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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

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

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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via The Mix

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

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

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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

Video – Cate Blanchett at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Video – Cate Blanchett at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

On March 3, Cate Blanchett visited The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to promote The Present, on Broadway until March 19. Watch the full interview below. We’ve added also screencaps, stills and candids. Enjoy!

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Cate Blanchett brings NDIS character to life #Nadia

Cate Blanchett brings NDIS character to life #Nadia

Hello everyone! Cate has joined a new project*!

Cate Blanchett has given her voice to play an online character who will give people information about the national disability insurance scheme.

Oscar winning actress Cate Blanchett has injected some Hollywood stardom into the national disability insurance scheme.

Blanchett has taken on the voice role of Nadia, an online virtual assistant who can speak, write and chat online while answering common questions about the NDIS

“I have disability very close to me in my family,” Blanchett said in a promotional video, when asked why she took on the role.

The avatar character has been co-designed with people with disabilities.

Nadia already understands thousands of questions and her knowledge bank will grow with more interactions.

Nadia will start on a trial basis on the NDIS’s participant portal website in coming months and it’s expected to take 12 months before she’s fully operational.

via SBS

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A Rose for a Rose: Cate Blanchett on Saying “Si” to Life

Hello everyone! New promotional article and image for Sì Rose Signature on Vanity Fair. Enjoy!

A new scent from Giorgio Armani, Si Rose Signature, conjures up more than just feeling for Cate Blanchett

There she goes again, on Broadway that is, making her grand presence known in the currently running play The Present. A longtime lover of Chekhov’s work, Cate Blanchett now stars in her husband Andrew Upton’s adaption of the little-known story. The Present is playing at the Barrymore Theatre and has, since January, grossed well over a million dollars, according to The New York Times—an especially high number for a non-musical!

Blanchett plays 40-year-old widow Anna Petrovna, who celebrates her birthday with friends and family, leading up to what is perhaps not the happiest of party endings. However, what’s most polarizing about the play is Blanchett’s commanding performance—her presence fully captivating you to the very end.

Similarly, it’s her drive, femininity, and passion that make her the obvious face and muse of Si Rose Signature by Giorgio Armani, which debuted earlier this month. Infused with the most famous roses in perfumery—Rose de Mai, which is the central appeal to this new edition, and rose turque—the fragrance is an array of exotic floral notes along with sensual and velvety accords. “The Turkish rose, which has a hint of orange in it, and the more-green rose in this iteration are just beautiful,” says Blanchett. A beautiful actress and a beautiful scent… now that will hold our attention!

via Vanity Fair

Broadway’s The Present, Starring Oscar Winner Cate Blanchett, Launches Digital Lottery

Broadway’s The Present, Starring Oscar Winner Cate Blanchett, Launches Digital Lottery

Hi everybody! Some news about The Present!

The Sydney Theatre Company production of The Present, which plays Broadway’s Barrymore Theatre, has announced a digital lottery that begins February 15. The lottery is powered by Shubert Ticketing through the Telecharge Digital Lottery platform, which provides theatregoers access to affordable tickets through multiple social networks. To enter the lottery, visit

Andrew Upton’s new adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s first play, Platonov, The Present is directed by John Crowley and stars Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh. The limited engagement continues through March 19 at the Barrymore (243 West 47th Street).

The cast features the Sydney Theatre Company cast of 13, all making their Broadway debuts, including Blanchett (Anna) and Roxburgh (Mikhail), as well as Anna Bamford (Maria), Andrew Buchanan (Osip), David Downer (Yegor), Eamon Farren (Kirill), Martin Jacobs (Alexei), Brandon McClelland (Dimitri), Jacqueline McKenzie (Sophia), Marshall Napier (Ivan), Susan Prior (Sasha), Chris Ryan (Sergei), and Toby Schmitz (Nikolai).

The Present is produced on Broadway by Stuart Thompson, Sydney Theatre Company, Jon B. Platt, Scott M. Delman, Ruth Hendel, The Shubert Organization, Robert G. Bartner, John Gore, and Jimter Productions LLC.

via The Playbill

RED – New still featuring #CateBlanchett

RED – New still featuring #CateBlanchett

A new still for RED, a Del Kathryn Barton short film, now open at the Art Gallery of South Australia as part of the Adelaide Festival.

