Why Cate Blanchett Doesn’t Love Being Photographed

Why Cate Blanchett Doesn’t Love Being Photographed

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One more interview with Cate. She talked to Marie Claire Australia about the new fragrance by Giorgio Armani: Sì Passione.

Actress and Giorgio Armani ambassador, Cate Blanchett, sits down with marie claire to talk about her relationship with designer Giorgio Armani, what her favourite scent is, and why she’s taken so long to get used to being photographed.

Are you enjoying be back in Australia?

Yes, it’s not long enough, I really miss it. But we’ll come back later in the year.

As Ambassador for Giorgio Armani Si fragrances, what is it that you love most about the new Giorgio Armani Si Passione?

It’s an extension of Giorgio Armani Si’s blackberry, cascia story and I love the peppery quality of that, mixed with the pear [notes]. It’s very rich and syrupy.

What occasion do you imagine wearing this scent?

Fragrance is so personal. For this new Si Passione, people say, ”oh that’s a sensual evening scent”, which it is, but I would wear it during the day. I think that’s the wonderful thing, you can have the Si Eau de Toilette, which is lighter and then you have the same family [of scent] but you can wear it in a slightly more intense way.

What are the elements you look for in a fragrance?

I love fragrances that develop well; one that evolves on your skin as the day goes on. Si Passione absoutely does this, so I wear it a lot. It’s such a powerful thing, fragrance. And so personal. I still remember the smell of my grandmother and my mother and the smell of my suburb where I grew up.

It’s amazing isn’t it? You go straight back.

You do, it’s a real conduit, like this little rabbit hole that you fall down and you can move in parallel time. And it’s very intimate. I mean, there’s nothing more intimate than giving someone a fragrance.

What do you love about Giorgio Armani – both the brand and the designer?

Mr. Armarni was one of the first designers to bring traditionally masculine tailoring into a woman’s wardrobe. He has [always] been interested in the male silhouette but he’s also interested in the female silhouette – he designs for women in all their complexities. The Si fragrance is an expression of women in all their complexities too; Mr Armani talks about her strengths as well as her fragilities, her incredible sensuality, but also her wit and her humour. She is complex and varied.

We are definitely not one dimensional…

Yes, some days you think, ‘I’m really quite fragile today’, and the next, you’ve found your mojo again, but you’re still the same person. And those things can coexist. It’s much more an Eastern way of looking at the world; that those dualities coexist. In the West, we tend to be much more black or white and you can’t mix the two.

Do you have a signature scent that you go back to all the time? Or do you mix it up depending on your mood?

For me, the Passione is the one that I wear the most. A friend of mine made a scent which I wear occasionally but I love those deeper woody notes contained within Si. You know, I can smell firewood and leather and pepper, it’s really subterranean.

What was it like to shoot this new campaign?

I’ve worked with Tom Munro a lot. I just adore him. It’s really fantastic when you can work with someone and do such different things. It’s not like you’re repeating yourself. And I find that with my relationship with Mr. Armani, he’s constantly challenging himself, constantly uncovering new terrain. He’s intensely curious about the world; his empire includes everything from haute couture to chocolates. It’s remarkable. And I find that with Tom, depending on the mood of the fragrance, we’ve done such different things together, so I loved it. It’s just an excuse to see him really.

What was it like creating this new campaign?

Well it’s a big responsibility. To be given the responsibility of somehow embodying all these complex aspects of being female, but I can’t dwell on it too much otherwise I’d just seize up. I feel much more myself when I’m in motion so it’s taken me a long time to get used to being photographed.

Really? That’s so surprising because you are such a successful actress…

It wasn’t something I aspired to or identified with. Maybe now, with the evolution of the selfie and people constantly looking at themselves, [being photographed] is just part of being alive, but when I was growing up and I looked at the women in fashion magazines, I thought, “that’s not even that person”. It took me a while to find my way, but when you work with great photographers and you work with wonderful stylists and hair and makeup people then it becomes fun. It’s a character.

In pictures though, you’re more Cate Blanchett than when you’re playing a role…

It’s an aspect [of me]. I’ve learn that a lot with Tom, having worked with him over and over again, but it’s more [about creating] an atmosphere. I mean, fragrance is a very personal, aspirational dreaming space. So you’re trying to imbue that atmosphere.

You’ve been ambassador for Giorgio Armani since 2013. What has that experience been like?

