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The Cate Blanchett Birthday Project 2020

The Cate Blanchett Birthday Project 2020

Hello everyone!!

Are you ready for one more year of celebration?

The Cate Blanchett Birthday Project 2020 is here!

This is an idea created by Eden, a fan from our community. Since 2015, she proposes a set of tasks to express our admiration and say happy birthday to Cate.

In this 6th edition of the project, Eden decided to reunite fans again to celebrate Cate Blanchett’s birthday.

As usual, Cate Blanchett Fan website takes part in supporting this idea.

If you want to join, please read the details below:

This year the project will all be around self-motivation, feminism & success.

Cate Blanchett is a huge inspiration for us all: she teaches us to be brave, to love ourselves, to DO things, to do things with no regrets, to work hard and not to think about what other people say. These are only some minor examples of the things Cate loves sharing with the world.

This year we will make a MOTIVATION BOOK in which we will write:

  • Something Cate motivated you to do and how does the process go
  • Some aspects that changed or influenced the way you think thanks to Cate Blanchett (related to feminism)
  • A special thing you did or contributed to thanks to the motivation Cate Blanchett gave you
  • A story of success that happened to you thanks to the motivation Cate brought into your life

Important points:  

  • You can choose one aspect only
  • The story will be written UP TO 300 WORDS
  • You can (definitely) wish Cate a happy birthday but if you won’t follow the theme of the project you won’t be included!!
  • You can add a small video / photo related
  • The project will be released ONLINE

How does it work?

  • Send an email with your Name, Age & Country
  • Mention in the email if you joined any of the past projects and if yes mention the year
  • Write the aspect you wish to write about
  • Share your project part

Rules:

  • Keep an appropriate language
  • Protect copywrites
  • The project will be released ONLINE

Deadline

All projects should arrive until APRIL 10TH, 2020. Send them all to the following address: CBFbirthday2015@gmail.com (the same one from past years).

If you have any questions you can reach Eden by email or her twitter @catelandishere.

Taking part in the project this year + special thanks: Cate Blanchett Daily, Queen Cate, Cate Blanchett Fan, Nelly, Dani, Mari.

FAQs

  • Who can participate the project? – Everyone who wants to.
  • Can I send a picture of myself with a happy birthday poster? You can include that, but it can’t be instead of the project itself.
  • Can you guarantee Cate will receive the book? – sadly not, but we will try our best to make this work.

Cate Blanchett in Agenda 2020 book

Cate Blanchett in Agenda 2020 book

Hello everyone!

Few days ago, it was announced that Cate Blanchett is among the inspirational women featured in AGENDA 2020 book, the result of a project partnership between photographer Danielle Harte and journalist Sandra Sully.

AGENDA 2020 book aims to celebrate women with black & white portraits and getting to know more about 14 remarkable leading women in Australia. Beyond that, the book also seeks to find out what Australian women want and what they believe needs to change to achieve an EQUAL world.

Cate Blanchett looks divine! Take a look at few images shared on social media.

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? A G E N D A 2020 Book…It’s finally here! . ? I’m extremely honoured to share with you some of my latest photography work featuring black & white portrait’s of 14 empowering Australian women. ? Partnered with Australia’s leading Television Presenter/Journalist Sandra Sully @shortblack who seeks to find out #EachforEqual What Australian women want, what they believe needs to change and how we can progress in an EQUAL & ENABLING world. ?Publisher and visionary Phil Harte @philharte has created this remarkable and unique opportunity bringing together our many like minded partners, realising AGENDA 2020. ? Special thanks must also go to Wingwoman & Lightning guru @wadedphoto & Graphic Design expert @popmart101 for always lifting the bar above & beyond. AGENDA 2020 will enjoy a series of launch events @hyattregencysydney @mcg The Long Room @room81 during International Women’s Week ?from March 1-8. . Many thanks to @canonaustralia @commbank @qantas @audiaustralia @tinaarena @cate_blanchettofficial @deltagoodrem @marita_cheng @edwinamccann @laurenparker2127 @ellyseperry @angiescarthjohnson @shahrouksisters @josephinesukkar @cyanctaeed @heytigerco @katejenkinssdc @cate_campbell #photography #blackandwhitephotography #portraitphotography #book #women #2020IWD #strong #igdaily #inspirational #empoweringwomen

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The book is set to have a series of launch events during International Women’s Week ?from March 1-8.

