en kinderen in New York. Samen hebben ze drie zoons: Dashiell (15), Roman (13) en Ignatius (11). Twee jaar geleden adopteerden ze dochter Edith (2).
Eigenlijk is het vreemd dat Cate nooit eerder op Broadway heeft gestaan. Ze knikt: ‘Andrew en ik wilden het al een lange tijd, maar de speeltijd van Broadwayshows is drie tot zes maanden en het bleek onmogelijk om onze agenda’s samen zo lang vrij te houden.’ Met haar man runde ze van 2008 tot 2013 de Sydney Theatre Company, een van de meest gerenommeerde gezelschappen van Australië. ‘Nu we het theater niet meer leiden, is veel meer mogelijk.’

Hoe is het voor haar om voor het eerst op Broadway te spelen? ‘Het publiek is heel betrokken en divers. Maar Andrew en ik zijn vooral trots om met deze voorstelling Australisch talent ? bij een Amerikaans publiek te kunnen introduceren.’
Tijdens de repetities voor The Present ging het er regelmatig heftig aan toe: ‘Andrews tekst staat niet in steen gebeiteld, hij is vooral benieuwd wat de acteurs ermee gaan doen. Voor ons is de repetitieruimte een plek waar we met de hele groep discussiëren, soms zelfs ruziën over conflicterende ideeën. Gelukkig nemen we die conflicten niet mee naar huis.’
Lukt het bij zo’n nauwe samenwerking met haar partner om het werk achter te laten? Lachend: ‘We moeten wel; met vier kinderen heb je geen tijd om over werk te praten.’ Met lichtspijtige ondertoon ‘Of überhaupt te praten!’

SLINGERENDE BEHA
Cate Blanchett is geboren in Melbourne en groeide op met een oudere broer en een jongere zus. Haar moeder is een Australische onderwijzeres, haar vader was een Amerikaans marineofficier die later werkte in de reclamewereld. Toen ze tien jaar oud was, stierf Cate’s vader onverwachts. Haar moeder is nooit hertrouwd.
Op de middelbare school ontdekte Cate haar passie voor acteren en tijdens een reis in Egypte werd ze gevraagd voor een figurantenrol als cheerleader in ruil voor vijf Egyptische ponden en een falafel. Toen ze op de set kwam waar een man in het Arabisch door een megafoon schreeuwde, waar het warm was en het wachten lang, hield ze het voor gezien. Haar filmdebuut zou nog even op zich laten wachten.
Na die reis werd ze toegelaten tot het prestigieuze National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney. Film was geen prioriteit. Cate: ‘Ik was bezig met theater en dacht eerlijk gezegd niet dat een filmcarrière ooit mogelijk zou zijn. Theater is en blijft mijn grote liefde. Je hebt er zo’n directe, dynamische relatie met je toeschouwers. Dat maakt het voor mij bevredigend. Bij film heb je nauwelijks zicht op de reacties, critici kunnen in hun recensies totaal anders reageren dan het publiek. Ik hou van de rauwe, eerlijke respons in het theater.’
Zoals de lach die door de zaal galmt als Cate in The Present frummelt aan haar beha, hem onder haar jurk vandaan trekt en met een boog wegslingert. Een opvallende move. Ze glimlacht: ‘Dat heeft alles te maken met de moeder van Andrew. Tijdens het schrijven van The Present is ze helaas overleden. Ze had de gewoonte om aan het einde van lunches of feestjes iets dergelijks te doen. Andrew heeft het een plek gegeven in de voorstelling.’

‘Mijn dagelijks leven heeft veel weg van een militaire operatie’

Cate acteert, regisseert en produceert, maar haar creatieve curriculum reikt verder: op het Holland Festival is deze zomer Manifesto te zien, een indrukwekkende beeldende-kunstinstallatie van Julian Rosefeldt, waar Cate op negen schermen evenveel rollen vertolkt.
‘Beeldende kunst inspireert me. Julian en ik waren al langere tijd van plan om samen iets te maken. Toen hij zijn idee voor Manifesto met me deelde, was ik meteen enthousiast. Het project ging fast and furious; we filmden negen dagen lang, er was nauwelijks repetitietijd. De film is grotendeels uit improvisatie ontstaan: ongecensureerd en direct, daar hou ik van. Ik vind het een uitdaging om toeschouwers te verleiden zich te verhouden tot een manifest. We leven in moreel verwerpelijke tijden, waarin elke vorm van idealisme gewantrouwd wordt. Iedereen die een creatief geluid laat horen wordt elitair genoemd en dus gemarginaliseerd. Ik vind het mooi om met dit kunstwerk terug te gaan naar een tijd waarin mensen hun overtuiging en idealen durfden te delen.’
Beschouwt ze de installatie als een statement? Ze krult haar lippen, schudt het hoofd: ‘Statements interesseren me niet. Het is een twijfelachtig voorrecht om op dit moment in Amerika te leven. Het zijn turbulente tijden en ik vind het als vrouw schokkend en ontmoedigend wat hier allemaal gebeurt. Maar de onrust heerst niet alleen hier in Amerika; wereldwijd worden grote groepen gemarginaliseerd. Vijfenzestig miljoen mensen zijn op drift, een situatie die alleen kan verbeteren door intensieve samenwerking, niet door het zaaien van nog meer haat en verdeeldheid.’