It’s been great, being a part of the Armani family has been one of the great privileges of my life actually. Because growing up, feeling, you know, I felt that maybe I had energies and aspirations that at that time would’ve been designated masculine. I looked at the silhouettes that he was creating and I felt myself in those things. I can still be traditionally feminine but have access to that strength and confidence. With my first pay-cheque I bought an Armani suit.

Did you really?!

It was on sale. The pay-cheque wasn’t that big [laughs]. But you know, it’s been through my high school years.

So you’ve sort of gone a full circle.

Yeah, but never did I ever think I would meet him or develop a creative relationship with him. It’s a great privilege. There are very few people left in the fashion world who are as experienced and directly connected to history in the fashion industry but also continue to evolve as his does.

If you don’t mind us asking…You are known for having flawless skin. What is your skincare routine?

I realised that you had to exfoliate a few years ago so I do that a couple of time a week. But I’ve started taking these skin vitamins that have been really great. I try and drink water. And then I use a facial essence by SKII. I always use that and I always use sunscreen.

If you could finish this sentence, before I leave the house I always…

Well, I never leave the bathroom without putting fragrance on, (everything has to be done in the bathroom). But if I’m putting one beauty thing on, it would be mascara. Then I’d get into the car and realise I’ve forgotten everything else…

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Cate Blanchett talks to The Londoner/The Evening Standard

Cate Blanchett talks to The Londoner/The Evening Standard

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Last Monday, Cate Blanchett attended the launch party of the Locksmith’s Primrose Hill animation studio in London. During this event, Cate talked to The Londonner/Evening Standard. Read it below. Thanks to WLC on CBF Chat for sharing the news with us!

Cate gets behind a female trio who plan to shake up film animation

CATE Blanchett has offered her seal of approval to a new London film venture. The Oscar-winning actress was in Primrose Hill last night for the launch of the UK’s first dedicated high-end CG feature animation studio, Locksmith Animation.

The new purpose-built, female-led studio is being fronted by Sarah Smith, Elisabeth Murdoch and Julie Lockhart, pictured left to right. “I’m here because of the amazing women I’m supporting tonight,” Blanchett told The Londoner. “Julie and Sarah have been leading for so long and them linking up with the likes of Liz is not only exciting for audiences but the industry. It’s time we saw women in these positions.”

Who knows, we might be seeing Cate in one of Locksmith’s forthcoming movies. “I’m a huge fan,” she said. “I remember the first time I saw an animation by Disney it blew my mind.”

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The House with a Clock in Its Walls poster + infos

The House with a Clock in Its Walls poster + infos

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The poster for The House with a Clock in Its Walls has been added to our gallery! Also the official website and the social media profiles are listed below. Enjoy!

Website: www.housewithaclock.com
Twitter: twitter.com/housewithaclock
Instagram: www.instagram.com/housewithaclock
Facebook: www.facebook.com/housewithaclock
#HouseWithaClock

Cate Blanchett on the cover of S/Magazine Spring 2018

Cate Blanchett on the cover of S/Magazine Spring 2018

Hello Everyone! Cate is on the cover of S/Magazine for the spring issue, on display till june 11th, here’s the article:

Cate Blanchett: A Reigning Queen Of Hollywood Cinema

“Where are you?” Cate Blanchett pleads urgently from Italy. “Why aren’t you in Milan?” The actor, 48, is visiting the fashion capital as the House of Armani’s guest during fashion week. When told that this writer is calling from Toronto, she considers our situations. “Hmmm, Milan, Toronto,” she sing-songs, punctuated by a laugh that says it all. “No offense,” she adds.

It’s been mere seconds, yet Cate Blanchett’s confident irreverence is already electrifying the conversation from across the ocean. With performances in films as varied as Elizabeth, The Lord of the Rings and Blue Jasmine, it’s easy to forget that the biggest character of all might be Blanchett herself. Her headline-making quips are as funny as they are fearless, unabashedly voicing her resistance to all forms of injustice. Take her speech at last fall’s InStyle Awards in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. “Women like looking sexy, but it doesn’t mean we want to f–k you,” she said. “No one says to Steve Bannon, ‘You look like a bag of trash. Do you want me to throw you out?’”If there’s anything unifying her wildly eclectic roster of characters, it must be the weight of their onscreen presence, whether she’s channelling Queen Elizabeth I (Elizabeth and Elizabeth: The Golden Age) or Katherine Hepburn (her Oscar-winning role in The Aviator), playing Cinderella’s sinister stepmother (2015’s Cinderella) or a self-centred snob tumbling down the social ladder (Blue Jasmine). She brings the same degree of commitment to playing someone as ripped-from-the-headlines as CBS News producer Mary Mapes (Truth) or as fantastic as Hela, goddess of death and fancier of flamboyant headwear (Thor: Ragnarok).