As soon as we get more information about it, including know where to buy it, we will update this article.
To download the first images of Cate Blanchett in Agenda 2020 book, visit our gallery!

Cate Blanchett at The Fashion Awards 2019

Cate Blanchett at The Fashion Awards 2019

Hi blanchetters!

Last Monday, actress Cate Blanchett was at The British Fashion Awards 2019 in London. She and Julia Roberts, among other famous guests like Tom Cruise, Naomi Campbell, attended the event where Giorgio Armani was honored with the Outstanding Achievement Award.

Looking stunning in an Armani Privé dress from the Fall 2019 Collection, Cate, who is the first global beauty ambassador for the Italian brand, took the stage to celebrate the relationship with the 85-year-old designer alongside Roberts.

The award is a recognition of Mr. Armani 45 remarkable years in fashion, with many iconic tailored suits and gowns for Hollywood.

Cate has a long partnership with Mr. Armani, in fact, according to some interviews, her first paycheck went to a suit she still has! Over the years Cate has been seen in many fashion pieces from the designer, they also collaborated in film, during the Sydney Theatre Company years, and, since 2013, Cate became the face of the successful fragrance Sì.

Mr. Armani also designed the gown Cate was wearing when she became a two-time Oscar winner in 2014.

Discover below some photos and videos from Cate Blanchett at The Fashion Awards 2019. Enjoy the reading!







Cate Blanchett and Armani at the stage of The Fashion Awards 2019





 


 

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New Interviews with Cate Blanchett

New Interviews with Cate Blanchett

Hello dear Blanchetters!
As you guys know, last September, Cate has been to Italy for Giorgio Armani dinner and during the event, she had an interview with Madame Figaro!

That interview has been published this week, and there were several questions she was answering about her life as an actress, beauty, style, inspirations and Feminism.

Also, there is another interview to Now To Love New Zealand.
Take a look at the new content below!!

Madame Figaro

La Giudecca, septembre dernier. Cate Blanchett vous attend dans une suite immense du Cipriani, avec vue imprenable sur Venise, l’île voisine, le canal et les églises. Le soir même, elle assistera à l’avant-première du Joker (c’était la Mostra) avant d’honorer de sa starissime présence un dîner pour Giorgio Armani Beauty, dont elle est l’égérie – elle est également le visage du parfum Sì.

Il n’existe pas aujourd’hui une star de cinéma qui fasse autant d’effet que Cate Blanchett, actrice remarquable, capable de se glisser dans la peau d’une reine ou de… Bob Dylan. C’est une femme à effet spécial, faite de blanc et d’or, le teint d’albâtre et la blondeur, les pommettes hautes et les yeux laser.

On pourrait la surnommer The Look, si ce terme n’était pas réservé pour l’éternité à Lauren Bacall. Les yeux de Cate Blanchett sont bleus et pénétrants, des yeux faits pour les close up, des yeux faits pour exprimer le désir, le bonheur, la détresse ou la folie, tout comme sa voix, ce timbre grave, puissant et profond, un timbre fait pour le théâtre, où elle est «née à l’art».

Bref, sa beauté un peu étrange convoque à elle seule tout un imaginaire hollywoodien qu’on pense englouti – Greta Garbo, Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn – mais d’une modernité implacable : actrice «globale», elle est partout, virevolte entre films d’auteur (Carol, de Todd Haynes) et blockbusters (Le Seigneur des anneaux), biopics (une de ses spécialités – elle va bientôt incarner Lucille Ball pour Amazon), ne redoutant pas les rôles à risques, qu’elle parfume de son exceptionnelle expressivité.

À l’affiche de Bernadette a disparu, de Richard Linklater (sortie début 2020), Cate Blanchett vient de terminer une mini-série TV qu’elle a coproduite, Mrs. America, où elle joue Phyllis Schlafly, une activiste américaine réactionnaire et antiféministe des années 1970. En bref, un contre-emploi.

