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Mar 10, 2015

Cinderella Los Angeles Press Conference – Transcript

On March 2nd Cate Blanchett attented the Cinderella Los Angeles Press Conference. You can read the transcript below.

Q : So did you go after this role, or…

CB : Yes, like a rabid dog, [LAUGHS], and I didn’t get the Cinderella role, [AUDIENCE LAUGHS], though I had so many friends who- they asked me what I was doing in the summer, and I said, oh, I’m, I’m, um, in a live-action version of Cinderella, and there was a big kind of awkward pause. And they didn’t quite know how to ask me, [LAUGHS], are you a little old to be playing Cinderella? Yeah. A bit Bette Davis, so yes. No, I, well, no, it sort of landed in my lap, actually.

I was very lucky, and when I, um, Sandy Powell and Dante, uh, Ferretti were on board, and they’re, you know, two of the greats, uh, you know, uh, that they’ve created such extraordinary visuals, um, in modern cinema. And, uh, and, and then Kenneth Branagh came on board who’s so fantastic with actors and with language, so it was kind of a perfect, a perfect storm.

Q : What’s your favorite scene?

CB : Ooh, well, I think the chemistry between Lily and Richard is palpable, and I wept like a baby, completely inappropriately and out of character when they waltzed for the first time. The, the music is beautiful, but also it was a real- it was really big feat because Lily was cinched in so tightly, and that dress was like an armored tank, and he was in seven hundred layers of wool, and the dance was really athletic, and they acted like a dream. And the chemistry was, um, palpable, and I just, I wept because it was beautiful to watch.

Um, but I think maybe being the, the mother of, uh, sons, I found it very, very moving, and every time I see it, I do- I’m a bit of a- I do cry a lot, [LAUGHS]. Um, but I, uh, I love the scene between, um, Derek Jacobi as the king, and Richard Madden as the prince. You know, because that’s the wonderful thing about the film, I think is that, you know, we try and shield our, our children from moments of grief and, um, and I know it from, uh, having lost a parent at the age of, of ten.

Children are resilient, and they can, in a way, it’s harder, I think, to lose a parent, you know, the age the way that we are. Well, I mean, I’m might be a thousand years older than you all, but, um, and I, and, and I found that really moving.

I thought, um, for him as a, as a man to be curled up like a young boy, you know, and I’ve had a lot of friends recently lose a parent, and whether you’re eighty or eight and you lose a parent, you- you’re always the child, and so I find that move- that scene very moving.

Q : How much fun was it to play a Disney villain?

CB : There’s a lot of great Disney villains, and a lot of them are women and, um, and they always have, um, fabulous frocks and fabulous hairdos, um, uh, and so it was an enormous amount of fun. You know, the, the wonderful message in the film, of course, um, is to have courage and to be kind. You know, kindness is a super power, and we try to teach our children, you know, you share, you be respectful, you be generous, you be thoughtful, put yourself in someone else’s shoes, and to play someone who can’t play someone who can’t do any of those things, um, you know, to have that as your avatar during the day was quite fun.

Q : There was a scene where, uh, Lily asks you, as Cinderella, why are you doing this, and you say you’re- because you’re young, and I think you’re good, and I forget what the third one was.

CB : You’re young and beautiful, and, and I’m…

Q : Yeah, what is- is that saying that an older woman is gonna be, you know, so mean, and evil, and jealous to a younger, beautiful woman, and having to work that into your character? Did you find something else that you could- some humanity in her that you could use?

CB : Well, there’s that wonderful before that moment, you, you finally get to hear the stepmother’s story, and you know, it’s, it’s not the stepmother’s story. It’s, it’s the story of Cinderella. Um, and so the stepmother is foiled for her, narratively, and they’ve both suffered an incredible amount of hardship and tragedy, and this is a world still like today’s world where a lot of women don’t have agency; don’t have financial independence, and she made a decision really early on that the world is a tough place, and the way, the way to navigate your way through that is to graft yourself onto a, a man, and that’s, and that’s what she’s imparting to her, her children.

And the way that the stepmother has dealt with grief and hardship is to close down and to become bitter and jealous, um, you know, and there’s a sense of entitlement. And Cinderella’s experienced those things, but she’s remained open-hearted and good. She’s much more glass half full. And I think that whether you’re a man or a woman, you know, it, that, that tragedy does define- can define your character. So, I mean, hopefully, you’re not, you’re not, um, you don’t, you don’t necessarily like what the stepmother does, but hopefully you understand her.

