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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.

New interview with Vogue Mexico

New interview with Vogue Mexico

Good morning! One more promotional interview for Sì Rose Signature. Enjoy!



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Cate Blanchett interviewed by Ohlalá Magazine + new photo for Sì Rose Signature campaign

Cate Blanchett interviewed by Ohlalá Magazine + new photo for Sì Rose Signature campaign

Hi everyone!

Cate Blanchett sat down with Ohlalá magazine from Argentina to talk about female power and the new fragrance Sì Rose Signature by Giorgio Armani. This interview is part of the promotional events in which Cate met with several magazines to promote the new version of Sì during The Present season on Broadway. Also, we have a new image from the photoshoot of this fragrance campaign. Enjoy!

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Cate Blanchett shares exactly what she does to keep her face looking so fresh #SKII

Cate Blanchett shares exactly what she does to keep her face looking so fresh #SKII

Hey everybody!

New promotional interview with Cate Blanchett for SK-II available on Pop Sugar! Enjoy the reading!!!

We could go on and on about how flawless Cate Blanchett‘s skin is, but if you probably already know she’s a goddess. The 47-year-old actress and longtime SK-II ambassador took time out of her busy schedule to share exactly what she does, uses, and avoids to keep her face looking so damn fresh. Keep reading to learn the recipe to gorgeous, glowing skin straight from her mouth. Hint: you’re not getting it at the doctor’s office!

Be Consistent

“I’m very interested in fashion, but not when it comes to skin care. Each month, there seems to be a new product or a new theory — new this, a new that. Find something that works and stick to it. For me it’s been the Facial Treatment Essence, and I’ve been using it for 15 years. Obviously the SK-II product line has evolved over time, so I tend to make my own facials within that range.”

DIY Your Own Facials

“It depends on what I’m doing, like where I’m filming. I’ll incorporate a mask, and I’ll alternate between a brightening mask and the Facial Treatment Mask — and definitely an eye mask. I’ll put essence on in the morning and also over the makeup, because it sets it if you spray it on. Then I’ll put the LXP range in the evening. If I’m on stage, I’ll make sure I cleanse properly. So I use the Facial Treatment Oil.

It’s all about layering. I used to think, ‘Oh, do you really need a serum?’ Your skin drinks in all these things and they work in combination. You can tailor a facial or adapt your skin care ritual according to the conditions that you’re subjecting your skin to depending on the nature of the skin, the time of year, and how much you’re out in the elements or in an enclosed environment.”

Exfoliate Your Skin Daily

“The only thing SK-II doesn’t make is an exfoliant, so I tend to use the Dermalogica one. I never used to exfoliate, but now that I do, I think it’s a good thing to do regularly.

You can’t treat a problem unless you get the top layer of dead skin off, and we’re constantly covered in dead skin. So it’s important to get it off.

I would exfoliate every day if I’m filming, because you spend the entire day in makeup. I just need to do it psychologically, as well (laughs), to end the day.”

Don’t Do Cosmetic Surgery Out of Fear

“I’ve seen incredible things done with people who had birthmarks and things that they had lasers remove, or they had a blemish or something that made them feel self-conscious and they had it lasered off. You always get asked this as an actress, as if you’re meant to form a judgment on what other people do. If people want to do that stuff, that’s their business, and I think the only way forward is to not judge each other so harshly.

For me personally, it’s not a look I’m interested in, but if people want to do that, then that’s fine. If you’re doing it out of fear, then you’ve really got to get back to the source and say, ‘What am I frightened of?’ because we’re all getting older. Do we know the long-term effects of using these things? That’s what would worry me.”

Use Face Oil to Stay Hydrated on a Plane

“I used to decant the Facial Treatment Essence in a spray bottle, but now they actually make one, so I take that. They make this beautiful product — it’s a Facial Treatment Oil — which is really super hydrating. I’ll take that and a mask. Even though it’s very boring, just try to drink water.”

Liquid Vitamins Are the Secret to Glowing Skin

“I just started taking these really great skin vitamins. It’s called Aethern. I’ve never heard of it before, but someone recommended it to me. It’s a liquid vitamin. I do think it’s what you ingest. I’ve always been very big on my kids taking vitamins, but I often forget myself.”