Actrice

«Je suis née à Melbourne, mon père était texan et ma mère australienne. Juste avant d’entrer à l’université, j’ai choisi de voyager pendant un an. En Italie, je dormais dans des couvents, j’étais fascinée par les nonnes. Lorsque je suis revenue à Sydney, j’avais découvert ma vocation : le théâtre. Devenir actrice m’a stabilisée. Le mystère et l’imprévisibilité de ce métier me conviennent bien.»

Beauté

«Venant du théâtre, où le glamour n’est pas une priorité, je n’ai jamais pris en considération cette beauté qu’on m’attribue aujourd’hui, je n’y pensais même pas. Je n’ai plus 20 ans, j’ai pris de la distance avec tout ça et, de toute façon, le physique n’a jamais été ma carte de visite. La beauté conventionnelle présente assez peu d’attraits à mes yeux. Ce qui m’intéresse, c’est de rendre séduisant, ou acceptable, ce que je possède en moi.»

Style

«J’étais une adolescente brouillonne et assez terrifiée par les filles sophistiquées. Mais le style, c’est un contexte : il évolue, s’adapte, répond à l’environnement. Je suis très attentive et très inspirée par les références picturales, par l’esthétisme, par la beauté. J’aime les gens uniques. Regardez Frida Kahlo : il en a existé une et une seule. Ma définition du style ? Irrévérence, transgression et détachement. Le style ne doit pas être trop travaillé ou conscient, car le contrôle est l’ennemi de la beauté.»

Inspirations

«Les femmes qui m’impressionnent sont au-delà de la beauté : elles sont intenses. Je pense à Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Liv Ullmann ou Charlotte Rampling. Je pense à Bette Davis dans Eve ou à Katharine Hepburn dans Sylvia Scarlett. À Judy Davis, formidable actrice australienne. Mais aussi à Cindy Sherman ou Georgia O’Keeffe. Je pense aussi à Katharine Graham, qui a dirigé le Washington Post. Des femmes remarquables qui ont fait bouger les lignes…»

Féminisme

«Nous perdons du terrain. Nous avons progressé de façon spectaculaire jusqu’aux années 1970, celles de l’émancipation, et depuis il y a beaucoup de signes d’un retour en arrière. L’égalité entre les hommes et les femmes ne devrait même plus être l’objet de discussions ou de débats. Nous les femmes, nous représentons la moitié de la population de la terre. Dans le monde du cinéma, la sous-représentation reste flagrante, même si un changement profond s’est produit : nous ne sommes plus silencieuses et nous avançons, je crois, dans la même direction. »

Some answers from the Madame Figaro interview are translated to English below:

Actress

“I was born in Melbourne, my father was Texan and my mother was Australian. Just before entering university I chose to travel for a year. In Italy, I slept in convents, I was fascinated by the nuns. When I came back to Sydney, I discovered my vocation: Theatre. Becoming an actress stabilized me. The mystery and unpredictability of this job suit me well.”

Beauty

“Coming from theatre, where glamour is not a priority, I have never considered the beauty that is attributed to me today, I did not even think about it. I am over 20 years old, I’ve been getting away from it all, and in any case, the physical has never been my business card. Conventional beauty has few attractions for me. What interests me is to make seductive, or acceptable, what I have in me.”

Style

“I was a scrambled teenager and quite terrified by sophisticated girls. But style is a context: it evolves, adapts, responds to the environment. I am very attentive and very inspired by pictorial references, by aesthetics, by beauty. I like unique people. Look at Frida Kahlo: there was one and only one. My definition of style? Irreverence, transgression and detachment. The style should not be too worked or conscious, because control is the enemy of beauty.”

Inspirations

“The women who impress me are beyond beauty: they are intense. I think of Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Liv Ullmann or Charlotte Rampling. I think of Bette Davis in Eve or Katharine Hepburn in Sylvia Scarlett. To Judy Davis, a wonderful Australian actress. But also to Cindy Sherman or Georgia O’Keeffe. I am also thinking of Katharine Graham, who headed the Washington Post. Outstanding women who moved the lines … ”

Feminism

“We are losing ground. We have progressed dramatically until the 1970s, those of emancipation, and since then there are many signs of a retreat. Equality between men and women should not even be the subject of discussion or debate. We women, we represent half of the population of the earth. In the world of cinema, the under-representation remains flagrant, even if a profound change has occurred: we are no longer silent and we are moving, I believe, in the same direction. ”

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Magazine Madame Figaro

Interview Now to Love

If you are scandalized by the notion of an unfaithful-to-the-book film adaptation, you might not get along with Cate Blanchett.

