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Magazine scans + Ocean’s 8 interviews

Magazine scans + Ocean’s 8 interviews

Hello Everyone!

We are adding more magazine scans to our gallery and of course, Ocean’s 8 interviews. We have to treasure these because we are heading to the last days of international promotion and soon we will be missing these daily goodies. But before that, let’s spoils us one more time!

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Ocean’s 8 – Press, press, press!!

Ocean’s 8 – Press, press, press!!

Hello Blanchetters!!
We have a lot of new contents to share with you all. As you can see the updates are slowing down a bit, but they are more rich. The amount of work is simply too much to post more frequently, but, hey, it’s promotion time, and we love it!

Let’s start with some recent magazine scans, without any new interviews, but a lot of lovely pics:

New photoshoot for Madame Le Figaro, shot in Cannes. Photo by Damon Baker

And now, Ocean’s 8 press junket. Enjoy!

The Associated Press interviews have a different editing from Twitter to Youtube, we have added them all.

The cast of Ocean’s Eight supports the Moments Worth Paying For Campaing promoted by The Industry Trust. Read more here

New promotional video!

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Posted by Ocean's 8 on Friday, June 1, 2018

From the video interviews to the written words

Cate Blanchett on ‘Ocean’s 8’: I have hit the jackpot

LOS ANGELES—Cate Blanchett, striking in a bright yellow pantsuit, gold heels and the reddest lipstick, walked into a hotel meeting room in Manhattan looking like she owned the world.

“No, I think Viacom and Google own the world,” she quipped.

The Aussie, who recently headed the Cannes Film Festival jury, is one of the few actresses in contemporary cinema who evokes true glamour and the magnetism of the stars of Hollywood’s golden age.

Asked how she does it—consistently among the stunners on the red carpet—Cate cracks, “Oh it’s easy. I wake up and look like that. No hair and makeup people. I do it all myself (laughs). What is great is that I have had a long creative relationship with a lot of designers, Mr. Armani being one of them. When I got my first check from my very first job, I bought an on-sale Armani suit which I still have.”

But this afternoon, the Time’s Up cofounder was wearing Stella McCartney. “What I really wanted to do in Cannes was wear all-female designers. It’s great to wear young, emerging female designers when you have that platform. Being a woman who has a brain doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t like dressing up. I do it for a living (laughs).”

In “Ocean’s 8,” Cate and Sandra Bullock play Lou and Debbie, respectively—who are partners in crime pulling off an elaborate heist at New York’s fabulous Met Gala.

The goal is a $150-million Cartier necklace worn by an actress, Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway). Also in the cast are Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina and Rihanna.

Cate and her husband, playwright and screenwriter Andrew Upton, their three biological sons and one adopted daughter live in the UK.

Excerpts from the interview:

Would you make a good thief? If you could steal anything, what would it be? Oh gosh. Awkwafina or Nora (Lum) said this funny thing, “I am going to steal the narrative!” So I am with her. I would make a terrible thief. I have such guilt and shame about so much stuff. But my thing is that I go to the supermarket and that is when I want to start stealing stuff—apples, oranges, chocolate bars, cocoa powder, Altoids and little things like that.

If someone gave you a $150-million Cartier necklace, what would you do with it? I would cut it up and divide it between the have-nots in this world.

This movie shows the friendship between these women. Did you know most of your costars before this movie? How did you make the less experienced actors feel confident? Everyone felt like they were at the top of their game. Nora has such incredible energy, as does Rihanna even though they may have necessarily not made as many movies. Mindy is an extraordinary writer and problem solver and an amazing listener. I have met Sandy (Sandra Bullock) and Annie (Anne Hathaway) before. I worked with Sarah before.

Everyone else was new. So there was a sense of everyone sniffing each other out, which happens in the film. But it really only took a couple of days and then we were starting to get into the rhythm.

What was it like working with Rihanna? She is one of the most fluid, easy, relaxed and natural performers that I have ever seen. And those eyes. You just look at her and your jaw would drop.