Take Probiotics For a Healthy Gut

“The health of your gut is really, really important. To help your gut, take a probiotic — that’s a thing I take. Some people can eat pizza, and it’s fine for them. Everybody’s systems are different. Some people don’t do well with red meat, and some people need red meat. It completely depends on your body type and your blood type. What I would say is good for everybody is taking a probiotic; if your gut is healthy, then you’re more likely to have healthier skin.”

Eliminate Coffee For Better Skin

“I find it very hard to be without coffee. Forget my skin care ritual — that’s my wake-up ritual! I know when I don’t have coffee my skin is much better.”

Massage Your Face to Chill Out

“Life’s very stressful — no matter what you do, no matter where you live. Particularly the world now is going to hell in a handbag. Do anything you can to help relieve that stress. For me, my luxury is having a massage. I’ll always ask them to massage my face. Anything that increases the blood circulation to relax your face [is good], because we carry so much stress in our face. You can always tell when someone has either had sex or gone on a holiday, because their skin looks better and their face is relaxed.”

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: “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

‘Thor: Ragnarok’: Cate Blanchett Took Inspiration From Cosplayers for Hela’s Look

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In this new interview, Cate discusses the sources of inspiration for Hela’s look. Enjoy the reading!

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‘Thor: Ragnarok’: Cate Blanchett Took Inspiration From Cosplayers for Hela’s Look

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Cate Blanchett as Hela in Thor: Ragnarok.
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She’s played Queen Elizabeth, Bob Dylan, and elven royalty. So perhaps one of the few acting challenges left for Cate Blanchett is tackling a comic-book villain. She’s about to prove her Marvel mettle this fall as Hela, the Asgardian goddess of death who’ll wreak havoc in the November Avenger sequel Thor: Ragnarok.

Hela, who has had multiple incarnations in the comics, usually wears an elaborate headdress, but Blanchett also gave a lot of thought to how she’d look without her gear — and took some inspiration from fans online.

“When I was starting to think about how she might look, I went back to the fanbase,” said Blanchett, who recently spoke to Yahoo. “All these girls were doing Hela makeup looks on YouTube. I thought about what their takes on her were. I spoke to Marvel about what she would look like when she would be unmasked, so she wasn’t a faceless, generic baddie. They were very open to everything.”

Blanchett was first drawn to the project by director Taika Waititi and “his unique, slightly askew take on the universe,” she said. In Ragnarok, our hero, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), will battle Hela when she’s inadvertently unleashed on Asgard after spending millennia locked away. The scale of destruction that she represents is enough to unite the god of thunder with his seriously estranged brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and his Avenger rival the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), who’s along for this intergalactic ride.

The Marvel universe “needed a bit of a shakeup,” the actress said. “I didn’t realize until I got on the set that this is the first Marvel film incarnation of a female villain. What decade are we in? It was shocking to me. The character they created is ballsy and front-footed.” Hela also happens to be the reason Blanchett, 47, has some new street cred with her four children. “I earned a few brownie points,” she bragged.

via Yahoo

[Interviews] Cate Blanchett shares a few of her favorite things #SKII

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Two more promotional interviews with Cate for SK II. Enjoy the reading!

Cate Blanchett Loves Japanese Skin Care, Italian Food, And Rick Owens Onesies

“Look, I am really interested in fashion, but not when it comes to skin care,” deadpanned Cate Blanchett, the Oscar-winning actor who recently decamped from her native Australia to New York City for her Broadway debut in The Present.

The red carpet risk taker, who regularly earns a spot atop every best dressed list, admitted to being far less daring when it comes to maintaining her poreless complexion. “I’ve learned that when you find something that works, you stick with it,” she said during a blizzardy afternoon as we discussed her longtime role as brand ambassador of SK-II.