ROZE MUTS
Vorig jaar werd Cate aangesteld als wereldwijd Goodwill Ambassador voor de Verenigde Naties. Ze werkte mee aan de korte film What They Took With Them, gebaseerd op getuigenissen van vluchtelingen: ‘Hun schrijnende verhalen raken me, maar ook hun onvoorstelbare veerkracht en optimisme. Ik kom uit een land dat gekoloniseerd is door de Nederlanders en de Engelsen, een land dat door migranten is opgericht. Toen ik op school zat, was de multiculturele samenleving iets om te vieren – hoe anders is het nu! Gelukkig zijn er nog steeds miljoenen mensen bereid om op te staan en te vechten voor het kloppende hart van een land als Amerika.’
Onder hen Cate zelf, die op Broadway betoogde in een gebreide roze pussyhat, een initiatief van feministen die tijdens manifestaties met de roze muts met oortjes niet alleen hun eigen solidariteit maar ook die van de mutsenmakers vertegenwoordigen. ‘Ik heb mijn muts van een vrouw gekregen die er maar liefst tweeduizend had gebreid. Kun je je dat voorstellen? Dat is pas engagement!’
Zonder opsmuk of poeha liep Cate tussen de betogers, dochter Edith op haar arm. ‘Wat mij vooral ergert is de wijze waarop het discours zich aan het ontwikkelen is: vluchtelingen zijn ineens immigranten en worden in één adem terroristen. De woorden versmelten, maar het zijn woorden met een heel andere betekenis.’ Ze benadrukt met haar zangerige, lage stem: veeeery different.
‘Het merendeel van de vluchtelingen is kind, weggerukt van de ouders, vaak fysiek gehavend door granaatscherven; als ouder vind ik dat hartverscheurend. Want, eerlijk waar, ik zou ook vluchten. Als ik in een dergelijke situatie zou verkeren met mijn vier kinderen, zou ik ook vertrekken en ik ben ervan overtuigd dat iedereen in die positie precies hetzelfde zou doen. Er is op de wereld een schrijnende behoefte aan meer empathie en medeleven.’

‘Be present! Voor mij draait schoonheid om presence, er helemaal durven zijn’

Ervaar je als celebrity een verantwoordelijkheid om je uit te spreken?
Ze veert op: ‘Iedereen heeft die verantwoordelijkheid! Of je nou acteur bent, of niet. Ik ben niet geïnteresseerd in politiek; mijn werk voor de VN is apolitiek. Mij gaat het om rechtvaardigheid, een menswaardig bestaan voor de meest kwetsbaren onder ons. Vrouwenkiesrecht schaadt niemand, maar white supremacy schaadt een heleboel mensen – dat is het grote verschil. Voor mij ligt de oplossing in praten en positief benaderen. Ik ben ervan overtuigd dat we, ondanks alles, vol vertrouwen moeten blijven, bewust van onze waarden en rechten. Als we die niet zomaar krijgen, eisen we ze op.’

KATTENJAREN
Cate is het stralende gezicht van Giorgio Armani’s parfumcollectie Sì, een professionele verwantschap die al heel vroeg begon: ‘Met mijn eerste loonstrook kocht ik een schitterend pak van Armani – ik heb het nog steeds. Ik draag graag mannenkleren. Ik hou ervan om vrouw te zijn binnen een mannelijke esthetiek, een dualiteit die Armani in zijn ontwerpen meesterlijk integreert. Als tiener struinde al ik tweedehandszaken af op zoek naar mooie mannenpakken. De combinatie van een goedgesneden pantalon en colbert is voor mij de meest comfortabele kleding die er bestaat.’
Inmiddels is Giorgio Armani een goede vriend. ‘Regelmatig schrijft hij me om te vertellen wat hij van een specifieke uitvoering of filmrol vindt.’ Per mail? ‘Nee,’ ze schudt fervent het hoofd. ‘Altijd handgeschreven brieven. Mijnheer Armani is een overtuigd brievenschrijver.’

Als je Cate vraagt naar haar kijk op uiterlijke schoonheid, volgt een kort en krachtig antwoord: ‘Ik denk er zo weinig mogelijk over na. Ik ben heel praktisch ingesteld, gebruik al vijftien jaar dezelfde huidverzorging. Ik geloof in de oosterse benadering van schoonheid: in alles wat perfect is, schuilt een imperfectie. Juist de imperfectie maakt een vrouw of man aantrekkelijk. In het westen zijn we zo geobsedeerd door symmetrie, een ideaalbeeld dat niet haalbaar is en, eerlijk gezegd, niet eens mooi.’
Actricejaren, zei ze eens, tellen als kattenjaren; je moet ze vermenigvuldigen met zeven, Cate is inmiddels de honderd gepasseerd. Toch wordt van filmactrices iets als ‘de eeuwige jeugd’ verwacht. Ze knikt: ‘Er ligt in het algemeen veel druk op vrouwen om er jong uit te blijven zien. Voor mannen is dat anders, die worden er minder mee geconfronteerd. Schoonheid draait voor mij in de eerste plaats om presence, aanwezig durven zijn, helemaal. Als je moe ben of gestrest, merk je dat meteen in je uitstraling. Be present. Zorg goed voor jezelf, wees betrokken bij je omgeving en richt je zo weinig mogelijk op wat anderen beschouwen als zogenaamd aantrekkelijk.’