When did you feel like you hit the jackpot in your professional life? I remember when I was cast years ago in a play right out of drama school called “Oleanna” by David Mamet, opposite Geoffrey Rush at the Sydney Theatre Company. I wept when I got the job. I thought it doesn’t get any better than this and it’s going to be all downhill from here.

Early on in my career, I took on roles that actresses turned down because they were girlfriend roles. I tried to subvert that cliché and find something fresh in them, so I try to make an opportunity out of whatever.

But yeah, I feel, particularly with this film, look at them (looks at the all-women cast in the poster beside her), that’s a f***ing jackpot right there (laughs). That doesn’t happen often and it’s rare.

We made the film awhile back. And even in the last 18 months, two years, the landscape has changed enormously. It still felt like an anomaly. There are so many female-centric films being made, on development slates at the moment, that I think there is going to be an explosion.

We had a fan screening and we popped in and it was a really diverse mix in the audience. There were men and women of all ages, shapes, sizes and nationalities. This is not a niche film. It’s a great, funny, entertaining tentpole movie. So I feel like I have hit the jackpot.

And when did you hit the jackpot, personally? Meeting my husband (Andrew Upton). And, as a result, my family.

How did the addition of a girl change the family dynamics? How did your three boys adjust to having a sister? I wasn’t a girl who grew up thinking I would love to have kids. But then, I met my husband and we had a child. We talked about adopting after our first child. Then we had another child and talked about adopting again (laughs).

So it wasn’t about having a little girl. When we adopted, we felt like we had space in our lives. I am so proud of my three boys for the way they have welcomed her into their lives. She is wise beyond her years but she is only 3 years old.

You have been at the forefront of the Time’s Up movement. What are your hopes in how this movement will change Hollywood? There is no forefront to this movement. It’s a nonhierarchal inclusive movement that is rolling like a massive rolling stone, bigger than any of the individuals involved. I am in a very public industry, and when one stands up and says anything outside one’s lane, outside the lane of what you are wearing, you are open to criticism.

I feel that it’s upon us to make the seismic changes we need to make in our industry. So that those changes can happen in other, less visible industries. Because there is not an industry I can think of where there is equal pay for equal work, or where abuse as a power doesn’t exist, for men and for women. So equality is not a political issue—it’s a human issue.

How much did you enjoy being the president of the Cannes Film Festival jury? It was one of the great privileges of my life. It was one of the happiest and most fascinating experiences I have ever had. It was a privilege and a huge responsibility, but it’s a democratic process. When you are in a great position of leadership, one of the strongest skills you can have is to listen.


Ocean’s 8: See Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, and the gang in a new still for the movie

Ocean’s 8: See Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, and the gang in a new still for the movie

Hello fans!

We have been blessed this morning with a new still for Ocean’s 8, the new film directed by Gary Ross and starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Paulson, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna and Awkwafina. The movie is set to be released in June. See the article released by Entertainment Weekly.

Ocean's 8 Still Cate Blanchett Fan

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Eight powerhouse ladies. $150 million in diamonds. One star-studded fashion gala. And a heist to rule them all.

Sandra Bullock and her team of grifters usher in this summer’s cool factor with Ocean’s 8, an expansion of Steven Soderbergh’s George Clooney-starring franchise that features Danny Ocean’s sister Debbie (Bullock) taking the wheel.

“The vibe of the Ocean’s universe, which felt like a smooth drive in a vintage car with somebody who knew how to shift gears beautifully, I think we have that too,” says Anne Hathaway, who plays Daphne, an actress who wears the diamond necklace at the center of the heist at the Met Gala.

The con of the century deserves only the best team, and Debbie and her co-conspirator Lou Miller (Cate Blanchett) know just the gang: suave hacker Nine Ball (Rihanna), jeweler Amita (Mindy Kaling), fashion designer Rose (Helena Bonham Carter), savvy fence Tammy (Sarah Paulson), and street con artist Constance (Awkwafina).