“Why even bother?” she said recently, of films that take little to no creative liberties. “The only reason to turn something from a book to the screen is if you’ve got something more to say.”

The actress was being asked about her starring role in Where’d You Go, Bernadette? Based on Maria Semple’s best-selling book of the same name, the movie, which hit theatres earlier this year, tells the story of an agoraphobic architect wrestling with her own wasted potential as her daughter, for whom she put her career ambitions aside, prepares to leave home for university.

The restrictions of the medium mean the film’s plot necessarily diverges from that of the novel.
“But it’s tangentially fascinating,” reasons Cate, whose true-blue Aussie background mitigates the pretentiousness of her frequently over-the-top turns of phrase. “It’s not a replication because the novel exists!”

Cate, it’s fair to say, doesn’t do replicas. Having shot to fame playing Queen Elizabeth I in 1997’s Elizabeth and fearful of being typecast, the now 50-year-old actress turned down a number of period films in the years that followed, explaining that in rehashing “pre-masticated versions” of previous roles, “there was no potential for discovering anything new. There was no risk.”

This is not to say there’s no common thread in the roles she’s taken on since. “Malice and mania” is how one journalist described it. “The King Lear end of the spectrum” is how it’s summed up by Cate herself.
We might instead comment on the ‘complexity’ of characters like Elizabeth’s headstrong virgin queen, Notes on a Scandal’s cradle-snatching high school teacher, Carol’s bi-curious housewife, and Blue Jasmine’s socialite brought low.

Gripped by creative failure and, according to Cate, “experiencing the kind of identity crisis that comes with recognising this enormous gulf between who she thinks she was and who she really is”, Bernadette is yet another highly complex character.

“She’s got this relentless negativity that’s acerbic and hilarious and slightly unhinged,” she explains, pointing out that anyone who’s made professional sacrifices for the sake of family will relate to Bernadette’s despair, and the drastic decisions born from it.

“We all have a certain image of ourselves and we’re all clinging to a particular perception of ourselves that is different from the reality.”

You might think it’s a generous ‘we’ – secretly denoting ‘you and I’, not ‘she’ of the double Academy Award winner, worth $134 million, who has been happily married for 22 years with four children.

But as it happens, Cate is no stranger to a career-centred existential crisis. She certainly said as much to fellow A-Lister Julia Roberts, who in a piece for Interview earlier this year, elicited from Cate an admission that Bernadette’s “creative shut-down” resonated deeply.

Question time

It arose, however, that the trigger for Cate wasn’t exactly creativity or a lack thereof. Instead, questions of deeper fulfilment and its sources were raised and debated, with the Australian saying to the American, “When you’re inside a richly lived life, you suddenly think, ‘Do I need to pretend to live inside these other experiences?'”

Without dismissing her career and the associated experiences that have added to the richness of her life (one of her happiest days was spent kayaking in Greenland, shooting scenes for Bernadette), she makes it clear that acting means taking the good with the bad. And that ‘the bad’ isn’t something she is willing to put up with forever.

“When I was younger,” she told Julia, “I would wonder why the older actors I admired kept talking about quitting. Now I realise it’s because they want to maintain a connection to their last shreds of sanity.

As I get older, I ask myself if I still want to submit to the shamanistic end of this profession and go completely into madness… I’m on the proverbial couch thinking, ‘Do I want to go in that direction, or do I actually want to live?'”

There’s no question of what the family-oriented actress would do were she to give up the craft and make ‘living’ her sole focus. But first, a brief history: Having begun her acting career in Sydney, where she met and married fellow thespian Andrew Upton, Cate relocated to the UK in the late ’90s to pursue the parts – including Elizabeth – that would make her a star of international proportions.

Then, in 2006, when Andrew was invited to take over as artistic director of the Sydney Theatre Company, the couple returned down under, and Cate spent what she calls “the most enjoyable six years of [her] career” working and raising their young family in an eco-friendly mansion in the North Sydney suburb of Hunters Hill.

