Cate Blanchett is on the cover of F Magazine and MiNDFOOD Magazine’s March 2023 issue. Elizabeth Stewart shared some photos of Cate during the Oscars week.
Below are a few TÁR-related interviews from the past weeks. Todd Field also breaks down a scene in TÁR which you can watch below.
If you are on your desktop you can see on the right side of this page all the awards and nominations Cate received for her performance in TÁR, or if you are using your mobile phone you can keep scrolling down for the list.
And… CUT! After the third and final take of filming the video for 'The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte,’ elated hugs were shared between Ron, Russell and Cate Blanchett ?
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L’AVENÇ is available on newsstands in Spain. Digital edition can be purchased here.
CINEASTE have Cate Blanchett as Lydia Tár on their cover, they interviewed director, Todd Field. If you are interested for a copy, you can buy here.
Interview is Google translated from Italian to English. Original text is on the scans below.
What attracted you to this film [TÁR]?
When I read the script I remembered the time that inspired me to become an actress. One day as I was playing the piano, a teacher put her hand on mine and said, “Cate, you’re made for acting.” It was an epiphany, it was suddenly clear to me that playing a musician excites me more than actually being one. Acting has always been in my nature, it comes naturally to me and I enjoy it a lot, for me it’s like playing.
You said this was one of your most difficult characters to play.
Lydia Tár won me over instantly, because she has talent, power, charm. She shares her life with another woman and together they have a daughter. She is a good mother. But, at the same time, she has this dark side that leads her to abuse her power without limits, not caring about others and the harm she causes. Tár is such a controversial character that entered me immediately. I love challenges, I love dealing with human psychology. I believed so much in this project that I produced it.
In the face of the abuse of power often I know it’s silent.
Unfortunately, in contemporary society, wrong behavior on the part of those in a position of power is too frequently accepted as if they were normal. I hope that the film leads to reflection on this issue as well.
Someone criticized for attributing abusive behavior to a lesbian woman that usually belongs to men.
I respect everyone’s opinions. But let’s try to ask ourselves: does the abuse of power have a gender? When I approached Tár, I thought that the tendency to abuse does not depend on whether you are a man, a woman or belong to the LGBTQ community, but on the person. Some of us let ourselves be blinded by success, by the desire to excel, by ambition. They think they are omnipotent, they don’t accept a “no”, they want that the other do whatever they want, not caring about other’s happiness, but only about their own.
And this can ultimately turn out to be a boomerang.
Tár is gifted with incredible talent and genius, but throughout the film we discover an increasingly articulated personality. She is not only a conductor, a renowned composer and the first woman at the top of the Berlin Philharmonic: Tár is married to a woman who is her first violin, she teaches at New York’s Juilliard ridiculing a student who dared to call Bach a misogynist, favors a musician for whom she has a sexual attraction and humiliates another girl to the point of driving her to suicide. It’s as if she lacks empathy, as if she lives in her own world that leads her to have no mercy on others. I identified with her through her passion for her work, but otherwise I am a totally different woman. Feelings come first for me.
In fact, you managed to build a beautiful united family despite the work that you do.
We are normal. We have so much fun together, sometimes we quarrel and reconcile, other times we discuss problems affecting the world, because I want my children to have a social conscience. My husband and I have been fighting for years to save the planet. We also have a completely ecological house.
You are one of the most solid couples of Hollywood.
Our secret is to have a good balance in our role as parents, we share all responsibilities equally and trust each other.
You also work together. From 2008 to 2012 you were co-director of the Sydney Theater Company, with great success. And you also share the production house Dirty Films.
Theater was my first great love and working with Andrew was amazing. We would like to repeat a similar experience. We are open to moving around the world, especially when our children will all become fully independent. Creativity is our glue, the flame of our passion. Together, we are not afraid to dare.
How did it start between you?
The chemistry was evident from the moment we met. The first kiss took place at a poker game and after three weeks he asked me to marry him, telling me that we were made for each other and that he wanted to build a life with me. That evening I had cooked an inedible dinner, he knelt down in front of me and made me the proposal. I like Andrew’s resourcefulness: he speaks little and acts a lot.
You are Australian but now you have settled in England. How come?
It’s halfway there. My children go to school there, and it is a land to which I feel ever more connected. I’m even thinking about doing theater in London. But I remain a citizen of the world and I think it is healthy for my children to see that their mother travels, works, is committed to what she believes in, is a feminist who fights for women’s rights and for equality of all kinds. I want them to be aware adults and I want to guide them towards the values necessary to build a better world.
Cate Blanchett reflects on the value of awards and her fascination with complicated women
MiNDFOOD March cover star Cate Blanchett talks about her powerful performance in Tár, and the criticism she’s faced playing a compromised female.
“Lydia is a character, and suffers from the same complications and complications as might a man,” she says. “There is no directive I have to only play strong females – it doesn’t work like that.”
Speaking to MiNDFOOD about the awards she has garnered throughout her long career – two Oscar wins for The Aviator and Blue Jasmine – she says she doesn’t place too much value on Hollywood accolades.
“The true measure of performance can only ever come from within,” she says. “No award will ever convince you of your worthiness unless you feel it yourself too. Actors fake a lot to others, but never themselves.”
Known to play strong, complicated female characters, Blanchett certainly upholds the progress made by women over the last generation, despite encountering some criticism in Tár for her portrayal of a compromised female.
“The gender is irrelevant,” she says. “Lydia is a character, and suffers the same complications and conflictions as might a man. Put another way, there is no directive I have to only play strong females – it doesn’t work like that.
“Anyway, I don’t believe in the notion that a woman can ‘have it all’. I actually don’t know that many women who want ‘it all’, but what we should recognise is we have become so much more independent in terms of wanting to pursue careers in society and enjoying the same kinds of opportunities as men.”