And I don’t necessarily think it’s just about older women. There’s a lot of different female characters in there. There’s Cinderella’s mother, there’s the, the daughters, you know, there’s the people at the court and, and then there’s the stepmother, as well. But I think, I think there can be like professional jealousy, um, between men. You know, the same thing can exist between, between them, and this, I think it’s interesting to see them onscreen.

Q : How did you prepare for your role? You’re so evil. I love it. [AUDIENCE LAUGHS]

CB : Thank you. Um, often on film, we don’t get a lot of rehearsal time. We got a little bit of wi- with Ken on the, on the, on the script. Um, but, you know, actors come in at various different times, and so for me, the, the most creative two parts of the process early on are your costume fittings and, um, and so working with Sandy who I’ve worked with before, but also, Morag Ross who is doing my, um, makeup, and Kay Georgia who is doing my hair, and the four of us had, um, have, have worked together quite a lot.

And it’s- we get to try things out because before you even utter a syllable, um, what you wear- I mean, we do it, we do this on a daily basis. You, we form unconscious judgments of people, um, you know, the way they smell, [LAUGHS], by the way- what they choose to wear; how you choose to present yourself, you know, it’s a big part of who we are, and particularly on film because it’s so visual, obviously. Um, you, once I knew what those silhouettes were, I knew which bits I didn’t have to act because the costume was, was re- revealing those things.

You could- you could play against it. Um, so that was an incredible amount of fun and, um, and then obviously, it gives you a sense of how the character might move, and you try those things out because the camera’s not rolling- no one’s looking at you, and the other thing I find very creative is the camera tests. Because obviously the cinematographer and the director, uh, um, are looking for lighting effects and, you know, how will it affect on your skin or the hair- with wig color. They’re not looking at you, and I always like to see the camera tests because you can try, try things out.

You can fuck things up, and think, oh, [AUDIENCE LAUGHS], I won’t, I won’t do that. Um, so that was a big part of the preparation.

Q : Hi. Um, I wanted to ask you, um, did you have any input on what you wore, and what was your favorite look of what you wore?

CB : Oh, gosh, yes, it’s been a Sophie’s Choice moment isn’t it? Um, yes, I mean, Sandy’s got very, very strong ideas. I mean, that’s what makes her Sandy Powell. Um, but we talked really early on. We started emailing, um, each other pictures that we found inspiring, you know, lighting references, hat references, drapes, fabrics, um, and we sort of- we found this pool of images that we were both drawn to and, um, and the, the big offers that Sandy began to, to make, which I found really exciting is when she pulled out the color swatches.

Okay, we’re going for chartreuse, we’re going for green, we’re going for hot pink, and we’re gonna mix them all together. Um, and so there’s a, um, yeah, that was an enormous offer- that you, you take those offers from, from Sandy.

Q : And your favorites?

CB : My favorite, well, uh, there was a lot of green- my school uniform was green, so I tend not to wear a lot of green in everyday life, and I call that, that dress that I wore at the, um, the ball, the gherkin, you know, that was my least favorite, but everyone seems to like that one.

Um, I like the blue one. There’s a scene where the stepmother goes to see the archduke, and yeah, the poppy gloves and, um, uh, and a blue hat. It was sort of, I think for memory, it had a bird on it. I mean, the detail in Sandy’s costumes are just extraordinary.

Q : There was a notably difficult scene for you that was really hard to shoot?

CB : Um, well, it was all this, you know, obviously, I’m not in the film all the time, so you have- I wanted to sort of try and chart a journey that was, um, you know, from an, an exquisite exterior- the, um, you know, with a sort of affected grace that the stepmother became increasingly brash. And so it was just trying to calibrate- calibrate that. Um, you know, the, the, the costumes were- some were slightly more difficult to maneuver. Um…

Q : You just spoke about, um, trying things out on the camera test. How much input did you have- the script or anything?

CB : A lot. I mean, I think there’s a sense, um, that actors are sort of puppets that get moved around, um, but no, I’m, uh, no, I’m always interested in input. I, my husband’s a writer, you know, and I come from the theater, so I have a great respect for the script, and oftentimes, you know, the line that you want to change is the line that you need to make work, and that once you make that line work, then you’ve actually- you’ve shifted from yourself, the line you find hardest to say.

