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New Interviews with Cate Blanchett for Elle Italia and Allure US magazines

New Interviews with Cate Blanchett for Elle Italia and Allure US magazines

Hey everyone!

Cate talked to Elle Italia February issue and Allure US February as well to promote Sì Passione, the new edition of the Sì fragrances by Giorgio Armani. Read it below!

New Magazine Scans + New interview with Cate Blanchett for Vogue Arabia

New Magazine Scans + New interview with Cate Blanchett for Vogue Arabia

Hi Blanchetters!

Thanks to the generous Katarzyna the scans from Wysokie Obcasy Extra magazine are now available in our gallery!

Also, there is a new interview with Cate in Vogue Arabia. Read it below!

Cate Blanchett on Why the Industry, and World, Need to Change

A subtle whiff of Armani Sì permeates the air as Cate Blanchett sits down. She is – clichés be damned – every bit as ethereal as she looks on screen. She’s in a Marni houndstooth-print pencil skirt and so green silk blouse, her skin milky smooth, her hair in a modern blunt cut, her makeup minimal. Yet she’s the first to dispel this Hollywood deception of perfection: “This is not what I look like on a regular school run!” She’s been an otherworldly elf queen, a formidable goddess of death, a fast-talking Katharine Hepburn, a powerful young English monarch. She’s been nominated for seven Academy Awards and won two – for best supporting actress in The Aviator in 2004, and best actress in Blue Jasmine in 2013, Woody Allen’s unflinching dark comedy of a woman slowly losing her grip on her reality after her husband is convicted of large-scale financial fraud. In person, though, she’s warm, engaging, and sharp as a tack. There’s no hesitation in her clear, strong voice, the Australian accent so but discernable. This is a woman in her prime: unafraid, uncompromising, unabashed.

The 48-year-old actor is in Dubai to head the jury of the IWC Filmmaker Award at the Dubai Film Festival; her third year of involvement with the prize, as an IWC Schaffhausen brand ambassador. For the past six years, the Swiss watchmaker has worked to boost the Gulf ’s film industry by awarding this prize to a feature-length film project in production. This year’s crop of four finalists included three female directors, a feat Blanchett is proud of, especially for the region. “All the submissions were extraordinary,” she enthuses. Saudi Arabia’s first female filmmaker, Haifaa Al Mansour, walked away with the top honors – and a US $100 000 cash prize – for her script Miss Camel, an inventive stopanimation tale about a Saudi teenager longing to escape an arranged marriage, and then discovering she can talk to animals. It’s a tale of selfdiscovery and female empowerment, and seems apt for the times. The Los Angeles-based director is no stranger to accolades – her 2012 film, Wadjda, was the Kingdom’s first social entry for best foreign language film at the Academy Awards. She’s also recently completed Mary Shelley with Elle Fanning, as well as the Netflix movie NappilyEverAfer.

“The finalists’ work was very diverse, surprising, and innovative,” Blanchett says. “None of them ended up where I expected them to when I started reading. For this particular award, it’s not just about the story – it’s also about the filmmaker’s vision for it.” She’s full of praise for the region’s film industry, which, while often dealing with triumph over diversity or confronting hardship and conflict, both familial and societal, tackles the themes in diverse ways. “It’s interesting that there are a lot of comedies being made here. Comedy is a really important part of dealing with the world at the moment,” she says with a knowing smile. “We all need to laugh. What I find most impressive is about the films from this region that come to the West are often made with very few resources, and the level of invention and how accomplished they are in their realization is quite breathtaking.”

While it might be easy to surmise that the mother of three boys – Dashiell (16), Roman (13), and Ignatius (9) – would’ve focused her film choices on strong female roles with the arrival of her youngest, daughter Edith, in 2015, she swiftly puts that notion to bed. “I’ve always been very personal in my choices. If you have true engagement in the world in which you live, your choices will end up being current and relevant. I’ve never made consciously political choices but I have a strong, innate sense of wanting to be in interesting, engaged conversations and my gender shouldn’t be an impediment to that happening.” To this end, she doesn’t limit herself with genres, being that rare actor who can seamlessly move from comedies to heavy-hitting dramas, experimental art films, and fun action adventure roles, like last year’s Thor: Ragnarok. She is disappointed, however, that she hasn’t worked with as many female filmmakers as she would’ve liked. Here the conversation takes a weighty turn and it’s clear she is serious yet spent that society is still having the same conversations about discrimination and diversity. “As a species, we are very slow to learn and so I should be unsurprised that yet again we’re talking about equal pay for equal work; we’re talking about the intolerance for sexual abuse and domestic violence. But the difference, I think, is that women have had enough. Certainly, in my industry, women have had enough for a long time. We cannot be in this same place in 10 years, having the same conversation. It doesn’t behoove us economically, socially, morally, politically. Women are half the population. That’s the momentum we cannot lose this time. There’s an incredible opportunity to shift our thinking. We all talk about progression, innovation… Diversification leads to deeper innovation and real innovative change is always scary and daunting before it happens.”