Family happiness

When work opportunities called them back to the UK in 2016, purchasing an idyllic piece of real estate in rural Sussex complete with a lawn and a lake was a no-brainer. It’s from here that Cate and Andrew have continued to raise sons Dashiell, 17, Roman, 15, and Ignatius, 11, as well as daughter Edith, four, who they adopted in 2015. “It wasn’t about biology,” Cate explained to the Daily Telegraph. “We felt we had space, enough emotional room in our hearts and we’re privileged enough to have the capacity to have another child.”

A big proponent of ‘having it all’, she likes her children to see her working. It is, however, important to her to be a highly-engaged parent which, by celebrity standards, means opting into the tasks she could presumably delegate – school drop-offs and pick-ups; making her kids’ lunches; cooking the family dinner.

At times, ingredients are a bone of contention. A vegetarian for a number of years, Cate says her “Machiavellian” plan to turn her children off meat by adopting two pet piglets was a huge failure.

“I explained to them that if they wanted to eat bacon or sausages, that’s where it would come from. They were fine with that and I was horrified!”

But despite having spent “a lot of time running away from being an actor”, it transpires that Cate, unlike Bernadette, has enough creative outlets to keep her in the game for the time being.

She recently remarked that her work with visual artists and choreographers was “more rewarding at the moment than the cookie-cutter projects” – a hangover, perhaps, from helping her husband helm the STC, where she developed a taste for running the show.

This doesn’t mean she’s relegating herself to standing behind the camera, or even swearing off big blockbuster films. And in fact, come 2020, she’s set to appear on the small screen for the first time, playing conservative commentator Phyllis Schlafly in FX’s Mrs America.

A nine-episode limited series about the rise of feminism in the 1970s and the push for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), of which the anti-feminist was a key opponent, the production is already attracting positive attention from critics.

With women’s rights issues a hot topic in today’s America where, due in large part to the work of Phyllis, the ERA remains unratified, the show’s subject matter rings close to home.

Cate – who is also an executive producer on the project – says that the opportunity to “peel back the layers of this recent period of history” couldn’t have come at “a more appropriate time”.

Sisterhood in film

Time, after all, is up. Somewhat controversially, you won’t find Cate making specific statements about the movement’s major targets. Reluctant to wade in on Harvey Weinstein or Woody Allen, who directed her in Blue Jasmine and who continues to deny the abuse allegations levelled at him by his own daughter, she argues that contributing to the “white noise” already before the courts would be “unhelpful to the goal [she is] ultimately interested in,” which is to see justice served.

She does, however, speak positively about how the #TimesUp and #MeToo movements have enabled women to rewrite the power structure. “It’s a matriarchy,” she said to Julia Roberts about the current sense of sisterhood in the film industry and beyond.

“It’s not about competition – it’s about collaboration.” Recounting to Harper’s Bazaar the tale of a male director who pitted female cast members against one another in what she calls a “classic divide and conquer”, she notes that such an approach wouldn’t fly any more, “because women are talking… that’s the biggest, most profound change I’ve felt. It’s shifted things in a really permanent way.”

She adds that with more women in the writers’ room, we can expect more female-centred narratives.

“These characters are being placed in very interesting backdrops and the stories that are being told about them are more sophisticated and complex,” she told Vogue UK in March.

Just as they did at the very start of her career, complex women, it seems, will continue to intrigue and inspire Cate into the future – and not just from an acting perspective, but from an ageing one, too.
“I don’t think about ageing at all until someone brings it up,” she said in the same Vogue UK interview. “When I think of some of the faces that inspire me most, it’s Louise Bourgeois and Georgia O’Keeffe. I’m looking into the spirit of the woman and that’s what I love.”

Yes, she’s realistic about how getting older will impact her work.

“You can’t hope to be of relevance to every generation,” she says. But when it comes to the experience she brings to the table, it occurs that age is, in a sense, Cate’s biggest asset.

And if Bernadette is your touchstone? It’s safe to say she isn’t going anywhere.

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Already leaving us? Take a look at this brand new interview released few days ago!

UPDATES: News on Mrs. America and Stateless series starring Cate Blanchett

UPDATES: News on Mrs. America and Stateless series starring Cate Blanchett

Hey Blanchetters!

Things are pretty quiet in Cateland right?
But we had quite the week with Cate’s 50th birthday. So many beautiful messages and actions from the fans!