‘Na elke rol denk ik:That’s it, I’m done!’

Volgende week rondt ze de opnames af van Ocean’s Eight, een spin-offvan de Ocean’s Eleven-reeks, met, voor de afwisseling, een voornamelijk vrouwelijke cast. ‘Stephen Soderbergh is een vriend van me en hij kwam met het voorstel: een sidestep van de franchise met Sandra Bullock in de rol van Danny Oceans zus. Ik ben dol op Sandy en toen ik de andere namen van de cast hoorde, wist ik zeker dat ik het project wilde doen.’
Ocean’s Eight wemelt van de krachtige actrices: naast Cate Blanchett en Sandra Bullock doen Helena Bonham Carter, Katie Holmes, Anne Hathaway, Dakota Fanning, Olivia Munn en zelfs Rihanna mee. Cate: ‘Als ik een rol krijg aangeboden, check ik eerst: met wie ga ik werken? Wat wordt de cast? Zou ik de film zelf willen zien? Is hij relevant? Veel later pas, kijk ik naar mijn eigen rol.’

ZO VAAK MOGELIJK JA
Aan elk project gaat voor Cate een proces van wikken en wegen vooraf: ‘Ik neem mezelf niet al te serieus, maar mijn werk wel. Bloedserieus. Elk project vraagt veel commitment, toewijding en tijd. Ik ben een moeder van vier, dus het moet de investering waard zijn, anders kan ik beter thuisblijven bij de kinderen.’
Voor haar rol in Ocean’s Eight moest ze volgens het contract topfit zijn; ze kreeg voor het eerst een personal trainer. Grote ogen: ‘Dat was bruut! Eindelijk begrijp ik hoe het voelt, het is een hel, maar je krijgt er veel energie voor terug.’

Heb je weleens ergens spijt van?
‘Oh,’ ze rolt met haar ogen: ‘I am full of regret! Kleine dingen als vergeten te sporten. Een trainingsschema volhouden is niet makkelijk als je laat thuiskomt en de kinderen in alle vroegte naar school moet brengen. Maar ik ben geen fan van spijt; ik heb een vol leven en er moet al zoveel, ergens wil ik stoom afblazen. Ik zeg: maak fouten, maar maak ze niet opnieuw.’

In haar vijfentwintigjarige carrière heeft Cate prachtrollen vertolkt en daarvoor alle lof ontvangen. Toch denkt ze bij elk project dat het haar laatste is: ‘Na elke rol roep ik: that’s it, I’m done! Ik moet steeds opnieuw verleid worden om te spelen. Luister, er is zo ontzettend veel te doen op de wereld en ik vind het moeilijk om nee te zeggen, dus ik zeg zo vaak mogelijk ja – waarom zou je anders leven?’ —

CATE’S SIDEPROJECTS
Lees er meer over op: unhcr.org en pussyhatproject.com. Filminstallatie Manifesto is te zien op het Holland Festival (3 tot 25 juni) hollandfestival.nl.

[Videos + Photos] Louis Vuitton Masters: A Colaboration with Jeff Koons

[Videos + Photos] Louis Vuitton Masters: A Colaboration with Jeff Koons

Last Tuesday, Cate Blanchett attended a dinner at the Louvre in celebration of Louis Vuitton colaboration with Jeff Koons for a new collection of bags. She was photographed by Patrick Demarchelier and interviewed during the event. Enjoy the pics and videos released by Louis Vuitton:

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[Video] Behind-the-Scenes with Cate Blanchett – SK-II

[Video] Behind-the-Scenes with Cate Blanchett – SK-II

Hi everyone!

An old behind-the-scenes with Cate Blanchett for SK-II has emerged. The video shows makeup artist Mary Greenwell using SK-II products to create Cate’s flawless look. Enjoy the video and caps below!

Behind-the-Scenes with Cate Blanchett – SK-II-HD from Inma Varandela on Vimeo.


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Manifesto goes to Poland, Greece, Germany and South Korea

Manifesto goes to Poland, Greece, Germany and South Korea

Hey everybody!

Manifesto will be shown in many festivals around the world. See more info below!