It’s actually- so without getting too kind of complex, it’s quite a difficult neurolinguisic process to actually make someone else’s words sound like they’re your own. And so the one I find that you may find most difficult to make your own is often the one that will unlock the character. Um, but it was really important to me, and it wasn’t the case when I first read the script that, um, that Cinderella had the final line of the film. And, uh, I said to Ken, so it’s a really great message. She comes in and says, well, I’m not gonna be rescued.

If this relationship is gonna work, he has to accept me for who I am, which I think is wonderful for young girls to say. I think it’s fantastic. And then there was a line at the end where he said, shall we go, and she didn’t say anything. And I thought, it’s not his story- it’s her story. And so then they- we added in this sense of forgiveness. I forgive you, and I, I feel, I feel like that’s a wonderful kind of conclusion to her, to her, her super power. Ella has an incredibly generous spirit and, um, and, and she also closes out the film which I think is great.

via MomStart

Posted on
Mar 9, 2015

Promotional interviews for Cinderella

Good evening. New interviews from the Los Angeles Cinderella promotion have been released these last couple of days. Enjoy!

RaiNews24 Italy


BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — While Cate Blanchett loved the extremely theatrical costumes created by designer Sandy Powell for the new, live-action “Cinderella” film (opening Friday), they were a huge challenge to wear.

Blanchett won one of her two Oscars outfitted by Powell (in “The Aviator,” which also brought the designer one of her three Academy Awards for costume design), but the “Cinderella” creations were a lot more involved.

“None of the women [in the film] could sit down,” said Blanchett as we chatted in a Beverly Hills hotel suite the other day. Helena [Bonham Carter, who plays Cinderella’s fairy godmother] had millions of LED lights that had to be switched on every time. Lily [James, who portrays the title character] could barely breathe when she was dancing in that blue ballgown, in the big scene with the prince.

“I had to be on one of those old-fashioned slantboards a number of times for many of my takes. And, none of us could go to the bathroom!”

All that said, Blanchett admitted, “We love working with Sandy Powell, because she makes everyone look so fabulous. She creates these silhouettes, and then we as actresses have to fill them. She gives you this great acting [gift], which really helps you find your character.

As for playing the woman named Lady Tremaine, Cinderella’s oh-so-nasty stepmother, the actress said it was “fantastic to play such an iconic ‘baddie’ as the evil stepmother, but there also is a responsibility — or a hurdle to get over — because everyone’s loved the animated classic so much.

“We had to ask ourselves, ‘What are we going to do with it?’ What I loved about this version — and what [director] Ken Branagh did — was not doing anything really drastic to it. He just unlocked the three-dimensional qualities of the fairy tale. We’ve had a lot of angles recently on the retelling of fairy tales, but I think in this case, it is everything fans of the fairy tale will want it to be.”

The actress also was happy to have a character with a bit of a back-story.

“What interested me was thinking about things like ‘What makes people ugly? What makes them cruel? What makes them wicked?’ It’s obviously not the stepmother’s story, but she’s dealt with hardship and trauma in an entirely different way in her life, and that’s a big part of what’s made her the way she is — and how she treats Cinderella.”

In real life, Blanchett is clearly much more maternal than the character she filmed for “Cinderella.” On Friday, the actress’ publicist announced that the actress and her husband, Andrew Upton, adopted a baby girl to join their family. The couple already are the parents to three sons, ages 6, 10 and 13. The only detail released was the little girl’s name: Edith Vivian Patricia Upton.

I asked Upton if the fact Branagh is such a wonderful actor makes him a better director than directors who are not actors.

She quickly stressed she had worked with “many fantastic directors who have never once acted,” but that Branagh’s gift is that, “as a director, he’s very good at speaking to everyone individually. He doesn’t have a single process that he applies to everyone. He understands when you don’t need to go again [and shoot another take of a scene], or when you do need to go again for the performance.

“When you work with him, he invites you in. He gives you a sense of responsibility to the whole film. I really loved that.”

Branagh told me that tackling “Cinderella” — such an iconic, familiar story that audiences already know so well — did not intimidate him in the least.