“We tried to make each one of these women distinct people, who share a lot but reflect a wide range of backgrounds and experience,” says director and co-writer Gary Ross, adding that he and writer Olivia Milch continued to hone the characters after casting the actors. “Nine Ball wasn’t originally written to be of Caribbean descent, but we talked about how much fun it would be to lean into that. And Mindy’s character Amita wasn’t written to be specifically from Jackson Heights [in Queens], where there is a thriving Indian community, but it ended up being a wonderful fit.”

“She’s more buttoned-up than almost any character that I’ve ever played, which is a challenge for me,” Kaling said about playing Amita, who lives with her mother, works in her family’s jewelry business, and has to contend with a glamorous, newly married older sister. Meanwhile, Hathaway shed her good-girl image as the rather unlikable Daphne. “She’s awful,” Hathaway says with a laugh, “and those are always the most fun characters to play. She’s very self-absorbed, entitled, and insecure — and lonely as a result.”

There was no loneliness on the New York set of the film, however, with the cast — who remain on a text chain together — forming firm friendships over shared experiences. “I learned a lot about parenting from seeing Cate and Sandy bring their kids to set. I was very excited to tell everyone that I was pregnant, and they were so happy for me,” said Kaling.

Watching Bullock and Blanchett’s dynamic in the movie alone is worth tuning in for, Kaling added.

“They’re so loved by women and they never do the same kind of movies,” she said. “It’s really fun to see them playing best friends in a film.”


Meet The Jury of the 71st Festival de Cannes under the presidency of Cate Blanchett

Meet The Jury of the 71st Festival de Cannes under the presidency of Cate Blanchett

Hi Blanchetters!

The Jury of Cannes 2018 has been revealed. Also a new photo of Cate has become available. It belongs to a photoshoot from 2015 by Steve Chee for Variety. Take a look at the pic and official press release below.

Facing a renewed Competition which presents filmmakers who will compete for the first time, the Jury of the next edition of the Festival de Cannes (8-19 May 2018) invites 5 women, 4 men, 7 nationalities and 5 continents under the presidency of Cate Blanchett.

The Jury will reveal his prize list on Saturday, May 19 during the Closing Ceremony.


Cate Blanchett – President
(Australian actress, producer)

Chang Chen
(Chinese Actor)

Ava DuVernay
(American writer, director, producer)

Robert Guédiguian
(French director, writer, producer)

Khadja Nin
(Burundian songwriter, composer, singer)

Léa Seydoux
(French actress)

Kristen Stewart
(American actress)

Denis Villeneuve
(Canadian director, writer)

Andrey Zvyagintsev
(Russian director, writer)

Chang Chen – Chinese Actor
Chang Chen made his film debut in the late Edward Yang’s A Brighter Summer Day. He rose to fame in the Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in 2000. His film credits include Wong Kar Wai’s Happy Together (1997), 2046 (2004), The Grandmaster (2013), Hou Hsiao-hsien’s Three Times (2005) and The Assassin (2015), Tian Zhuangzhuang’s The Go Master (2006) John Woo’s Red Cliff (2008-2009), The Last Supper directed by Lu Chuan (2012). In 2017, he returned for Yang Lu’s film Brotherhood of Blades II and recently played in Forever young by Fangfang Li.

Ava DuVernay – American Writer, Director, Producer
Nominated for the Academy Award and Golden Globe and winner of the BAFTA and EMMY, Ava DuVernay is a writer, director, producer and film distributor known for the historical drama Selma (2014), the criminal justice documentary 13TH (2016) and the recent Disney’s cinematic adaptation of the classic children’s novel A wrinkle in Time. Winner of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival’s Best Director Prize for her film Middle of Nowhere, DuVernay amplifies the work of people of color and women directors through her film collective ARRAY.

Robert Guédiguian – French Director, writer, producer
The work of Robert Guédiguian, an activist filmmaker, celebrates the city of Marseille where he grew up. Acclaimed by critics when he first started directing in the 80s, he met public success with Marius and Jeannette, which won the Prix Louis-Delluc in 1997. His film credits include Marie-Jo et ses deux amours (2002) Le Promeneur du Champ de Mars (2004), Le Voyage en Arménie (2007), Lady Jane (2008), L’armée du crime (2009), The Snows of Kilimanjaro (2011). His latest film in date, The House by the Sea (2017), received enthusiastic response from critics and audience.