Just in time for Mother’s Day, SK-II is releasing a limited edition bottle of its cult favorite (read on to hear Blanchett wax poetic about its nourishing effects) Facial Treatment Essence festively decorated with flowering cherry blossoms. “Isn’t it beautiful,” Blanchett said of the design. “It fits perfectly with the Japanese heritage of SK-II.”

We asked Blanchett to fill in our T&C Questionnaire, and she let us in on her skin care secrets (you’ll want to take notes) and Mother’s Day traditions, while sharing the surprisingly practical ensemble that has been getting her through this New York winter.

What is the beauty product you can’t stop talking about?

Well, I have been using the SK-II essence for about 15 years now and was thrilled when they finally released it as a mist last year. I have been at them for about 10 years to put it in a spray dispenser because that’s what I have always done when I’m traveling. If I could only take one product with me, it would be that. I also love to use it during particularly long hours on a film set. Rather than putting makeup on again, you can just refresh it and feel hydrated. It sets makeup without leaving that powdery look.

I also use the SK-II LXP serum, eye cream, and moisturizer morning and night. And since I am on stage [in The Present] at the moment, I am using the oil cleanser. Ordinarily, I would use the gel cleanser, but the cleansing oil really takes everything off. I am removing makeup three times a night, eight times a week. My eye area takes a bit of beating, but the oil cleanser is really gentle.

When I’m on a film set, I feel the need to exfoliate because I am wearing my makeup so much longer. SK-II doesn’t do an exfoliator, so I use one from Dermalogica or this Australian company called Intraceuticals.

What is most important to you: skin care, makeup, or fragrance?

I could go without wearing makeup for sure. Skin is the largest organ in the body, so if your skin is feeling healthy, then you feel brighter and more positive about entering the day. If you’ve got an allergy or an outbreak, then you are going to feel slightly less get up and go. And then fragrance really alters your mood. Those two things are really important to me.

I am very lazy when it comes to makeup—I guess because I spend a lot of time in it portraying other people. So when I am just me, I use mascara. And if it’s a big, exciting day, I’ll wear some lipstick.

Do you have a favorite fragrance?

I worked with an actor on stage years ago, who changed her fragrance depending on the role, and I thought that was very interesting. For instance, when I was on stage with Isabelle Huppert [in The Maids], she gave me a fragrance that she had designed with a fragrance house, so I wore it and it became the scent I associated with that story and that character. I am currently wearing Giorgio Armani Sì [editor’s note: Blanchett is a spokesperson for the fragrance] on stage because the character is very of optimistic and outward looking and forward thinking, so that feels like a very positive way to enter the role.

What’s your favorite restaurant in New York? Sydney?

There is a Japanese restaurant that I love. It’s a bit of an underground one in Tudor City. And then there is an Italian spot called Il Buco that is down on Bond Street. It’s the one we’ve probably been to most. In Sydney, likewise, it’s an Italian restaurant called Buon Ricordo.

What is your favorite place to vacation?

This year, I’m looking forward to going home to Australia.

What is your best travel hack?

Besides packing my SK-II mist, I put electrolytes in my water to help keep hydrated and bounce back after a flight.

Is there anyone who makes you feel star struck?

Gosh, lots of people, but Meryl Streep for sure.

What is your favorite movie? Theater production?

That’s like asking who your favorite child is! You know what I saw recently that has really stayed with me is Martin Scorsese’s Silence. Theater is trickier because once we’re on stage, we are in sync with all of the other shows and I don’t get to see anything. While we were in rehearsals, I went and saw as much as I could. I really loved Ivo van Hove’s Kings of War.

When I feel like I have nothing to wear, I reach for ________.

I went to Tokio 7 on the Lower East Side recently. It’s got second hand clothing on consignment, and I found an unworn Rick Owens onesie. I’ve been wearing that and a pair of Acne boots.

What is your go-to drink?

Grapefruit juice and vodka.

Do you have any Mother’s Day traditions?

Mother’s Day has always been far more important to my mother than her birthday. We never really were allowed to celebrate her birthday, but we would celebrate Mother’s Day. It’s all about something that you write—a message that you write. It’s always a big celebration, and we have a lot of May birthdays in my family, so we do try to gather. If it’s not on the day, we try to have a Mother’s Day celebration close to the day.