Cate Blanchett in Red by Del Kathryn Barton

via Art Gallery of South Australia

Thor: Ragnarok Concept Art Offers Best Look Yet at Cate Blanchett’s Hela

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Thanks to the “Marvel Studios Phase 3” special feature, which is included in the Digital HD/Blu-ray release of Doctor Strange, a new concept art image featuring Cate Blanchett as Hela has been released. Enjoy!

Cate Blanchett as Hela in Thor Ragnarok

via Comic Book

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New photo of Cate Blanchett for Vogue Magazine #TheRow

New photo of Cate Blanchett for Vogue Magazine #TheRow

Cate Blanchett appears wearing The Row, the brand owned by Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen, in a new photoshoot for Vogue Magazine. See the article and the photo by Annie Leibovitz below.

Cate Blanchett wearing The Row - Vogue Magazine

15 Iconic Female Designers on Where Fashion—and the World—Are Going

One feels luxuriously dressed in a calm, pure, and minimal way,” says Cate Blanchett, serene and soigné in a cashmere blanket coat from the label she’s lauding: The Row. Like Blanchett herself, The Row is synonymous with quality and a kind of independent synergy. Of course, she’s hardly the only fan: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s customers are helping the eleven-year-old label claim the mantle of the wardrobe of our time in the same way that Donna Karan defined New York women’s essentials in the nineties.
Behind their international success, Mary-Kate and Ashley have always worked privately and mindfully, showing beautiful clothes their way, sans spectacle. In fact, they loathe fuss. But how did two former child stars—who just turned 30 this past June—become such connoisseurs of so many different women’s wardrobes? The twins are as succinct in their response as they are in their designs: “Continuity,” says Mary-Kate. “We are a trustworthy brand that really sells exactly what we say we’re selling.” Adds Ashley: “The only people we feel we need to answer to are our clients.”
They attribute their perfectionist resolve to having been given a voice at a very young age and having sat in many meetings with heads of the entertainment and finance industries, allowing both of them to hone their ability to decipher “the good influences versus the bad influences,” as Ashley puts it, while staying focused. “We own our brand. We don’t get pushed in any direction.”
With the exception of a few Italian knits, they manufacture all of their ready-to-wear in the United States. “That means a lot,” Mary-Kate says. “We’ve created at least 80 jobs.” Their elegant designs, by their very nature, challenge fast fashion.
As it turns out, the Olsens were ahead of their time in more than just style. In their April 2001 issue of Mary-Kate and Ashley magazine, they predicted Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign as part of a feature devoted to the question “When will we get our first female president, and who might it be?” Sixteen years later, their designs defy age and—even though they have just launched menswear—gender. “It’s more about respecting one another, whether you’re a female or a male or whatever,” says Mary-Kate. With the Women’s March on Washington then around the corner, she adds, “Women are not the only ones that feel this way—a lot of people feel it. The atmosphere around the entire globe is very interesting right now.”
“What’s going to happen tomorrow? Collectively, I feel everyone is asking that,” says Ashley, who’s made a positive attitude her goal of the year. “What we’ve built so far is pretty incredible. I would like to push that further—but also to be a little lighter on ourselves.”—Emma Elwick-Bates

via Vogue Magazine

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Broadway Review Featuring Cate Blanchett and Jason Hayes To Benefit Newtown Action Alliance

Broadway Review Featuring Cate Blanchett and Jason Hayes To Benefit Newtown Action Alliance

Oscar Award winning actress Cate Blanchett from “The Present”® Broadway Drama will be joined by Jason Hayes, her hair & makeup department head and the organizer of DisarmHate Rally and others for an evening of unforgettable performance to benefit the Newtown Action Alliance.

February 20, 8-10PM
The Stonewall Inn,
53 Christopher Street NY

For more information and tickets >> Newtown Action Alliance

Sì Rose Signature, Limited Edition 2017, with Cate Blanchett ( Commercial + Ad ) #Armani

Hey everyone!

The first commercial for Giorgio Armani perfume, Sì Rose Signature, with Cate Blanchett is out! Also an hq ad from the campaign was added to our gallery. Enjoy!

Cate Blanchett Sì Rose Signature Limited Edition EDP 2017 Armani

Cate Blanchett Sì Rose Signature Limited Edition EDP 2017 Armani

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