It’s somewhat in her DNA to be interested in what women do and the challenges they face – After the death of her father when she was 10, her mother, June, left her teaching career for property development in order to support her three children. Blanchett’s grandmother also lived with the family. After a gap year in Egypt with plans to become a museum curator, Blanchett returned to Australia and, in 1992, graduated from Sydney’s National Institute of Dramatic Art. She quickly set stages alight with her commanding presence. Hollywood beckoned, but it was her arresting, nuanced turn in Elizabeth (1998) that announced her Old Hollywood star power to the world.

She and her husband, playwright Andrew Upton, got married in 1997 after a breakneck romance, and currently live in the UK, where they also run a production company. (His unusual keepsake from her career? The prosthetic elf ears she wore in The Lord of the Rings). One son is still completing school in Australia – “it’s been hard” – but don’t get her started on the societal pressures working mothers face. Her brow furrows, her voice becomes clearer, more strident. “If I get asked one more time how I balance work and having children, when my husband and male actors never get asked that question… We have to stop putting pressure on women that they have to have it all, do it all, or that anyone can have it all. You can’t. You’ll never sleep. But this is not just about women – you have to bring the men along, too. Whenever a man supports a woman by taking paternity leave or sharing child-rearing responsibilities, he’s somehow ‘emasculated.’ Only when that’s seen as a genuine, positive thing for partners to do, will women be freed to enter the workplace guilt-free. You have to remove the guilt and the stigma.” And with that, she turns her mesmerizing gaze straight ahead. Focused. Powerful. Forthright. A woman of – and for – our times.


Recent magazines

Recent magazines

Good evening! How are your holidays going? If you have the time, go to your nearest newsstand, Cate is featured in four new magazines. We have the scans of two of them:
Harayer Magazin Qatar

and S Moda Spain.

We are currently looking for two more magazines:
Wysokie Obcasy Extra (Poland) December 2017

and Façon Magazine Australia (out December 21)

If you have the scans, please let us know

Interviews and magazine scans

Interviews and magazine scans

Good evening, new interview from Dubai International Film Festival and from magazines scans. Thanks to all the Blanchetters that reported all this news! Enjoy!

Cate Blanchett on Hollywood’s ‘casting couch’ mentality
Award-winning actress was at the Dubai International Film Festival as the head of jury for the IWC Filmmaker Award

Cate Blanchett begins our conversation perfectly in character: by complimenting another woman.
The two-time Oscar winner had just seen Hostiles the night before, when it opened the 14th Dubai International Film Festival. The tense period western has garnered buzz due to a lead performance from Christian Bale. But Blanchett, poised with her finger to her mouth, says, “Rosamund was amazing, wasn’t she?”

She means Rosamund Pike, of course, Bale’s co-star and actress extraordinaire.

Later, Blanchett returns to this: women supporting women is the most exciting and profound change she’s seen in Hollywood. Pitted against one another for so long, “we’ve been seeing each other as competitors rather than collaborators.”