Poland (17th T_Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival)
When: August 3-13, 2017
Where: Wroclaw, Poland
Official website: http://www.nowehoryzonty.pl/
About Manifesto: Click Here

Greece ( Athens & Epidaurus Festival 2017)
When: Manifesto > 1 June – 19 July 2017 – 21h
Where: Athens, Greece
Official website: http://greekfestival.gr/
About Manifesto: Click Here

Germany (Biennial of the Moving Image)
When: November 28 – December 3, 2017
Where: Frankfurt Main
Official website: http://www.b3biennale.de/
About Manifesto: Click Here

South Korea (18th Jeonju International Film Festival)
When: Manifesto > April 30, May 4 and May 5, 2017
Where: Jeonju, South Korea
Official website: http://jiff.or.kr/
About Manifesto: Click Here

RED: The Soundtrack of Cate Blanchett Starring Short has been released

RED: The Soundtrack of Cate Blanchett Starring Short has been released

Hey everyone!

On April 7, Lakeshore Records released a soundtrack album to Del Kathryn Barton’s live action short film, RED, starring two-time Academy Award® Winner Cate Blanchett, Alex Russell, Arella Plater, and the Sydney Dance Company’s Charmene Yap.
The album features original score composed by Tom Schutzinger and is currently available exclusively on Bandcamp but it will be released through all major digital retailers on April 14. Visit Amazon or Itunes to pre-order the album.

Here’s the album track list*:

1. Mother
2. Bed
3. Dead
4. Road
5. Red

Check out a free track on youtube:

Here’s the album cover:

*Bandicamp’s album version includes an extra compilation track entitled Album preview, unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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11 Page Digital Booklet featuring artwork and stills from the film. (BUY Here)

Booklet sample

The Art Gallery of South Australia also announced some weeks ago that its shop was selling the soundtrack and the poster of the exhibition.

RED opened earlier this year at the Art Gallery of South Australia (screening through April 30), as part of the 2017 Adelaide Festival and will be shown in New York (open June 1st at NYC’s Albertz Benda Gallery) , and later in 2017 at the National Gallery of Victoria.

About Tom Schutzinger:
Tom Schutzinger has worked in the film industry for over 13 years and has been a touring musician for more than two decades, Tom founded the band Decoder Ring. Tom’s films include SOMERSAULT, JEWBOY, YOLK, LUCKY COUNTRY, CAUGHT INSIDE and THE PACK.

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Film Music Reporter
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Thor Ragnarok’s teaser trailer is here! See Cate Blanchett as Hela!

Thor Ragnarok’s teaser trailer is here! See Cate Blanchett as Hela!

Hey guys!

Marvel just released Thor Ragnarok’s teaser trailer! See the video below!

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Terrence Malick’s ‘Song to Song’: first stills featuring Cate Blanchett

Terrence Malick’s ‘Song to Song’: first stills featuring Cate Blanchett

Hey everyone!

Finally we have some images of Cate Blanchett in the new Terrence Malick film, Song to Song, staring Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman. Cate plays Amanda. Thanks to Fab Cate Blanchett on Twitter for the news. Enjoy the photos!

via Allo Cine

Theater Talk: Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh in “The Present”

Theater Talk: Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh in “The Present”

Hello everybody!

The full episode of Theater Talk featuring Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh is finally available.
Watch below!



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Cate Blanchett on Female Judgment and How She’s Moisturized for Over a Decade

Hey everyone!

New promotional interview for SK II and one more beautiful photo!

Judi Dench once compared Cate Blanchett’s complexion to that of a white peach. It’s not entirely a euphemism — in person on the morning of the blizzard, Blanchett’s skin appears firm, refreshingly tan-free, supported by excellent bone structure, and yet, without an overdone layer of Hollywood gloss (nary any obvious contour, highlight, or anything you might find on Instagram). Minus a brief stint when she played Bob Dylan and actively tried to moisturize less so that her complexion was more true to the musician, Blanchett has been keeping herself exquisitely moisturized for 13 years with SK-II, the legendary Japanese beauty brand for which she has been a spokesmodel for 13 years (it’s one of the longest-running spokesmodel gigs in the business). The Academy Award winner is very convincing, as she talks to me about why she believes she’s found the One when it comes to skin care, how she’s looked beyond lip service to truly recognize flaws as beautiful, aging without judgment, and why she’s very, very blonde in the upcoming Ocean’s Eight movie.

I read that you loved facial mists so much that you managed to convince SK-II to make one.
I’ve been pestering them for a long time! I used to decant it into a spray bottle. I would put it on in the morning or during the day over makeup. I found working in film, particularly with HD, putting powder on really reads on camera. If you spray the Essence on it, it sets the makeup, and keep you looking hydrated. Finally, after about ten years of working with them, they did it [SK-II Mid-Day Essence Spray]! I was very pleased.

What do you do for your skin when you’re traveling?
Well, the Essence is it. I carry that with me all the time. The Facial Treatment Oil is hydrating. I’ll take a Facial Treatment Mask and an Eye Mask. Or I’ll decant a little of the LXP cream. I like to decant the LXP cream, too.

Do you still get strange looks when you’re doing a mask on a plane?

Um. I guess I do. But I’ve done it for so long. I usually wait till the lights are out, but I forget I’ve got them on. You don’t want to eat through them, that gets a bit ugly. If you leave them on too long, you realize how dehydrating the plane is. After 20 minutes, it goes completely dry.