Her next two roles continue to prove there is no such thing as a “Cate Blanchett movie.” Next up is Richard Linklater’s comedic drama Where’d You Go, Bernadette, out this May, in which she plays a reclusive architect who becomes an unlikely missing person just before a family vacation. “He’s so profoundly laid back it belies how meticulous he is,” she says of the Oscar-winning Boyhood director. “And he’s got this real sort of rubbish-radar. He’s very authentic.”

She’ll follow the indie with a summer blockbuster-to-be, Ocean’s 8, opening June (wait for it) 8th, a spin-off of Ocean’s Eleven in which an eclectic group of women team up to pull off the ultimate heist at the glitzy Met Gala. Blanchett was as excited as anyone by the dream cast, which includes Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna, Sarah Paulson, and rapper Awkwafina. “You couldn’t meet a better bunch of women,” she says, chummily listing off her co-stars by first name (Bullock is “Sandy”; Hathaway is “Annie”). She adds with a laugh, “I hope the film’s good, but, you know, that remains to be seen.”

It’s rare to find a blockbuster stacked with so many A-list female actors. When it’s noted that she’s starred in a number of films, such as The Lord of the Rings series and the George Clooney-directed The Monuments Men, with overwhelmingly male casts, she quips, “Haven’t we all.” When she won Best Actress at the Oscars for Blue Jasmine in 2014, she said in her acceptance speech, “Those of us in the industry who are still foolishly clinging to the idea that female films with women at the centre are niche experiences, they are not. Audiences want to see them, and, in fact, they earn money. The world is round, people!” But feminist altruism certainly wasn’t why she signed on to Ocean’s 8. “You can’t make things only for political or social reasons,” she says. “It has to be a light, chic, cool piece of entertainment. No matter how good the performances are it will live or die on that rhythm.”

It’s delightfully meta that Blanchett will sass the extravagant Met Gala in Ocean’s 8 as Blanchett is herself one of the reigning queens of modern Hollywood style. Though she’s almost always hailed on the “best dressed” list, she couldn’t help but despair a few years ago when she was invited to stick her toes into the E! channel’s pedi cam on the Golden Globes red carpet (the mani-pedi cam has since been discontinued). “I thought, this is a new low,” she says. Another time, at the 2014 SAG Awards, she interrupted an interview with E!’s Giuliana Rancic when she caught the camera doing a toe-to-head swoop of her outfit. “Do you do to that to the guys?” she asked, crouching and pointing her finger into the lens as the camera panned up her torso. “What do you think is going to happen down there that is so fascinating?”

“When you get commodified and it becomes mercantile, then all the pleasure goes out of it,” she says today. Not that Blanchett doesn’t love the pageantry of the red carpet. “You only get to wear these incredible pieces of couture in the arena,” she says, likening the style spectacle to the kind of gladiatorial showmanship seen in Thor: Ragnarok. “I love beautiful things, and to work with designers on one-off pieces is such a privilege and such a pleasure.”

Blanchett formalized her close relationship with Giorgio Armani and his empire of Italian tailoring in 2013, when she signed on as the face of the house’s Sì fragrance. It’s her first, and to this day her only, fragrance campaign. She’s used her platform as a perfume evangelist to speak about deeper topics, including the strength of women and the beauty of duality; how one person can be both fragile and tough, masculine and feminine.

Scent is one of the triggers that Blanchett has used to create characters both onstage and onscreen. They aren’t always pretty. “I was playing a very obnoxious, loud individual,” she says, referencing a part in a play, the name of which escapes her. “So I wore something that had a lot of tuberose in it. It really annoyed one of my fellow actors. He said, ‘If you don’t stop wearing that perfume, I’m going to stop wearing deodorant.’ It became the stink wars!”

She wore Sì Intense during last year’s Broadway run of The Present, a retelling of Anton Chekov’s Platonov adapted by her husband of 20 years, playwright and director Andrew Upton. “I like to think that if you walk down stage centre that an audience can get a whiff of it,” she says.