Fill in the blank: People are most likely to come to me for advice about _________.

Skin care!

What is the best advice you ever received?

To quote a drama teacher from school, “If you are going to fail, fail gloriously.”

How cate blanchett maintains her crazy-glowy skin while traveling

Though Cate Blanchett wasn’t the one reverse-aging in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, you could say she’s doing it IRL. The Australian beauty and Oscar-winning actress’ porcelain skin has remained virtually unchanged over the course of her uber-successful career.

Besides starting her day with lemon water (a celeb fave), wearing minimal makeup, and always covering up with sunscreen, the star revealed another key beauty secret that keeps her glowing—no matter how often she has to fly for work.

In a recent interview with Allure, Blanchett revealed how she deals with the dreaded (and drying) air on airplanes: She’s all about doing treatments mid-flight.

“I mask on the plane, but I wait until the lights go off,” she says (relatable to those of us who don’t quite have the guts to look like a scary movie villain in front of a bunch of strangers). “Although sometimes I’m so desperate I can’t wait, so I’ll put an eye mask on.”

Blanchett also notes that she keeps a facial mist with her for up-in-the-air skin refreshers. Hey, doing your beauty routine at 40,000 feet isn’t the craziest thing celebrities do while they travel—it’s not like Blanchett has her SoulCycle bike in tow, a la Lady Gaga. And let’s face it: You definitely can’t argue with her results.

via Town and Country & Well and Good

Cate Blanchett reveals her beauty routine secrets #SKII

Cate Blanchett reveals her beauty routine secrets #SKII

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Last Tuesday, Sephora released a new photo of Cate promoting SK II. She is currently promoting the SK-II Mother’s Day Limited Edition Facial Treatment Essence. Also, two new promotional interviews with Cate Blanchett for the brand are available. Enjoy the reading!

Cate Blanchett’s Secret to Great Skin? Consistency

It’s not every day that a skin-care company crafts a product made specifically with you in mind. But then again, not everyone is Cate Blanchett. (A sad, but deeply true fact.) The 47-year-old actor, who has been the gorgeous, glow-y face of SK-II for 15 years, and was the inspiration behind the super-luxe Japanese skin-care brand’s recent Mid-Day Essence face spray, is still—if not more—in love with her beloved brand. As she tells Allure, it’s the reason her skin is the way it is today (again: gorgeously glow-y and virtually wrinkle-free), along with keeping a consistent routine, wearing lots of sunscreen, and letting the aging process, well, happen. Here, we’ve highlighted Blanchett’s best advice for obtaining skin like hers, which is, without question, the definition of immaculate.

1. Stay consistent.

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“I love clothes and the idea of changing your hair and what you’re wearing—but I don’t do that with my skin. It’s a very different thing. I think consistency is a big part of making your skin more resilient. Since I’ve been using SK-II—my skin has taken a lot of beatings being on stage, having four children, working in fil, and traveling—and I feel like it’s a lot more stable. And I can only attribute that to the consistency of using SK-II for a long time.”

2. Wear your sunscreen.

“I’m eternally grateful that my mother always encouraged me to stay out of the sun and wear sunscreen [when I was growing up]. With very pale skin, it was especially important not to become a bronzed sun bunny. I think 90 percent of people who have issues with their skin—health-wise and also in terms of satisfaction with their complexion—are actually talking about sun damage.”

3. Don’t give into the pressure.

“I’m not a model, and I certainly was never the gorgeous girl in school. So I never thought about myself in terms of my looks. My looks have been a tool rather than the end result. They’re part of who I am, but they’re not all of who I am. I feel much more pressure to do my job properly, which is to tell the story and create an interesting character. That’s what I feel the pressure to do—look like the character versus look younger. It’s a high road to nowhere, really. The only thing you can do is look the best you can. The rest is invisible people talking on the internet—and I don’t really listen to that.”