Khadja Nin – Burundian Songwriter, composer, singer
Youngest of a family of eight Khadja Nin studied music at an early age, before leaving Africa to go to Europe. Her albums are a mix of occidental popmusic, African and afro-cuban rhythms. She gained wide recognition and success with « Sambolera Mayi Son ». “Ya…” (“From me to you”) is a wonderful tribute to Mandela and the video of her song “Mama” was directed by Jeanne Moreau. International Artist, she became a Unicef and ACP Observatory on Migration Good Will Ambassador. She was awarded the Prize “Prix de l’Action Feminine” by the African Women’s League in 2016. She has been committed to support ordinary heroes.

Léa Seydoux – French Actress
Rising to fame with Christophe Honoré’s The Beautiful Person in 2008, Léa Seydoux is an award-winning actress, notably the Palme d’or for Abdelatif Kechiche’s Blue is the Warmest Colour in 2013. She successfully alternates between author and mainstream films. Her film credits include Rebecca Zlotowski’s Dear Prudence and Grand Central, Benoît Jacquot’s Farewell, My Queen and Diary of a Chambermaid, Bertrand Bonello’s Saint Laurent, Sam Mendes’ Spectre, Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster and Xavier Dolan’s It’s Only the End of the World.

Kristen Stewart – American Actress
Kristen Stewart has been playing roles since an early age and received widespread recognition in 2008 for The Twilight Saga film series (2008–12). Her film credit includes Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), Equals by Drake Doremus (2015), Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ang Lee (2016), and several Festival de Cannes Selections On the Road by Walter Salles (2012), Clouds of Sils Maria (2014) and Personal Shopper (2016) both by Olivier Assayas (2014) as well as Café Society by Woody Allen. She directed her first short film Come Swim in 2017.

Denis Villeneuve – Canadian director, writer
Internationally renowned and recently two-time Academy Award winner for Blade Runner 2049, Denis Villeneuve made his debut at the National Film Board of Canada in the early 90’s. His first feature, Un 32 août sur terre (1998) was invited to Cannes. He returned there with Next Floor (2008), Polytechnique (2009) and the Oscar nominated Sicario (2015). In 2010 Incendies was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. In 2017, Arrival was nominated for 8 Oscars and 9 BAFTAs, including best movie and best director.

Andreï Zvyagintsev – Russian Director, writer
Multi-award winning filmmaker Andreï Zvyagintsev has already become one of the most respected directors in Russian and international cinema. He directed his first feature film in 2003 The Return which won him a Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. He has continued to write and direct award-winning feature films The Banishment (2007), Elena (2011) and Leviathan (2014). His most recent film Loveless won the Jury Prize at the Festival de Cannes 2017, and was among the nominees at the Golden Globe and 90th Academy Awards.


Cate Blanchett on Curve Magazine – Full Article

Cate Blanchett on Curve Magazine – Full Article

Hi everyone!

Due to a problem with our sources, the Curve magazine scans were released missing the page 65. Therefore we post the full article below. Enjoy!

Cate Blanchett Takes Her Rightful Place In The Lesbian Hall Of Fame

She has won two Oscars and has another 149 wins and almost 200 nominations to her name.

As perhaps the greatest film star of her generation, she’s an actor so versatile that she can play an albino Italian immigrant, an elf queen, the bisexual actor Katharine Hepburn, and a man— Bob Dylan. As a trained theater actor she is also adept at interpreting Shakespeare, Chekhov, and Ibsen. And on top of all the mainstream critical acclaim, Cate Blanchett has taken her rightful place in the pantheon of lesbian screen goddesses through her unwavering dedication to the strength and individuality of women everywhere, including those who are marginalized and queer. From the outset of her career, Blanchett has played strong, determined, and unique women: Elizabeth I, Charlotte Gray, Galadriel, Veronica Guerin, Hepburn, and Lady Marion Loxley—to name just a few. Even when she plays a completely vulnerable and unhinged mess, like Jasmine French in Blue Jasmine, she walks off with an Oscar. Blanchett makes a damn good villain, too: Marissa Wiegler in Hanna, the wicked stepmother in Cinderella, and Hela in Thor: Ragnarok. She can also handle playing 13 characters in one film, as she did in the indie film Manifesto. As we go to press, she is attached to play the comic genius Lucille Ball in an upcoming biopic (script by Aaron Sorkin); in addition she has four films in post-production and one she is currently filming. Blanchett may be approaching 50, but she’s not slowing down—and each of the challenging roles she now takes on is a victory for aging women. When asked by Stephen Colbert why Ocean’s Eight was thus named, her witty riposte was, “There’s only eight women working in Hollywood,” alluding both to the widespread sexism in the industry and to the aging out of female stars—a cruelty she seems determined to defy.