“You have to remember that I come from a background in the classics where you’re often coming across material that has been done very successful before,” he noted, particularly pointing to his acclaimed performances in Shakespeare’s “Henry V” and “Hamlet.”

“In approaching them [to do again] you realize that it’s because they are so good that they are worth visiting again in a fresh and a new way to present to new generations.”

Branagh chuckled recalling the first time he saw Blanchett in her first costume as the evil stepmother.

“When she walked on set for the first time in Sandy Powell’s costume, with that strong silhouette, with those strong colors, such an amazing hat, the veil, the gloves, the cat on a leash — her friend Lucifer — I was spellbound. All those things offered great fun just to be around.”

As for the enduring popularity of the “Cinderella” story, Branagh said, “I think part of it is that we recognize and sympathize with an outsider. We identify with someone who appears to be an underdog. … We want to believe it can work out— and not just because of magic, but because of a strength and a goodness we want to see inside ourselves.”

For Blanchett, portraying the evil stepmother, of course, had nothing to do with goodness.

“Oh no. That’s not who she is in the least,” said the actress with a chuckle. “But, I must say, it was fun playing her. That role was truly delicious!”

via Chicago Sun Times

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Posted on
Mar 3, 2015

Cinderella – New promotional interviews

Four new press junket interviews with Cate Blanchett!

Sunrise Australia

And a very sweet interview from the Cinderella Los Angeles premiere.

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Posted on
Feb 27, 2015

Cate Blanchett talks about Eddie Redmayne and “The Present”

Cate Blanchett enjoyed bestowing Eddie Redmayne with his Best Actor Oscar — though she hasn’t forgotten the names he called her when they first worked together.

‘I think he used the “whore” word,’ Blanchett told me, her eyes twinkling with mischief and merriment at the Oscar Governors Ball.

‘I’ve never forgiven him!’ she joked about their on-screen encounter in Elizabeth: The Golden Age, when she was the Virgin Queen and he Anthony Babington.

Blanchett has a few movies coming out this year, including the Disney extravaganza Cinderella; Carol, an exploration of sexual identity; and Truth, in which she portrays a former producer on the American news show 60 Minutes, with Robert Redford appearing as CBS anchorman Dan Rather.

But Blanchett told me she’s taking a break from the big screen to star in her husband Andrew Upton’s adaptation of Chekhov’s unfinished play, known variously as Platonov, Wild Honey or — in the case of this production, running at the Sydney Theatre Company in August for seven weeks — The Present.

The double Oscar winner said she hopes she and leading man Richard Roxburgh will tour, possibly to the U.S. and London, though nothing has been sorted yet.

via Daily Mail

The Present will be on stage at the Roslyn Packer Theatre Walsh Bay from August to September 2015:

Previews 4 – 7 Aug 2015
Season 10 Aug – 19 Sep 2015

the last tickets can be booked here

Posted on
Feb 12, 2015

Cate Blanchett on Academy Awards, encounters with dragons, Cinderella & Rooney Mara

EXCLUSIVE: One year later, 2013 Best Actress winner Cate Blanchett is ready to hit the Oscar stage again.

This year she will be opening the envelope and announcing the name of the Lead Actor winner, the most hotly contested of all acting races. But when I mentioned that as I spoke with her on the phone her home in Australia, Blanchett almost brushed it aside, wanting to talk about instead about a different category: the one she won in last year for Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. “Well, I don’t know. There are also a lot of great performances, yet again by women, and another five that didn’t make it could easily have been nominated,” she said.

It’s hard to believe that it has been a year since she became a first-time Best Actress winner after winning in 2004 for her Supporting role as Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator. She’s not resting on her laurels, though. “It’s about as big as it gets,” Blanchett said. “It was huge, glorious and wonderful, and you never forget it, but you also in a strange way have  to forget it and move on. And that’s why it was so wonderful to go in and do Carol and go back to the theater and think, ‘OK, what’s next?’”