4. Mask away—wherever you are.

“I mask on the plane, but I wait until the lights go off. Although, sometimes I’m so desperate I can’t wait, so I’ll put an eye mask on and the SK-II Facial Treatment Mask. But, up until recently, I was decanting the Facial Treatment Essence into a spray bottle, but now they’ve come out with [the Mid-Day Essence], so I’ll take that on the plane with me.”

5. Take your vitamins.

“I’ve always been big on the vitamins my children take, but I was erratic on my own, so now I’m trying to fix that. That’s my promise to myself this year—I’m going to be much more regular. I’ve just started taking a liquid skin vitamin, called Aethern Advanced Skin Beauty Program. I’ve already noticed my skin is a little brighter.”

6. Don’t give into the pressure.

“I’m not a model, and I certainly was never the gorgeous girl in school. So I never thought about myself in terms of my looks. My looks have been a tool rather than the end result. They’re part of who I am, but they’re not all of who I am. I feel much more pressure to do my job properly, which is to tell the story and create an interesting character. That’s what I feel the pressure to do—look like the character versus look younger. It’s a high road to nowhere, really. The only thing you can do is look the best you can. The rest is invisible people talking on the internet—and I don’t really listen to that.”

Cate Blanchett’s Refreshingly Real Beauty Mantra: ‘Work With What You’ve Got’

There’s age-denying. There’s age-defying. And then there’s Cate Blanchett, the two-time Oscar winner who defines what it means to own your beauty.

“You’re going to get wrinkles. You’re going to get older. I’m married to a man who’s attracted to me — and has been attracted to me over the years,” Blanchett, 47, tells Yahoo Beauty. “I’m fortunate that I’m around people who feel similarly.”

The mother of Ignatius, Dashiell, Roman, and Edith Upton doesn’t sweat all the bells and whistles that come with being famous. When she was eight months pregnant, she was fitted for her Dries van Noten Oscars dress in 2008 in just one quick session — and killed it on the red carpet.

During a BAFTA pre-Oscars event years ago in Hollywood, Blanchett laughingly showed off one of her tattoos — located in a hidden spot. Workwise, she vacillates between stage (co-starring in The Present, written by her husband, Andrew Upton) and screen, where she just wrapped the lady-heavy Ocean’s Eight, co-starring Mindy Kaling and Sandra Bullock.

“I got to work with those fabulous ladies. I was so excited to be working with them. I wasn’t prepared for how much I would be madly in love with them all. It was an amazing experience,” she says.

Her work speaks volumes, but her face tells a whole other story. Blanchett is the spokeswoman for the luxe brand SK-II, a skin care partnership that happened organically more than 15 years ago. Mary Greenwell, Blanchett’s longtime makeup artist, introduced her to the Facial Treatment Essence, which cleared up her skin when Blanchett was going through a rough spell. She’s been swearing by the brand ever since, and is currently promoting the SK-II Mother’s Day Limited Edition Facial Treatment Essence.

“That’s the cornerstone of the whole brand. I started using the product when I was pregnant with my first son, who’s now 15 going on 16. I started to notice changes in my skin. I was getting a bit of melasma,” she says.

She’s referring to patchy skin discoloration that can occur on the face, often during pregnancy. Today, says Blanchett, “My skin is in better condition than when I was in my early 30s. I have a clear, simple morning and evening ritual. I use the essence, and I generally use the LXP Ultimate Revival Serum and LXP Ultimate Revival Cream. I’ve been working with [the brand] officially for about 13 years. I wish I’d discovered it in my 20s.”

Blanchett embodies inner beauty, focusing on the interior, as opposed to the exterior. Aging, she sums up, is going to happen anyway, so why shun it? “You can’t run from it. There’s a level of scrutiny around the way women look, and it’s really unhelpful. Everyone will have a different relationship to their looks.”

She obliquely refers to plastic surgery and her aversion to it: “I didn’t grow up in an environment where the older women did that stuff. It doesn’t sit comfortably with me. Work with what you’ve got. Otherwise, no matter how much you try and change yourself, if you feel panicked, it will radiate through. I wear less makeup now than I did in my 20s. I stay out of the sun.”