We’re excited about your new role in Ocean’s Eight. Can you tell me about it and how you’re conceptualizing the character?
It’s a great, great bunch of women. I’ve been in the same movie with Helena [Bonham Carter], but never acted with her. I’ve never worked with Anne [Hathaway], but she’s gorgeous. And it was great to finally work with Sandy [Bullock].

We wanted to make sure everyone in the film had a distinct look. That’s the fun of the film — that these unlikely bunch of people are bound together to pull off a heist. You would look at them on a subway train, or walking down the street, and not be able to see how they could connect.

I worked with the costume designer, hair and makeup team to design my look. It’s part of the fun. A lot of times, people think your role as an actor is passive, but it’s not. For me, my character is a nightclub owner, so I looked punk into the ’80s. In the film, you’ll see I’m very, very blonde and bleached. My character moved through the punk, but we used that as an initial starting point. I’m very visually stimulated, and sometimes it can be a gallery image or piece of music that will inspired me. I’d been listening to a lot of Siouxsie Sioux during Thor and thought about that period, so that was influential to me.

People often use the word “perfect” to describe you. Does that surprise you?
They should see me at 6 a.m. I just try to look the best I can at whatever age I am. I’m interested in fashion and how people express themselves differently though clothing over time. I’m not interested in fashion when it comes to skin care. My skin is in pretty good condition and has been stable, because I found something that really works for me, and I’ve stuck with it.

How have your ideas about beauty evolved?
Well, it’s constantly changing. People talk about the idea of perfection, but I love that the Japanese idea about beauty involves flaws. Like, if you got a beautiful ceramic pot there would be a flaw in it. And the flaw in it is beautiful. A beautiful flower arrangement is always slightly asymmetric. It allows for a greater sense of people’s individuality. I always find people attractive when they are comfortable with their own skin and not trying to be someone else, but their best selves. They might have a slightly big nose or asymmetric eyes or interesting hair, but there’s a naturalness to them.

Some people are embarrassed by extensive beauty routines, or to even care about beauty at all, for fear it can make them seem vain. What do you think?
The best piece of advice is to wear sunscreen and not go out in the harsh Australian sun. You could say that’s looking after your skin. From a vanity perspective, you don’t want to be old and wrinkly. But it’s also protected my skin. It’s very different from makeup. Your skin is the biggest organ in our body. Exfoliate [Dermalogica makes a good one — Daily Microfoliant], moisturize, and wear sunscreen. That’s it. That’s fine. I’m very conscious of sun damage in my children.

What’s your sunscreen of choice?
I use a good one by Neutrogena. I also like a Swiss one called Daylong. In France, there’s a lot of good ones you can buy over the counter.

We often pay a lot of lip service to accepting imperfection, but when did it become real for you?
As a woman, it takes a lot of strength. There’s so much pressure. I really long for a time when women aren’t mean to other women about it, and aren’t judgmental about what other women do. I don’t expect everyone to subscribe to the same type of beauty I’m interested in. Everyone is different, but it would be good to take that pressure off ourselves. There’s so much pressure on women to look a certain way, or be a certain thing, or to think that their outward appearance is the most important part of their personality or character. It’s certainly a part of it, but not the most important thing.

When I started working in the film industry, I was working with a lot of women. Some of the women were interested in the work and the characters. Some, more in how they look. I realized that I didn’t want to be in the latter. I want to be interested in the work. I want to look out at the world. I want to be interested in the job at hand. I should look how the character should look, and not think about how I look. The obsession on one’s looks can make you a bit crazy. And I thought, I don’t want to go crazy.

Hollywood and its unattainable standards for anti-aging are well-known. How has the way you thought about aging changed over time?
Well, I’m older. You’re older than you were last year. People talk about it a lot. Being consistent with the one skin-care line and not giving into the professional fear about it, has made me feel a lot more at peace with whatever age I am. I think my skin is a lot more resilient. I have fewer breakouts than I did in my 20s, which you can say is partially hormonal, but also because I’m not changing it up. I’m not anxious about my skin. Strangely, the more people are talking about anti-aging, the less I feel anxious about it.

When I was in my teens and 20s, it was what you put on top of your skin. Certainly since having children, I realized it was all about skin care. When people are having issues with their skin, that’s when they don’t feel as confident, and they start to retreat. All that other stuff you layer on top — or we inject into our faces, or other things people are into — are ways to try and hide. It becomes less significant or less important. But for me, it’s about looking the best you can at whatever age.

There’s a big difference between altering your appearance and trying to work with what you got. My philosophy is to work with what you got. It’s about feeling comfortable in your own skin. But it’s easy to form judgment on other people. For me, I’ve just grown up that way. My mother is not someone who has surgically enhanced herself. It doesn’t seem natural to me. But that’s just me — ultimately, I believe women have judged other women too long.

This interview has been condensed and edited.




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Cate Blanchett: “Everyone Gets Obsessed With Anti-Aging” #SKII

One more promotional interview for SK II and a new beautiful photo!

It took Winter Storm Stella to prove what we’ve long suspected:

Cate Blanchett is fucking hardcore.