Blanchett has proven herself to be delightfully outspoken on and off the red carpet. When the Harvey Weinstein scandal erupted in Hollywood, she released an official statement to the film industry’s news magazine, Variety: “Any man in a position of power or authority who thinks it’s his prerogative to threaten, intimidate or sexually assault any woman he encounters or works alongside needs to be called to account. It is never easy for a woman to come forward in such situations and I wholeheartedly support those who have.” When the Weinstein sexual molestation scandal spread into the fashion industry, Blanchett went even further, telling assembled guests at the InStyle Awards in Los Angeles, where she was accepting an award, “For me, the true icons of style are always those women who’ve been utterly themselves without apology, whose physical presence and their aesthetic is really integrated in a non-self-conscious way, into part of who they are, and women who know that how they look is not all of who they are, but just an extension of that. It’s about women who feel free to wear what they want when they want and how they want to wear it. We all like looking sexy, but it doesn’t mean we want to fuck you.”

In an industry where actresses are supposed to trade on their looks, pay their dues, and play nice, or else, Blanchett always seems to remain true to herself: feisty, witty, sharp-tongued, and quintessentially Aussie. And of course she herself is a style icon, exploring many different looks, but always in ways that suit and please her. She’s nobody’s dummy. She balances feminine couture with androgynous tailored outfits such as the one she wore to Comic-Con International: San Diego on July 22, 2017, where she was promoting Thor: Ragnarok. Wearing her blonde hair relatively short, to neck level, and looking chic in a black-and-white checked slouch suit by the NYC label Monse, Blanchett lapped up the attention and credited fans with helping her create the powerful, sexy look of her archvillainess character, Hela, goddess of death.

One of the main reasons Blanchett has landed on every lesbian’s map was her role in the film Carol. Since the release of the Oscar-nominated drama, adapted by Phyllis Nagy from the Patricia Highsmith novel, fans and shippers have gone wild for the Carol-Therese romance—and fantasized a Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara romance offscreen, too. Just check out the numerous Instagram and YouTube channels tracking the two and editing their admiration for each other into coupledom. Of Carol, Blanchett told us in New York that she found the script to be beautifully written, giving her “wonderful stuff to play with.” Blanchett described Carol as “a deeply private person who keeps her sexuality to herself and lives in a quiet hell because she’s not able to express herself.” But when she meets Therese, who is “flung out of space,” the wheels of romance turn and sexual longing simmers to create what Mara describes as Therese’s “obsessive pursuit of Carol” and “a love story between two humans.” Nevertheless, Blanchett knew that playing a closeted lesbian who, in 1950s America, becomes involved with a much younger woman was taking a risk. “I like the unknown factor when it comes to choosing a role or a project,” Blanchett said. “I usually rely on my instinct in the sense that if I know right away how I can interpret a character I’ll usually turn it down, because I find it too predictable, or I feel like I’ve been there before. That’s why I agreed to play Bob Dylan [in Todd Haynes’s I’m Not There] or the part of Carol. Not only is there some risk involved, but there’s also this excitement that comes from exploring new territory, and I love to surprise myself. If I started to think about the potential downside, if things don’t work out as well as I hoped they might, I would probably be so terrified that I wouldn’t take those risks. But I don’t know any other way of working.