Yes, but she’s also down for a libation when life calls for it. “One always looks better when you don’t drink coffee or when you’ve done a detox. Life is stressful, and sometimes it’s easier to have one glass of wine than do eight yoga classes. Life is never perfect. You have to do the best you can,” says Blanchett.

She’s passing the same lesson along to her daughter, Edith. “Maybe it’s because I’ve had three boys. I wasn’t done having children. I kept all the boys’ clothes. So she’s wearing the boys’ clothes. Once again, that’s how I grew up. I grew up just being. It doesn’t matter what she wears. It’s about who she is, not what she looks like.”

via Allure & Yahoo Beauty

Thor: Ragnarok: Meet Cate Blanchett’s Hela, the franchise’s first female villain

New interview with Cate for Entertainment Weekly! Enjoy!

Cate Blanchett doesn’t really feel like she needs to explain her character Hela in Thor: Ragnarok — she’s the Goddess of Death. Quips the actress, “I think that’s where you put the period in the sentence, right? She arrives with a lot of baggage. She’s a little bit cross.”

Hela is more than “a little bit cross” as she is freed from her prison early in Ragnarok and causes all sorts of chaos befitting her name. “She’s been locked away for millennia, getting more and more cross, and then, with a mistake, she get unleashed and she ain’t getting back in that box,” says Blanchett.

Hela may be a monster, but Blanchett is a delight and clearly had a blast tapping into her dark side. EW talked to the two time Oscar-winner about playing Thor’s first female villain and making weapons out of her body.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What made you want to be part of this?
CATE BLANCHETT: Well let’s face it: as a woman, these opportunities have not in the past come up very frequently and I think there’s a revolution happening from within Marvel. I’ve seen so many of the Marvel franchises, particularly being the mother of four. They tend to be the only type of film particularly having young boys. But for me as an actor, this is separate is my desire to work with [director] Taika Waititi.

How did he sell you on this?
Well I had seen his vampire movie [What We Do in the Shadows] and Hunt for the Wilderpeople. I was trying to get my head around the collision of his sensibility as a director and what had previously existed in the Thor franchise and I thought that’s going to be interesting to say the least and I thought it could produce an interesting combustible connection because tonally his work is so different from what previously existed. Obviously they wanted to do something fresh and different, which is always exciting.

What was it like working with Taika? What does he bring to this?
He’s sort of part sumo wrestler, part showgirl, part father you always wanted to have. He’s so nimble. I keep saying the word irreverent. He takes the work seriously but he doesn’t take himself seriously. So there’s music on set the whole time. There was hilarity but he knew every single time when to focus.

Your Thor’s first female villain. Was that part of the appeal?
Can you believe it? Can you believe we’re having this conversation and it’s 2017 and we’re talking about the first female villain? It’s ridiculous. There’s so much untapped potential villainy in women. It’s really exciting. I think finally it’s beginning to be acknowledged that women and men want to see a diverse array of characters, and that’s race, gender across the sexual spectrum.

Did you go back and read the comics and look at old versions of Hela?
Oh yes. I mean, you gotta know the history of the character. And there are so many iterations of the origin story. For any of these characters, there’s never one origin story. But yes, it was really interesting to go back. Most of the time she was masked. So that’s what I really talked to the Marvel team and Taika about was when we would chose to have her masked and when she wouldn’t be masked.

And that headdress is more than just an accessory right?
Yeah. She’s able to manifest weapons. Her headdress can be weapons. She can manifest weapons out of different parts of her body. I won’t tell you which — I’ll leave that hanging.

Hela comes in and sort of takes control of Asgard away from Loki, right?
Well, Asgard is so good. I mean one only need to have a mildly unpleasant thought and you’re considered evil. Everyone is too perfect. Why not mess it all up? It’s easy to play bad but, like when I was in Cinderella, like what makes the stepmother evil is interesting. So, it was trying to in the screen time I had to tease that stuff and to give her a journey really. So hopefully we’re given her a journey, like how you understand why Loki is as screwed up as he is. Hopefully, there’s that satisfaction in watching Hela.