The acclaimed actress is dressed, glossed, and ready to go at 10 am, despite blizzard conditions shutting down Manhattan. She insists she’ll perform as scheduled in the stage hit The Present, even if half the audience will be stuck home in New Jersey. She gamely talks about politics, Rihanna, and day-old eyeliner as the wind hits 70 mph outside. And she knows a lot about skincare, too, which is good because we’re here for SK-II’s latest launch.

It’s a version of their famous Facial Treatment Essence, decked with flowers and designed for Mother’s Day gifting. Called “Sakura” after Japan’s famous cherry blossom season, the limited-edition bottle hits Sephora this week—just as Blanchett, SK-II’s most famous spokeswoman, wraps her six-month run on Broadway.

We grabbed our sled dogs and mushed uptown for the chance to meet Blanchett in person. (Yes, she looks exactly the same as she does onscreen. Yes, we were nervous. Yes, that means we asked really random questions… Would you have it any other way?)

You’ve played two immortal characters: Galadriel in ‘Lord of the Rings,’ and Hela, the goddess of death, in the upcoming ‘Thor’ movie. Is there a skincare technique you use to look immortal onscreen? Some sort of seriously ageless primer?

Okay, that’s really interesting. An ageless primer… hmm… Well, first I need to give credit to my amazing makeup artist Morag Ross. I’ve worked with her for years, and she’s truly a genius. And I will say that she’s used the SK-II mist to help set my looks, because it’s hydration but not shiny. I can’t stand powder, and feeling dry on my face. This mist, I guess it is sort of an immortal primer, if you want to call it that, because it keeps the glow but also seals my makeup look in. And I’ll tell you that when I first started meeting with the Thor team about Hela, they wanted her to wear a mask the whole time.

No! She’s too cool for that.

Well, Morag and I had gone on YouTube and found all these incredible Hela makeup looks that women all over the world had done, as fans. They showed her face, and they imagined it was sort of necrotized, and it was so powerful. So I said, “Don’t you want to know what she looks like without her mask? Isn’t that more interesting?” And Morag did such an incredible job with the makeup that I think you’ll get to see my the character’s face a lot more.

What does the goddess of death get to wear?

Morag worked a lot with iridescent powders and veins in the face—I mean, she’s the goddess of death. She has to look striking, obviously.

She’s also got some serious after-party eyeliner happening.

Good, that’s what we were going for! I mean, she’s been locked in a closet for millennia.



How do you get makeup like that off, after you’ve been filming for twelve hours straight?

You know, this is a true story: I spoke to SK-II years ago and [requested] an eye makeup remover, exactly because of things like that! And they gave me this oil cleanser, and it’s what I always use on-set and onstage.

This Sakura bottle is meant for Mother’s Day. But how do you give your mother a skincare product without the implication that she needs help in the beauty department?

I mean, my mother asks for it! She’s very happy when I come back from an SK-II press trip. This is the thing: I’ve got friends in their 20’s who use anti-aging facial treatments. I’ve been using mine for over 15 years. Everyone gets obsessed with anti-aging but I’d rather look as good as I can at the age I am. And the thing about the facial treatment essence is there’s no other product like it because it’s about clarity, tone, texture, and what I’ve found is it’s given my skin elasticity. Which is great for anti-aging, but it’s not the only benefit. So if you have someone who’s sensitive about it, maybe just spin it away from aging. Say something like, “This is for you, to make you feel good.” Also, it’s very pretty. The cherry blossoms on the bottle really make it look like a gift, although do you give gifts to yourself?

Of course.

Good, I do, too. I have SK-II products all over my house.

Do they ever go missing, like after you have a party?

You know, I have a friend—she works in the beauty industry—and she lines up scents in her bathroom. So when you go visit her, you can try something new, and I quite like that. So if you want to try one of my products, that’s out in full view, go for it. But if your friends are stealing your beauty products, you might want to get new friends. Or stop having parties where you don’t know everyone.

Have you thrown a rager recently?

It’s been a while. But I do think, also, that there used to be something illicit about a woman’s beauty regimen, where it had to be a “secret,” and so sometimes people would snoop because everyone’s products were behind closed doors. And I’m incredibly open about that stuff. All my friends know what I use. They’re already stocked up.

Can you talk about Ocean’s Eight at all? Did you get to pick pockets like Matt Damon?

Oh, my character doesn’t get to rob people like that. At one point, and I don’t know whether it’s in the movie or not, but I had to learn to ride a motorbike. And I did have to play a lot of poker. That’s what my character does, she plays poker. So I would play all the time with Sandra [Bullock].

Did you win?

I’ve got a really good poker face, to be honest. You just have to blank your eyes. But the bluffing of poker is where the pleasure really is, at least for me. But you know who’s a really good poker player? Ben Affleck. He is world class, as they say. I’m not there yet.

My mom plays poker, and she’s amazing. But she says sometimes people can’t read her, just because they don’t expect a woman at the table…

The idea of women playing poker, they’re not given a lot of credit. People underestimate you. Women have the power to ambush in that situation, and there’s a lot of fun and pleasure in that. But I just wish we had power, full-stop.