“It’s something very visceral with me. Whenever I play a character, I need to make it mine. The process involved in that also still terrifies me, but it’s the only way I know. It was the same thing when I met my husband Andrew. We had known each other only three weeks when he asked me to marry him. But I said yes because I knew it was the right thing.” Twenty years later they’re still together. “We both believe in destiny and the kind of adventure that comes from a decision taken very quickly.”

Instinct, and Blanchett’s habit of speaking off the cuff, may also have led to a coming-out misfire, which happened when she allegedly told a Variety reporter that she had experienced relationships with women “many times.” The reporter maintains that he quoted Blanchett accurately. Blanchett followed up and told the press that the part where she clarified the relationships as “not sexual” was edited out of the article. And lesbians everywhere heaved a sigh of disappointment. Oh, well. But then Blanchett turned up at New York LGBTQ bar The Stonewall Inn last March, and lip-synched lesbian singer Lesley Gore’s “You Don’t Own Me” for an adoring audience of fags and dykes. Little wonder that lesbian fans are charmed but confused.

Certainly for the Cate-and-Rooney shippers, and lesbian fandom in general, the couple chemistry between Mara and Blanchett is palpable, not baseless. The pair demonstrate a physical closeness whenever they appear in public together—Blanchett’s playful grab at Mara’s breast, a touch of the leg, hand-holding on the red carpet, and many penetrating glances between them. Blanchett’s protective arm encircling Mara, and Mara often looking down in shyness or stealing a look at her co-star. Hands even disappear from view whenever they are photographed together, such as at the 2017 Paris Fashion Week’s Givenchy show. Mara practically evangelized Blanchett when presenting her with an award at the 2014 Santa Barbara International Film Festival, describing herself as “an awestruck super-fan” who first saw her in the film Elizabeth when she was 13 years of age. “I can remember the feeling that washed over me,” says Mara, who went on to say, dry- mouthed with nervousness, that she’s followed Blanchett’s career ever since, never publicly disclosing her admiration for her virtues but keeping them close to her as “private little treasures” that she visited for inspiration.

In return, Blanchett has described herself and Mara as “kindred spirits” with an “unspoken understanding” between them. There’s a sense that these two enjoy playing it up for the fans, yes, but that they do truly relish the connection between them. Blanchett again appears with Mara in the new Terrence Malick film, Weightless. And while Blanchett mentions her husband and three sons in just about every interview she does, the person largely responsible for her success this past decade is her super-agent Hylda Queally, who also manages Kate Winslet, Mar ion Cotillard, Lupita Nyong’o, Michelle Williams, and Jessica Chastain.

One of the many things that make Blanchett such a pleasure to watch is her thorough femaleness—a display of the feminine self as absolute. Self-sufficient. It’s never moored to her love for the male lead. Her embodiment of Marvel Comics’ Hela, a gothic goddess of death who manages to crush Thor’s hammer with one hand, is a feast for t he eyes as well as a feminist statement. She is the first female Marvel screen villain. “Let’s face it: as a woman, these opportunities have not in the past come up very frequently,” Blanchett says. “I’ve seen so many of the Marvel franchises, particularly being the mother of four…and I think there’s a revolution happening from within Marvel.

“It was fun doing the action scenes, and part of the benefit of being in the superhe ro universe is that you have to get very fit. I did a lot of action scenes and [Afro-Brazilian martial arts form] capoeira stuff, which is part of how Hela manifests all these weapons out of her hands.”

As much as Blanchett has become a feminist icon for other actresses, she too has had role models of her own. “Gena Rowlands is someone who has had a big influence on me. I loved her work in the films she did with her husband, John Cassavetes, especially A Woman Under the Influence. I saw her as kind of a model for the kind of career I wanted to have. I also thought she was incredible in Gloria [directed by Cassavetes], and her way of creating a character really made a deep impression on me. I learnt so much from watching and studying her work.”

And Blanchett cites her own matrilineal connections as lifelong inspirations for her. “My mother and grandmother have been my inspirations in terms of their sense of self-respect and independence. And that was reflected in how they dressed and that had a big impact on me. I remember whenever I’ve been to Italy, for example, I’ve noticed how well women dress in cities like Rome. It seems that elegance and good taste run in their DNA.”