Carol is one of those things that is “next.” She started shooting the film opposite Rooney Mara right after the Oscars for director Todd Haynes, who guided Blanchett to one of her six Oscar noms as the Bob Dylan-like figure in 2007’s I’m Not There. She says she met Mara for the first time when she came to present Blanchett with her Outstanding Performer Of The Year award at the tribute I hosted for her at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival last February. She’s excited about the 1950s-set film about a department store clerk who falls for an older, married woman, and she loved working with Mara. “She is really a good egg,” she said. “That was a really beautiful experience, actually. I mean, coming back to work with Todd, having done the Dylan film with him and then working on such a different endeavor was really fantastic. But Rooney’s great. She takes her work seriously but doesn’t take herself necessarily very seriously. She’s also got a really great non-sentimental radar. So she’s not interested in being liked, but she’s interested in revealing stuff.”

After her Oscar appearance on February 22, Blanchett has another biggie coming out from Disney on March 13, the live-action version of Cinderella directed by Kenneth Branagh in which she plays the evil Lady Tremaine.It was really fun. Incredibly fun,” she said. “I mean, it’s always fun playing someone wicked. There’s been a trend of late, which has been really interesting, to see how one can twist the fairy tales. And I think what Ken has done is he’s delivered the fairy tale with all its warts and dark nooks and crannies but has sort of a grace and a levity and a beauty and a majesty, like a beautiful, wonderful MGM picture. It’s pretty rare these days. For my money, it’s got that quality of a classic, in that it’s sort of moving beyond the zeitgeist. It’s reaching for something deeper and grander.” Blanchett also praised Lily James, who plays Cinderella, and Richard Madden as Prince Charming.

And though she will be attending the Oscars this year as a presenter, not a nominee, Blanchett has a rooting interest in one of the movies in the Best Animated Feature category. In How To Train Your Dragon 2, she voices Valka, the mother of Hiccup who returns after 20 years away to her family. She joined a cast that was already tight thanks to working on the 2010 original as well as its TV series spinoff. And there was even an Oscar connection as to how she got involved. She was at the Oscar ceremony in 2011 when she was approached by director Dean DeBlois. “I was kind of ambushed by Dean,” she said. “Approached, accosted — it depends how you look at it. The first time around was so complete, I was really curious  to see how they could possibly equal it, let alone top it. So, then when I read the script, I thought: ‘This is really exciting. This is a really unusual mother-son relationship.’ So I was thrilled to be part of it.” Blanchett added that she started gushing to DeBlois when she learned he was one of the creators because she and her sons loved the first one so much. Suddenly the prospect of being in the sequel was intriguing, even though it puts her in the midst of another trilogy. She just finished co-starring in the Hobbit films for Peter Jackson and, of course also did the Lord Of The Rings pictures. But the character really got to her in Dragon.

“I sort of gripped the idea of this sort of Jane Goodall-esque woman who spent many, many years with the dragons and almost had forgotten how to co-exist with humans,” she told me. “And also it’s rare in a conventional drama, let along an animated film, that the notion of a mother leaving her child was sort of dealt with and reconciled in a way that is so satisfying, complex and, I think, heartrending.”She added that since doing the film she had been stopped by people from 7 to 70;  the breadth of the audience for Dragon 2 really startled her.

via Deadline

Posted on
Feb 11, 2015

Cate Blanchett on ‘How to Train Your Dragon 3? and the Fear of Oscar Speeches

For Cate Blanchett, all roads these days lead to Oscar.

Last year’s best actress winner (“Blue Jasmine”) will be a presenter on Feb. 22. She will also be represented in the feature animation race, thanks to her voice work in “How to Train Your Dragon 2.”

And she landed that job at an Oscar ceremony.

When the 2010 “Dragon” was nominated, director Dean DeBlois approached her at the ceremony about doing a role in the sequel. As she told Variety, “He just walked up to me and said, ‘I’ve written a part for you.’ I thought, ‘Yeah, that is such a line…!’ But he had. He said she was a Jane Goodall-type of character who had spent her life with dragons. I loved the first film and had watched it about nine times with my boys. So my curiosity was piqued, and I thought, ‘How will they top that?’”

She’d done voiceover narration and “bits and pieces” in animation (e.g., two episodes of “Family Guy”), but this was new to her: It turned into a three-year job. “We met every six months or so. You go in and chip away at it for three years, as the animation evolves, and there were little shifts and changes in the story.

She’s proud of the character and the film (“What an entrance! It was fabulous”) and is happy that the risks taken by DeBlois and his team have paid off creatively and at the box office ($619 million worldwide).