We’re fighting for it. We won’t stop.

Yeah, but we’ve been working on it for a couple of Millennia now. It’s been a long time since universal suffrage, and I’m sick of the old white men running the show.

What do you think is the way forward? A strike?

We have to band together, but the thing in this country is that people are terrified of losing their jobs… Maybe California needs to secede. The only thing that’ll make any difference is the money… Tax dollars and losing that amount of money. It’s one of the most economically powerful states, isn’t it? That’s where it hurts.

What about through the arts? Should political stories be given more exposure right now? What can artists do?

You know, I was talking to a theater director who I really rate. He was saying some work is overly political. If you were doing a production of Richard III right now, it wouldn’t be anything but political. But then some work deals with the kind of timeless undertones of being human. And I think it’s really important to embrace both types of work, because culture civilizes us, and that’s why every single despotic regime has tried to smash [the arts]. Because art civilizes us and it connects us and activates us. And so it’s really important to connect with compassion, with stories about people who are different from us. Moonlight is an astonishing film because it’s not overtly political, but it’s human. And that’s why it had such a big trajectory, because in the current climate, things that are true, brave human stories become political.

Many women love music festivals, art openings, ballets… but it’s harder to get some people to go see a play. What’s your advice for theater newbies?

The first thing is to accept that theater is an unknown. If you go to a concert, you know the music. If you go to an art show, you can literally see the art on your phone before you see it in person. But with theater, often times people aren’t prepared to take risks, even though that’s exactly what’s great about it. So go get a rush seat to a play, or get a really cheap ticket through an online promotion or because it’s a smaller theater. The great thing about theater is that when it’s great, you’ll remember it for the rest of your life. But if you go see ten shows, you’ll only get five—if you’re lucky—that’ll give you that experience. But the rest, at the very least, will be interesting. You will not leave the theater with nothing to talk about. For me, comedy and tragedy when you get them both in one evening, that’s the most satisfying. So I’d say, look for that.

Benedict Cumberbatch had to tell audiences to stop filming ‘Hamlet’ on their phones. Do you see smartphones onstage when you’re performing in ‘The Present’?

You do sometimes! I know actors who have stopped the show. I haven’t done that yet, but at the same time, you know, I just don’t understand it. To record something on your iPhone to be watched later, that’s like the opposite of theater. The joy of being there is experiencing it with other people. It doesn’t translate onto your phone. It’s about being present. And I can absolutely see you if you’ve got your phone up. You can’t hide it from us.

Last question: How’s Rihanna as an actress?

Oh, she’s honestly great! She’s really open and humble, and she’s got a great sense of humor. She’s got a really dry wit about her. And she’s really relaxed and natural.

Did she beat you at poker?

She never got to play! Her character is more of a computer person. But if she did start playing poker, I bet she’d be really good at it. Really good.

via Elle Magazine

Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh guest on Theater Talk Broadcast March 17 #ThePresent

Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh from The Present, on Broadway until March 19, will be interviewed in this week edition of Theater Talk, the acclaimed talk show that offers interviews with top theatre celebrities and writers. See the full schedule below!

We welcome the luminescent, yet and strikingly articulate actors Richard Roxburgh and 2-time Academy Award- winning actress Cate Blanchett, now starring on Broadway in the Sydney Theatre Company’s production of The Present. The play is a riveting comic drama, loosely adapted by Andrew Upton from Anton Chekhov’s first play, Platonov

on Thirteen:
Friday, March 17 at 1:30 AM (Saturday morning)
Sunday, March 19 at 11:30 AM

on WLIW/21:
Monday, March 20 at 5:30 PM

on CUNY TV:
Saturday, March 18 at 8:30 PM
Sunday, March 19 at 12:30 PM
Monday, March 20 at 7:30 AM, 1:30 & 7:30 PM

NEW on NYC LIFE/25:
Thursday, March 23 at 11:00 PM
Monday, March 27 at 3:30 AM

via Theater Talk

New footage from RED starring Cate Blanchett

New footage from RED starring Cate Blanchett

Hi everyone!

This week on The Mix, an ABC News 24’s new weekly arts, entertainment and culture program, RED’s director Del Kathryn Barton talked about the short film and Cate Blanchett’s latest role – as a redback spider. There’s also some new footage of Cate’s perfomance. Enjoy the full interview below (starts at 24 min) and we have added some screen captures to our gallery.



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Watching, Waiting: Behind the scenes photos of Cate Blanchett from W Magazine

Watching, Waiting: Behind the scenes photos of Cate Blanchett from W Magazine

Hello everybody!

New behind the scenes images of Cate Blanchett for W Magazine were released yesterday in a new video about Peter Lindbergh’s work for the publication. The video is entitled Peter Lindbergh: Watching, Waiting. See the screen captures and video below!