When she’s not working and being gorgeous, she fine-tunes her acting skills through observing ordinary people. “I like watching other people shop when I go to the supermarket. Also, when I take my children to the park to play, when I’m sitting down, I’ll find myself analyzing what other people are doing or what they might be thinking about. All those things feed into your actor’s mentality and how you’re in the habit of thinking about human behavior and psychology. That’s a huge part of your process as an actor.”

Blanchett scores points for her aversion to social media, stating rather astutely that it “can be huge source of rivalry and jealousy amongst friends, and when you’re taking selfies it’s a way of seeing how much people like you. Social media can be a great way to communicate and connect with other people, but I think selfies and Twitter are often used in an exhibitionist way, which isn’t healthy, particularly for younger people.”

And on the subject of being older and wiser, Blanchett, who will turn 50 in May 2019, accepts aging as part of life. “Getting older happens to all of us, and there are many advantages that come with age. I feel much more comfortable in my skin today than I ever have before. I am much more confident and secure in who I am than when I was in my 20s. I would never want to go through those years again. I enjoyed my 30s a great deal and now, in my 40s, I feel my life has become even better. I would rather approach getting older with a lot of curiosity and a sense of adventure. Even though you might like to fight it, there’s not much point!”

Can women have it all? Blanchett prides herself on taking care of her children and her career at the same time. Known for having high professional standards, does she also put pressure on herself to be the perfect mom? “No, because there’s no such thing. I don’t believe in the notion that a woman, much less a man, can have it all. Women have become more independent in terms of wanting to pursue their careers in society and enjoying the same kinds of opportunities as men. I think the entire notion puts too much pressure on men and women, especially in the case of single parents. Life always involves myriad compromises, and you try to provide the best possible life for your children while pursuing your own goals in life. I was more worried when I went back to work after my first child, but then I saw that it wasn’t so hard to organize things, after all. You discover that you enjoy being busy and figuring out ways to balance everything.

“I think it’s important to set an example and show how the two can work together quite well,” she says, in spite of admitting that looking after four children while pursuing her career can be “a marvelous form of chaos… I think there’s this idea that I’ve got it all figured out. Believe me, it couldn’t be further from that. One slip-up and it’s a big old disaster,” she laughs.

And as for the kids being intimidated by a superstar mom? “They couldn’t give a rats about what I do. It is of absolutely little importance to them.” The newest addition to the family is a little girl, Edith, who Blanchett adopted and who she often takes on promotional trips with her. Meanwhile, we look forward to whatever Blanchett does next, especially the heist film Ocean’s Eight, the all-female spin-off of Ocean’s Eleven, set for release in June this year. Blanchett joins an ensemble female cast including her Carol co-star Sarah Paulson. “It’s a dream-team cast,” she says. “We have Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Rihanna, and it’s great to be able to work with women like that.”


UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett visits Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett visits Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Hello everyone!

Few days ago, Cate visited Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Now , on return from her visit this week, Cate is calling for urgent action to support UNHCR – the UN Refugee Agency. Read more about it and how can you help below.

UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett today warned of a “race against time” to protect Rohingya refugees from the worst impacts of the upcoming monsoon season in Bangladesh. Heavy rains, potential cyclones and adverse weather conditions are threatening to put more than one hundred thousand Rohingya refugees living in congested settlements in Cox’s Bazar district, south-eastern Bangladesh, at serious risk in the coming months. Blanchett, on return from a visit to Bangladesh this week, is calling for urgent action to support UNHCR – the UN Refugee Agency – and its partners, working with the Government of Bangladesh, to avoid an “emergency within an emergency”.

Since August 2017 over 671,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar have sought safety in Bangladesh. “The Rohingya refugees have already experienced targeted violence, human rights abuses and horrific journeys. They have shown unimaginable resilience and courage,” Blanchett said, speaking at the end of her visit to Kutupalong, Nyapara and Chakmarkul settlements near Cox’s Bazar this week. “But now, as the monsoon season approaches, the Government of Bangladesh, supported by UNHCR and its partners, are in race against time to ensure the refugees are as safe as they can be to deal with potential floods and landslides.”