Her character will appear in “Dragon 3,” which is scheduled for 2017. “I am really excited. I don’t know what it’s going to be, but Dean has such an extraordinary imagination. And he directed in such a detailed, engaged way — he holds a firm grip on the universe.”

Before last year’s win as best actress, Blanchett had won the supporting prize for 2004’s “The Aviator” as Katharine Hepburn — the first performer to win an Oscar for playing an Oscar winner.

Daniel Day-Lewis presented the award last year, and Blanchett laughed when asked what went through her mind as he started reading the nominees. “It’s like being in a tennis court and watching the ball in the air: There is no thought going through your head; everything is just kind of blank.”

She said it was “an extraordinary bunch of nominees, and I was just pleased to be at the party.

It’s not a horse race, but it becomes that, because everyone likes to talk and speculate,” she added.

Alongside the honor, there is apprehension and horror of making an acceptance speech in front of this group of people. There is no going back and doing a second take, no looping, no finessing. It’s what happens. It is like standup: It works or it doesn’t. It was scary, but I was excited by it.

She said she’s too superstitious to have prepared a speech in advance; as for nerves, “I have an ability to tell myself, ‘No one’s going to see this,’” she laughed. Though she gave a terrific speech, she has no recollection of it. Asked if she will someday look at video of her speech, she gasped in mock horror, “No! Never!

But she has only positive feelings about the Oscar experience. “Something like this doesn’t come along every day, and it’s great to be caught up in excitement. It was quite some ride.

via Variety

Posted on
Jan 27, 2015

Cate Blanchett shares her six beauty secrets

Whether smudging her mascara just so or leaving her forehead slightly shiny, Cate Blanchett uses cosmetic signals to help craft her on-screen personae: “We really fine-tune those details,” Blanchett says. “The audience takes a cue from the visual before the characters even open their mouths.” Here, the two-time Oscar winner (and longtime ambassador for SK-II skin care) gives us a master class on the art of transformation.

How much does a character’s hair and makeup affect the psychology behind your performance?

It matters greatly. Personally, I prefer to play against the look: If a character appears particularly unhinged, with makeup running down her face, I like to play her as if she has it together. I think that juxtaposition makes it so much more interesting.

Have you ever played a character whose beauty habits made you uncomfortable with your own reflection?

I just completed this movie, Carol, in which I had to pluck my eyebrows nearly every day to achieve that very stern look. I just hated it. I much prefer a natural approach to beauty. You know, Coco Chanel always said to take one thing off before you leave the house, and I think that also applies to makeup.

Do you ever do your own makeup?

I’ve just come off of a three-week run of The Maids, where the backstage makeup is pretty bare-bones. It’s just you and the mirror. While I much prefer when a professional does it, I’m getting better at it—even liquid liner. After a run of several night events, you begin to appreciate the solitude and the quiet backstage. And then, of course, a healthy sweep of jet-black mascara. I’ve also taken to lining my eyes in white pencil to make them look instantly brighter and bigger. That’s something I’ve learned from the pros.

At the Emmys last year, a lot of people were talking about how the age ceiling has been shattered for women in Hollywood. What does that mean to you? Why is that always a topic of conversation?

Look at the women on Orange Is the New Black, American Horror Story, or The Good Wife. People really do want to see women doing dark, complicated, and crazy shit! Those shows have a myriad of male viewers because the writing is simply good. It’s not as if women just stop watching TV after they turn 40. I think what happened is that the women finally started to do something about it; they began writing and producing.

So much of beauty is predicated on what our mothers did. What was something you inherited from yours?

It does, doesn’t it? My mom always used Oil of Olay. She was always very careful not to expose herself to the sun and was always wearing a hat. My sister and I are also rather pale, you know? I think my generation is much more careful about not going into the sun. Some of my friends’ mums were total sun bunnies.

Who’s the most beautiful woman you’ve ever seen up close?

Michelle Williams—she just has this light about her. Jessica Chastain, too, in that same way that she’s sort of lit from within. And Norwegian director Liv Ullmann. Just beautiful.

via Elle Magazine

Posted on
Jan 9, 2015

Cate Blanchett reveals her beauty secrets

Two new interviews for Ms. Blanchett and brand new images from the new SK-II LXP Campaing

Cate Blanchett is a rare breed of actress. She’s a modern woman whose poise and beauty seems tethered to the collective memory audiences share of Hollywood’s classic beauties. She’s a commanding presence, but notably down-to-earth. Those of her ilk are scarce in this day and age. We caught up with the beguiling Aussie, the face SK-II skincare, to find out how she manages to stay looking pitch-perfect with such a topsy-turvy movie-star schedule.