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Richard Linklater and Cate Blanchett Will Finally Begin Filming ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ This Summer

Richard Linklater and Cate Blanchett Will Finally Begin Filming ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ This Summer

Great news about Where’d you go, Bernadette! According to Indiewire:

Richard Linklater made headlines last month by announcing he’d direct Robert Downey Jr. in a new untitled project, but it appears he’s making some time to work with two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett first.

Linklater originally boarded an adaptation of Maria Semple‘s novel “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” two years ago, with Cate Blanchett coming on board to star in the lead role in November 2015. News around the project has remained virtually silent ever since, but now production is gearing up to start this summer.

The book centers around an agoraphobic architect who goes missing and the journey her 15-year-old daughter goes on to try and find her. “The Spectacular Now” and “The Fault in Our Stars” screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber wrote the original script, though Linklater probably made some touch ups. Stephen Feder, who last worked with Linklater on “Everybody Wants Some!!,” will serve as executive producer.

The production’s start date was confirmed at the Texas Film Awards on Thursday night. A walk-on role in “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” was being auctioned off to support the Linklater-founded Austin Film Society and ended up being sold for $42,000. No additional cast members have been announced, though expect the ball to get rolling quickly as summer approaches.

“Where’d You Go, Bernadette” will mark Linklater’s first film since “Everybody Wants Some!!” was released last spring. Cate Blanchett has numerous films set for release this year, including superhero blockbuster “Thor: Ragnarok” and experimental art film “Manifesto.”

via Indiewire

Cate Blanchett talks films and family

Hi everyone! New interview with Cate! Enjoy the reading!


With two Oscars to her name, there’s no doubt Cate Blanchett is the toast of Hollywood. But here, she tells Karen Anne Overton why juggling motherhood with her career is her most challenging role of all

Over the past 20 years, Cate Blanchett has come to represent a certain breed of Hollywood woman: the kind who has it all. At 47, she has achieved a phenomenal record in her work, starring in such blockbusters as Elizabeth and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and won a plethora of awards – including two Oscars. Alongside her enduring appeal on screen, she has cultivated a stable family life with husband of 18 years, screenwriter/producer Andrew Upton, 50, and their four children – Dashiell, 14, Roman, 12, Ignatius, eight and adopted daughter, Edith, who is nearly two. It’s hard to know whether to find it reassuring or disheartening that even she feels like she isn’t succeeding sometimes.

“I try to do my best as a mother and I love everything that comes with that responsibility,” says the Melbourne-born actress. “But I almost accept that you can’t be perfect and you will make mistakes from time to time and you try to learn from that. Every mother and father feels that they are failing in some respect. If you are overly dedicated to the children, you worry that you’re not giving proper attention to your work. And when you’re working a lot you have misgivings about neglecting your kids. But that’s life. You simply try to do your best.”

Far from winding down, Blanchett is seizing the opportunity to continue finding diverse and challenging roles. Fresh from her Oscar-nominated performance in the 1950s love story Carol, she stars in the new Terrence Malick film Song to Song, and recently completed work on Ocean’s Eight, a female spin-off of the billion-dollar franchise. She plans to direct her first film soon and uses her high profile to advocate equal rights for women in the entertainment industry.
This desire to be a voice for young women is spurred not just by her role as a mother to a daughter, but also by Blanchett’s own life. The middle of three children, her father died when she was 10 and it fell to her mother and grandmother to raise the brood. She describes her mother as being “resilient” and recalls when she gave up her job as a teacher to become a property developer in order to better support the family. Blanchett beams with pride when reflecting on the lessons these women gave her and it goes some way to explain her own hard-working ethos. “My mother and grandmother have been my inspirations in terms of their sense of self-respect and independence,” she explains.

Despite being raised in a “house full of women”, Blanchett’s decision to adopt a girl was not a by-product of having three biological sons, but instead something she had always planned to do. It was vital therefore that the boys felt involved through every stage of the adoption process, being interviewed both as a family and individually. Watching them blossom as a family has proven to be a magical period for the star.

“I love spending as much time as I can with my children, playing with them, and being surprised by how fast they learn things and how they’re growing up,” she says. “It’s very important to me to be able to enjoy taking them to school or making their lunches or cooking dinner at home. I also like being able to be the kind of mother who is not only there to take care of them but also one who has a career. It’s important to set an example and show how the two can work together.”

When family and fame do collide, the actress – for the most part – finds it amusing. She describes times when her children have watched her onstage and either waved from the audience or simply lost interest. It says a lot about her ego that she is able to see her role as a film star for what it is: a job. “The recognition is important as long as you don’t let yourself get too carried away by it,” she nods. “You need to keep your feet on the ground even though the attention can be flattering. No one is immune to praise, but in this business it can be a tricky thing to handle.”

Given Blanchett’s breadth of diversity in the roles she chooses, it can be difficult to pin her off-screen character down. While in her role as the eponymous Blue Jasmine she played a big, messy character who is terrified of ageing and losing her wealth and status, Blanchett is the opposite of that. She is calm and nurturing, and when asked how she feels about ageing, simply laughs. “I would rather approach getting older with curiosity and a sense of adventure. Even though you might like to fight it, there’s not much point!”

via Little London Magazine

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