The Australian actress, who stars in the upcoming Ocean’s 8 with an all-female cast, further delved into the importance of dismantling the ‘casting couch’ mentality in the film industry (i.e. exchanging sexual favours for employment opportunities) — and what it was like to turn into a super villain for the big screen.
We just saw you in Thor: Ragnarok. What was it like to play a villain — and an all-powerful one at that?
It was fascinating for me, I think, because there’s so much post-process in it. It’s the equivalent of acting to a tennis ball, but obviously the tennis ball happens to be Chris [Hemsworth]. Working with [director] Taika Waititi was great — I didn’t get to work with Mark Ruffalo unfortunately, who I love — but it was Taika’s vision that was really interesting to me. Being part of a superhero universe, you get to speak to a really different audience. Having gone to comic con — I didn’t go the first time around with the Lord of the Rings, but I went with the Hobbit. And those people completely own the genre.
Have you seen fan reactions to your character on Twitter? They’re extreme.
No! But we went online, prior to shooting, and there were women doing Hela make-up. We took a lot of inspiration from that; she’s the goddess of death, so they did all these veins. It wasn’t a direction that Marvel were thinking of. Initially they just wanted me to have a headdress all the time, and we talked about she would look like without the headdress. What I loved about Marvel and Taika was they were really open to that.
You’ve always been a proponent of women in Hollywood…
Well, I am one.
What are your thoughts on the state of affairs in Hollywood today?
The creative industries are always going to deal with doubt. They’re always examining themselves because their job is to examine the world around them. The example that we’re setting is going to be — and has to be — a positive one. Because we’re not the only industry that has unequal pay for equal work. And we’re not the only industry where women are not given the same level of opportunities, where there’s an equivalent of a casting couch. It’s in a lot of industries and I hope that other industries will follow suit. I feel hopeful.
Ocean’s 8 is a great example of that. How was it like working with such a big cast?
In the end for me, the result was immaterial. It was the opportunity to hang out and work with all these women. I’ve long loved Helena [Bonham Carter], for instance. We’d been in Cinderella but we didn’t get to do anything together. I just adore her. And Sarah [Paulson], and finally getting to work with Sandy [Sandra Bullock] and with Annie [Anne Hathaway]. And you know, meeting Nora [Lum] and Mindy [Kaling], who I didn’t know at all, and Rih Rih [Rihanna], who is such a firebrand. What she’s done in the music industry, of course, is incomparable, but also with her new beauty line — she’s a really, really interesting person. It was a game-changer for me.
Do you think you’ve made that movie, Ocean’s 8, your own?
Oh, I haven’t seen it. I don’t know. Gary Ross was directing it — he’s in the editing room at the moment and I haven’t spoken to him, so I hope it’s gonna be great. But what was great and will continue to be great was the relationship with those women.
You’ve won several awards over the span of your career. Is there one you hold closest to your heart?
I think the Order of Australia that I received recently for my perceived contribution to cultural life in Australia was a pretty profound one for me. I’ve received several honorary doctorates. They meant an incredible amount to me.
You’ve portrayed iconic characters in the past, like Katharine Hepburn and Queen Elizabeth I of England.
But it depends who’s looking at you. You can act your socks off in the best screenplay ever written, but if the director is disinterested, if you don’t have a great cinematographer, if you’re not working with an amazing focus-puller and other actors who are engaged… It’s a conversation. I was really fortunate that Shekhar Kapur [director of Elizabeth] believed in me and was interested in what I had to offer.
When you were starting out, did you ever suffer imposter syndrome?
I think the imposter syndrome gets worse.
It does?
Oh, yeah. Definitely. You’ve got nothing to lose, in a way. And you’ve got no time to be frightened. The more that’s expected of you, the harder it is to put those expectations aside and continue to risk trying new things and failing. That space becomes more difficult, I think.
I heard you recently moved to the country. Is that a necessary move in order to get away from the noise? Or do you like city life just as much?
I do. But my husband’s a writer. To find a bit of quiet is difficult, not only with how busy our lives are, but how busy cities are and how noisy the 24-hour news cycle is. It’s also for our children. We both grew up riding our bikes around neighbourhoods with a bit of benign neglect from our parents, and it’s really hard to find that space now because we all keep one another under surveillance. It’s really great to be in places that don’t have WiFi.
What’s your favourite part of living in the country?
Probably the pigs and the chickens. But also, we’re undertaking constructing a garden, which has been so… You have to be very humble and very patient. You can’t plant certain things until the next seasons. Sometimes your so-called crops will fail. It’s about learning patience.
This is your third time at Diff. What keeps you coming back?
Chairing the IWC Filmmakers jury the first time [where four Gulf directors compete for partial funding], I just found the submissions really interesting and diverse. Film is not only a temporal medium but it’s a mirror that a society holds up to itself. What it chooses to examine and how it chooses to examine it.

via Gulfnews
Radio interview for the Kris Fade Show

A snippet from another interview

New magazine scans

Recent magazines scans

Recent magazines scans

Good evening! Cate Blanchett is on the cover of Jumeirah, magazine that sponsor the 14th Dubai International Film Festival, starting tomorrow. Cate will be head of the IWC Filmmakers Jury for the sixth IWC Filmmaker Award, that will be presented to the winning filmmaker at a star-studded gala on December 7. Open the scans by cliking on the cover.

We also recovered some missing magazines from 2017. Enjoy!

Cate Blanchett on the cover of Madame Figaro

Cate Blanchett on the cover of Madame Figaro

Good morning, what a way to begin a day! Cate Blanchett is on the over of the news issue of Madame Figaro (France), featuring a brand new photoshoot by Tom Munro. Enjoy the scans and the photoshoot!

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