Do you have fight scenes?
There’s a bit of wire work. I worked with the legend Zoe Bell (Grindhouse). I did as much as was humanly possible for a middle-aged mother of four [laughs]. I learned so much. All sorts of capoeira stuff. All the stunts and the fights were really interestingly choreographed. But I did train, ostensibly, so I wouldn’t injure myself.

via EW

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 on BBC Radio tomorrow

Cate Blanchett on BBC Radio tomorrow

Good morning! Cate Blanchett promotes The Present in the new episode of The Art Hour on air on BBC UK Radio. Don’t miss her tomorrow (March 5th) a little after 4 p.m. local time. If you can’t, don’t worry, reruns calendar is here

Treize facettes de Cate Blanchett scintillent aux Beaux-Arts

New interview with Cate Blanchett for Le Monde newspaper about the installation Manifesto currently in exhibition at Le Palais des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Enjoy the reading! (if you can read French)

L’école parisienne accueille l’installation de Julian Rosefeldt « Manifesto », dans laquelle l’actrice incarne différents personnages

Elle apparaît successivement sous les traits d’un clochard, d’une PDG, d’une présentatrice de journal télévisé ou bien encore d’une institutrice. Parfois méconnaissable, l’actrice australienne Cate Blanchett déploie toute la palette de son talent à travers Manifesto, la production de l’artiste allemand Julian Rosefeldt, qui, après Melbourne, Berlin et New York est présentée pour la première fois en France du 24 février au 20 avril aux Beaux-Arts de Paris.
Cette installation regroupe treize écrans, sur lesquels l’actrice joue autant de personnages, qui scandent des monologues élaborés à partir de manifestes d’artistes célèbres du XXe siècle. « Cette culture ne sera pas dominée par le besoin de laisser des traces », clame le clochard au milieu d’une friche industrielle, reprenant le Manifeste situationniste écrit par Guy Debord en 1960.
Sur un autre écran, une femme prononce une oraison funèbre : « Je suis contre les systèmes, le plus acceptable des systèmes est celui de n’en avoir par principe aucun », affirme-t-elle derrière sa mantille, récitant le Manifeste Dada de Tristan Tzara. Un peu plus loin, une marionnettiste coiffée d’un bonnet cite André Breton : « L’acte surréaliste le plus simple consiste, revolvers aux poings, à descendre dans la rue et à tirer au hasard, tant qu’on peut, dans la foule. »
Des textes du cinéaste Jim Jarmusch, de l’architecte Bruno Taut ou du peintre Vassily Kandinsky sont ainsi mis en scène et assemblés comme dans un collage dont la vocation est de leur redonner une nouvelle vie en les plongeant au cœur de la société contemporaine.
Ce travail est le fruit d’une rencontre qui remonte à 2010, à Berlin, lorsque Cate Blanchett fait la connaissance de Julian Rosefeldt par l’entremise du metteur en scène allemand Thomas Ostermeier. L’idée qu’ils travaillent ensemble est immédiate, mais ce n’est que quatre ans plus tard que le projet entre véritablement dans le concret quand Rosefeldt veut monter quelque chose autour d’une poignée de manifestes qu’il venait de lire.
« Il m’a appelée un jour, alors que je jouais à Lyon Les Bonnes, de Jean Genet, avec Isabelle Huppert », raconte Cate Blanchett, qui nous reçoit dans sa loge du Barrymore Theatre à New York où elle fait actuellement ses débuts à Broadway dans The Present, une adaptation par Andrew Upton de Platonov,une pièce de Tchekhov.

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Cate Blanchett Doesn’t Need to Be the Star of the Show

Hello everybody! New interview for Vanity Fair!

The Oscar-winner on her Broadway debut in The Present—and which Shakespearean role she yearns to tackle


When she isn’t delighting late-night revelers with surprise performances at drag shows, Cate Blanchett is spending her time in New York on the Broadway stage. Currently one of the stars of The Present—a reworking of an infrequently produced early Anton Chekhov play about a rather disastrous birthday party, adapted by Blanchett’s husband, Andrew Upton—Blanchett took a break from her hectic schedule to talk with us about the play, and how she views her role in such productions. Blanchett says she’s much happier being a member of the ensemble—even if, sure, her specific role in The Present maybe got a little plumping.