During the past few weeks some news became available on the two new series projects Cate is attached to.
Firstly, we have the CBS / FX Network mini series Mrs. America where Cate will play Phyllis Schlafly, the conservative woman who helped defeat the Equal Rights Amendment initiative that would guarantee the equal rights of women (USA).

Blanchett is also in executive production of this limited series and she will be joined by stars James Marsden, Sarah Paulson, Uzo Aduba (as Shirley Chisholm), Rose Byrne (as Gloria Steinem), Margo Matindale (as Bella Abzug), Tracey Ullman (as Betty Friedan), Kayli Carter, Ari Graynor, Melanie Lynskey, John Slattery and Jeanne Tripplehorn.

“I am extremely excited about delving into the material as there couldn’t be a more appropriate time to peel back the layers of this recent period of history, which couldn’t be more relevant today,” Blanchett said in a statement.

Created by Dahvi Waller, the series has a nine-episode arc and the production is set to start this year, with filming from 19th June until November 1st in Toronto, Canada.

Cate will have a busy second semester! She is also going to produce an Australian TV Series.

Stateless is a new TV series about immigration detention in Australia co-created by Cate Blanchett, Tony Ayres and Elise McCredie. Cate will star in the series and, alongside with Andrew Upton, will also act as executive producer of this Australian Broadcasting Corporation limited series.

McCredie and Belinda Chayko are writing the series that will be directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse (The Dressmaker) and Emma Freedman.

Blanchett said while the story was focused on Australia, it explored global themes: “The desire for personal freedom, the need for social stability, an escalating lack of faith in the political process and the deeply unsettling impact this has on individual lives.”

The cast also includes Yvonne Strahovski (The Handmaid’s Tale), Dominic West (The Affair), Rachel House, Jai Courtney, Clarence Ryan, Fayssal Bazzi, Claude Jabbour, Rose Riley, Kate Box, Helana Sawires and Asher Keddie.

Inspired by real events, Stateless tells the story of four strangers in an Australian immigration centre: an airline hostess leaving a cult, an Afghan refugee escaping persecution, a father saddled with a dead-end job, and a bureaucrat steeped in a national scandal.

Stateless is expected to air on the ABC in 2020 , it will be distributed worldwide by NBCUniversal. Production is set to begin in June.

Stay tuned!!!

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Cate Blanchett covers Mujer Hoy Spain + Ellen von Unwerth’s VON magazine

Cate Blanchett covers Mujer Hoy Spain + Ellen von Unwerth’s VON magazine

Hey Blanchetters!

Two more covers to be added to our 2019 collection! Cate Blanchett is featured in two new magazines. First, we have the latest issue of Mujer Hoy in which there is a promotional interview for Sì Fiori and Armani Beauty. Then the long waited photoshoot by Ellen von Unwerth made last year during Cannes Film Festival that will be featured on the n°2-2 of Ellen von Unwerth’s VON magazine, the cinema issue, available in May. Take a look!

Cate Blanchett: “Este es un momento decisivo y fascinante para todas”

Las mujeres no pueden dejar de mirarla. Lo tenemos comprobado. El famoso vídeo viral en el que la actriz Kathryn Hahn observa embelesada a Rachel Weisz se queda corto ante el efecto Cate Blanchett. La primera vez que observamos el fenómeno en Mujerhoy fue hace casi una década. A las puertas de una fiesta de gala en Ginebra, Cate conversaba con unos amigos, magnífica y etérea. Todas las mujeres que pasaban a su lado la recorrían de arriba abajo con la mirada. No eran celos, era admiración en estado puro. Los hombres, sin embargo, no se sentían impelidos a mirar.

Las pruebas irrefutables nos las ofreció la prensa internacional en Londres hace apenas unas semanas. Fue en la cena de presentación oficial de Sì Fiori, el nuevo perfume de Giorgio Armani del que, por supuesto, es musa. A los postres, la actriz se sentó unos minutos en cada una de las mesas para charlar con los invitados, una mayoría abrumadora de mujeres. A su alrededor se formaba un corro de rostros absortos, miradas de fascinación, algunas bocas abiertas y gestos de asentimiento absoluto. “Todavía tengo dos horas de coche hasta mi casa en el campo. Estoy encantada con mi jardín, está inspirado en el trabajo de Darwin”, era el tipo de cosas mundanas que relataba Cate. Y la audiencia asentía entregada, como si le escucharan recitar Shakespeare solo para ellas.