“I’ve seen first-hand how UNHCR – with its partners and with the refugees themselves – are working flat out to avoid an emergency within an emergency in Cox’s Bazar district. Staff are on the ground distributing shelter and pre-monsoon kits to the vulnerable families, reinforcing roads, bridges, steps and other infrastructure that risk being washed away, and relocating families to safer places where land is available. But more is urgently needed to ensure refugees stay safe,” Blanchett continued.

Calling for the international community to show solidarity and share the responsibility of this crisis with Government and people of Bangladesh, Blanchett added, “The people of Bangladesh and host communities have been the first to respond to this crisis, supported by agencies like UNHCR and its partners. But I cannot stress how much more help is needed for these vulnerable stateless refugees, the majority of whom are women and children. This is the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world, the monsoons are coming and it is critical that the international community, private sector and individuals all do what they can to support these stateless refugees and the communities hosting them.”

The Rohingya are a stateless Muslim minority. Since violence began on 25 August 2017 in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, over 671,000 refugees have fled to Bangladesh. The Government and people of Bangladesh have shown tremendous generosity and hospitality in the face of this influx. Faced with acute risk of an emergency within the emergency, UNHCR and its partners are supporting the Bangladesh Government in Cox’s Bazar to prepare both refugee and host communities ahead of the monsoon season.

Kevin J. Allen, Head of UNHCR’s emergency operation in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh said, “Bangladesh saved thousands of lives when it opened its borders and arms to Rohingya refugees. It is now critical that we stand firmly with Bangladesh and the refugees we serve to protect them from cyclonic winds and heavy rains.”

UNHCR is working to build dignified and decent lives for the stateless Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, including access to healthcare, education, shelter and self-reliance. The solutions to this refugee crisis lie in Myanmar, and UNHCR has therefore called on Myanmar to create conditions in Rakhine State that would permit the safe, dignified and sustainable repatriation of refugees who voluntarily choose to return to their homes. UNHCR is calling for unfettered humanitarian access to all communities and to all areas of origin and potential return in Rakhine State and has offered to support the Government of Myanmar to rapidly implement the recommendations of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State.

This week, a new inter-agency donor appeal for Bangladesh announced funding requirements of US$951 million through to December 2018 to assist refugees and host communities affected by the refugee influx. UNHCR is seeking US$196.3 million to continue its work providing lifesaving assistance and protection for the Rohingya refugees supporting host communities.


An exclusive interview with UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett will be broadcast on CNN International at 14.00 EST and 17.00EST on Wednesday 21st March 2018

UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett today warned of a “race against time” to protect Rohingya refugees from the worst impacts of the upcoming monsoon season in Bangladesh.

Blanchett was visiting south-eastern Bangladesh where over 671,000 children, women and men from Myanmar have sought safety since last August.

With wet season rains due next month, more than 150,000 refugees are at risk of landslides and floods, in what could become a disaster on top of the current emergency.

In Chakmarkul settlement Blanchett met with 28-year-old Jhura who fled Myanmar with her two children when her village was attacked six months ago. She now lives in a bamboo shelter built on the side of a steep hill.

“The monsoon is coming and I’m scared that the wind will blow away the roof. There are shelters above mine that would fall on us if there is a landslide. The ground will be slippery and I worry that it will be difficult to get about,” says Jhura, who became separated from her husband, whom she fears may have been killed.

“In Myanmar I was in a better house but I was still in fear of the monsoon – the roof would sometimes fly away and my children would sometimes get sick,” Jhura told Blanchett.

Blanchett met with other refugees at a transit centre supported by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, as well as a temporary learning centre, an integrated women’s centre, a community kitchen and a livelihoods training centre.

Blanchett also spent time with a refugee singer, Mohammed, who supports his family by writing and performing poetic songs, known as ghazals, inspired by the events, stories and concerns of the refugee community. He performed a new ghazal about the Rohingya community’s fears about the upcoming monsoon, singing “if the rains come and the cyclones attack … what will the world do?”

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