The latest incarnation of Sì, Sì Passione, brings a flourish of jasmine to the rose floral fragrance. “That, for me, is very sensual,” says perfumer Julie Massé, who co-created the original Sì with Christine Nagel. She also added the floral heliotrope to the heart. “It has an almond note,” she says. “It gives a slightly comfortable and warm background.”

But it’s the flanker’s lasting depth that appeals most to Blanchett. “I love the fragrances with a really great base note,” she says, citing Sì Passione’s cedar and vanilla base as part of its allure. “You have these very comfortable bottom notes and you want to come back to it,” Massé says. “When you come back to your scarf or someone passes you, there is something that appeals but it is not something that is heavy.”

It’s a comfortable contrast with the reigning top notes, which are soft and fresh: think spicy pink pepper, pear, and blackcurrant. Along with the peppery top notes, Blanchett describes Sì Passione as carrying “a mysterious, sensual depth.” When does she wear it? “I’d say wear it at night,” Blanchett says. “But I want that feeling all day long.”

With that, Blanchett is being called away. “I am getting that helicopter signal,” she says peevishly, describing the twirling finger that is the universal symbol for “wrap it up.” There is so much left to say, but rest assured that it will take more than the wave of a finger to silence Blanchett.

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The House with a Clock in Its Walls trailer is here! See Cate Blanchett as Florence Zimmerman!

The House with a Clock in Its Walls trailer is here! See Cate Blanchett as Florence Zimmerman!

Hello Blanchetters!

Yesterday we got the first still featuring Cate Blanchett in The House with a Clock in Its Walls. Today, Universal Pictures released its first trailer. Watch it below!



In the tradition of Amblin classics where fantastical events occur in the most unexpected places, Jack Black and two-time Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett star in The House with a Clock in Its Walls. The magical adventure tells the spine-tingling tale of 10-year-old Lewis (Owen Vaccaro), who goes to live with his uncle in a creaky old house with a mysterious tick-tocking heart. But his new town’s sleepy façade jolts to life with a secret world of warlocks and witches when Lewis accidentally awakens the dead.

Based on the beloved children’s classic written by John Bellairs and illustrated by Edward Gorey, The House with a Clock in Its Walls is directed by master frightener Eli Roth (Death Wish) and written by Eric Kripke (creator of TV’s Supernatural). Co-starring Kyle MacLachlan, Colleen Camp, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Vanessa Anne Williams and Sunny Suljic, it is produced by Mythology Entertainment’s Brad Fischer (Shutter Island) and James Vanderbilt (Zodiac), as well as Kripke.

Executive produced by William Sherak, Tracey Nyberg and Laeta Kalogridis, The House with a Clock in Its Walls will be released by Universal Pictures in theaters on Friday, September 21, 2018.

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First photos of Jack Black, Cate Blanchett in ‘The House with a Clock in Its Walls’

First photos of Jack Black, Cate Blanchett in ‘The House with a Clock in Its Walls’

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Some news about The House with a Clock in Its Walls. The film is set to open on September 21. Enjoy!

The same week Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One comes out, we’ve got an exclusive peek at something else that’s downright Spielbergian.

Here are the first photos of The House with a Clock in Its Walls (in theaters Sept. 21), horror director Eli Roth’s new family-friendly magical adventure that stars Jack Black as a small-town warlock and Cate Blanchett as the witch next door. (The debut trailer drops Tuesday morning.)


Based on the 1973 children’s book by author John Bellairs and illustrator Edward Gorey, and set in the mid-20th century, the heartfelt coming-of-age story casts Owen Vaccaro (Daddy’s Home) as 10-year-old orphan Lewis Barnavelt, who comes to live with his uncle Jonathan (Black) in the older man’s creaky old house.

However, it’s no ordinary place: The building is a character in and of itself, with furniture, stained glass windows and other aspects that come to life as well as a mysterious tick-tocking heart at its center that has the power to end the world. When Lewis inadvertently wakens the dead, he begins to learn a lot more about the wondrous (and occasionally dangerous) world around him — including wand-waving neighbor Florence Zimmerman (Blanchett).

Written by Supernatural creator Eric Kripke, the film (from Spielberg’s longtime production company Amblin Entertainment) also stars Twin Peaks icon Kyle McLachlan, ’80s-movie stalwart Colleen Camp, Renée Elise Goldsberry (of Hamilton fame) and newcomers Vanessa Anne Williams and Sunny Suljic.

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