Cálida y cercana
Nadie es inmune al hechizo de Blanchett. En las distancias cortas es imposible no dejarte llevar por ese timbre cadencioso, por esa presencia imponente y serena. De sus respuestas educadas se puede inferir que su familia está por encima de todo; que su concepto de la belleza va más allá de aplicarse cremas; que el cuidado del interior es lo que se muestra en el exterior (un mantra que lleva a rajatabla); que, como a los hobbits de la Comarca, un paseo por los alrededores de su casa en la compañía adecuada es una experiencia tan plena como cualquier viaje a un destino lejano. “Es mi idea de un día perfecto: salir al campo con los niños y los perros, y que la jornada termine de una forma inesperada y sorprendente que no habrías imaginado al despertar”, asegura. La normalidad hecha perfección rural.

Cate y su marido, el dramaturgo Andrew Upton, se trasladaron a vivir a la campiña inglesa de Sussex hace un par de años. Con ellos vinieron sus tres hijos adolescentes (Dashiell, 17; Roman, 15; e Ignatius, 11) y su hija adoptada de cuatro años, Edith. Un cambio de registro tras casi una década asentados en Sidney que le ha permitido volver al West End de Londres con obras como When we have sufficiently tortured each other, de Martin Crimp. Un contrapunto crudo y transgresor al extensísimo repertorio de una actriz que, como le dijo una vez su hermana Genevieve, se funde con cada personaje hasta que ella misma desaparece completamente de la escena. Y solo quedan reinas legendarias, elfas mitológicas, diosas escandinavas, amas de casa en crisis moral, sexual y social, damas de alta sociedad venidas a menos…

Mujeres al poder
Ella, que las ha interpretado a todas (y se ha hecho con dos premios Óscar por el camino), entiende que las mujeres están ahora en una encrucijada. “Es un momento decisivo y potencialmente fascinante para todas. Estamos en el proceso de convertirnos en algo. Pero no solo nosotras, creo que tenemos que llevar a los hombres a nuestro lado. Lo realmente apasionante de este preciso momento de la historia es que se ha escuchado a las mujeres. Pero no como individuos concretos, sino como grupo. Lo que estamos aceptando es que somos seres humanos increíbles”. Lo dice con la sabiduría de los 50 años que cumple el 14 de mayo.

Justo ahora, Cate se convierte en la nueva imagen global de Giorgio Armani Beauty. Eso significa que, además de encarnar a la heroína optimista, elegante y todopoderosa de la familia de fragancias Sì, también va a ser embajadora del maquillaje y del tratamiento de la firma que pilota el creador italiano. “El último de los grandes de la moda, ahora que hemos perdido a Karl Lagerfeld”, apunta

Sabe que el cine del que es estrella indiscutible ha ayudado al genio a definir un nuevo tipo de feminidad. “Su estética me influyó mucho antes de conocerlo”. Lo dice porque el diseñador fue la piedra angular de su armario con un traje de chaqueta gris que se compró con su primer sueldo cienematográfico. Todavía lo conserva. “Trabajar con el señor Armani ha sido uno de los grandes privilegios de mi vida”, afirma. “Lo que adoro de cómo ve el mundo es que no pierde jamás la curiosidad. No es una presencia creativa estática”, añade.

En la moda y también en los aromas: “A través del perfume que llevas estás invitando a los demás a descubrir tu particular mundo emocional. Es algo muy privado”, postula. Y esas sensaciones la devuelven a la infancia. “De niña me escondía en el armario de mi madre para pensar a oscuras. Su ropa emanaba esa fragancia tan suya. Era peculiar y muy glamourosa. Porque, por supuesto, cuando somos niñas, nuestras madres son siempre las mujeres más elegantes de nuestra existencia”. Una distinción que siempre ha marcado con unos labios rojos. Hasta ahora. “Es curioso, porque solía ser mi esencial de todos los días. Es un tono que claramente te sitúa en el mundo y que dice: “Aquí estoy yo”. Pero ahora apenas lo uso. Quizá en una alfombra roja. Pero soy mucho más de nudes rosas”, concluye.

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