“It’s not a great role in the original writing. It’s very peripheral,” Blanchett told us over the phone. “Andrew has set her given circumstances, for want of a better phrase, as the framework for the play, in which everyone combusts and decomposes and hopefully emerges crisp and more phoenix-like. For me, in the end, the role is always secondary, whether it’s working on-stage or on-screen. It’s about the people you’re working with. I was drawn to the possibility of doing this in Sydney, and then ultimately [to] the opportunity of performing it [in New York], as a way of exposing the actors that we work with, the designers that we work with, the creative teams that we work with at the [Sydney Theatre Company] to an international audience.”



Blanchett and Upton ran the Sydney Theatre Company together for five years, staging acclaimed productions in Australia and then touring them around the world. It was a demanding job, one that Blanchett says she misses in some respects—but not in others. “We’re very private people. But [when you’re] running such a public organization, you need to weigh in to the national conversation. There’s a great responsibility as a cultural advocate that means that one has to be very public. And so I don’t miss that.”

Still, Blanchett seems to be enjoying her time treading the boards in New York again, making her Broadway debut after taking other shows to the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Lincoln Center. Blanchett is one of a small handful of movie stars who regularly does theater—Jake Gyllenhaal, currently starring in a swoon-worthy Sunday in the Park with George revival a few blocks north of Blanchett, is another one—but Blanchett doesn’t have any sort of ratio or equation in mind when accepting a film role versus a theater role. “There’s never really a plan,” she told us. “Except to do the work that I feel I can do. Sometimes it’s stuff where you can see an opportunity to do something, or to work with a director. Anthony Minghella on Talented Mr. Ripley. Lasse Hallström in The Shipping News. [Those roles] were very colorful characters, but I was working with two directors that I really wanted to work with, and on material that was the antithesis of the job that I’d just done. I could see an opportunity there. So often it’s been something that other people turned down!”

Are there any specific theater roles that Blanchett would carve out time for? “I wouldn’t mind a crack at Richard III,” Blanchett told us. (Someone please make this happen.) “But it depends on the director. There are plays that I would love to be part of realizing, but in the end, there’s no point playing Hamlet or Medea or Richard III or whatever the role is—or one yet to be written—unless you’re in something that is whole. Hamlet doesn’t make sense if Claudius and Gertrude aren’t present and completely enmeshed in the fabric of the piece, and therefore the production doesn’t work. I’m more interested in productions that have a chance to connect with the audience than how many lines I’ve got or how much stage time I have. I couldn’t be less interested. I don’t want to sound too pretentious about it, but I consider myself, no matter what the role is, an ensemble member.”

Blanchett will be an ensemble member in next year’s Ocean’s 8, a spin-off/continuation of the popular Ocean’s franchise, which she filmed on Mondays when not performing on-stage. But for now, there is just, quite fittingly, The Present, which runs on Broadway through March 19.

via Vanity Fair

Video Interview: Cate Blanchett Teases ‘Ocean’s Eight’ Surprises

Video Interview: Cate Blanchett Teases ‘Ocean’s Eight’ Surprises

Few days ago Cate Blanchett met with several magazines and media to promote the new Sì Rose Signature, this is the first video interview from that press day. Hear her talking about the new fragrance, the filming of Ocean’s Eight and her marriage. Enjoy!



“Extra” caught up with Cate Blanchett while she promoted the new Giorgio Armani Beauty Si Rose Signature fragrance in NYC, and the Oscar winner dished on her highly anticipated film “Ocean’s Eight.”

One of the guys from the “Ocean’s” franchise will be making a cameo the movie. Cate shared, “Matt [Damon]’s definitely coming back, and there are a couple of other surprises. I don’t want to give too much away.”

She will be joined in the film by other big names, including Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna and Mindy Kaling. The Aussie actress gushed, “Funny, funny, funny and generous women to work with. Finally get to work with Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson again, Helena Bonham Carter again, Anne Hathaway, which has been fantastic.”

via ExtraTV

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