SAKSPOV: You just completed your run with the Sydney Theater’s production of Genet’s ‘The Maids’ this past year in New York City. Eight performances a week must take a toll on anyone’s skin. How did you prep your skin for each performance?
Cate Blanchett: I moisturized with the LXP range before and after and make sure I cleanse well – when I’m on stage I use the SK-II Cleansing Oil. When I had two shows on the same day, I put an SK-II Facial Treatment Mask on between performances.

SAKSPOV: You just completed your run with the Sydney Theater’s production of Genet’s ‘The Maids’ this past year in New York City. Eight performances a week must take a toll on anyone’s skin. How did you prep your skin for each performance?
Cate Blanchett: I moisturized with the LXP range before and after and make sure I cleanse well – when I’m on stage I use the SK-II Cleansing Oil. When I had two shows on the same day, I put an SK-II Facial Treatment Mask on between performances.

How do you plan to spend the rest of your summer? Any big plans now that you’ve wrapped production on your latest stage work?
Cate Blanchett: Well, it’s winter in Sydney and we are about to have a holiday break with the children, so I hope I’m in a canoe, then tucked up by the fire.

via SaksPOV

As Cate Blanchett gets set to star in the upcoming remake of the 1950s Disney fairytale, Cinderella, she is looking younger than ever.
So what’s the secret behind the 45-year-old star’s timeless looks and healthy glow?
The Australian actress has revealed that she swears by the power of emu oil for keeping her skin in check as she opens her make-up bag for FEMAIL.

Speaking about the peculiar lotion, she said: ‘I tend to use really basic creams, and I like to put anoil on, like an emu oil from Australia. It’s from the emu and it’s really nourishing. I prefer an oil to a cream.

‘In indigenous Australian culture, that’s the first oil they put on a baby because it’s so hydrating,’ she said. ‘It’s all pretty basic.’

Cate, who is the ambassador for beauty brand SK-II, shared her day-to-day skincare tips.

She said: ‘I drink hot water with lemon. Everyone says, “Try this” or “Try that”, but they all come back to basic principles. They all come back to hydrating, drinking enough water and making sure you don’t eat over-processed food.
‘The other thing that’s really bad for your gut and skin, and really bad for your mind, is stress levels. Anything you can do to reduce your stress levels – which is hard if you’re under economic pressure or in relationship pressure – those things take a toll on you and your skin.
‘But anything you could do to ease that part of your life will have an impact. How you feel affects how you look.’
The Hollywood stalwart, who has won countless awards, says she’s picked up some vital beauty habits from her years in the industry.
She swears by not overplucking her eyebrows, and when it comes to make-up, finding the right foundation that works with her moisturiser is essential, she says.

‘I’ve gotten very quick and easy about [my beauty regime]. I don’t think about it a lot. I don’t wear a lot of makeup during my everyday life – I would for a character – but it’s all about making sure your skin is clean.

‘For me, the thing I’ll never give up is my skincare. I’ve also learnt how highlighting can change your face. I’m also not faddish about it, so it hasn’t really changed that much to be honest. I use the SK-II LXP Ultimate Perfecting Essence, Serum and Cream and I cleanse, and I get up and do the same thing,’ she said.

The blonde beauty also opened up about ageing gracefully, admitting: ‘Whenever I have those days – and we all have them – and I go “Oh, I don’t like this bit or that bit”, I always have to ask myself what it is and that’s what I have to work on.

‘We’re all getting older, there’s no point panicking about it, you just try to look as good as you can at whatever age you are.’

She continued: ‘I really subscribe to the Asian philosophy that in order for something to be perfect, it needs to contain its grain of imperfection.

‘In Japan for instance, when a plate breaks, they’ll put it back together but they’ll put gold along the cracks – they’ll celebrate the crack. Whereas in the West, I feel like we’re always trying to pretend the crack’s not there or throw it away and get another one.

‘I think we should throw out the notion of trying to attain all that perfection that isn’t possible. We should try to be better but we should celebrate who we are and what we have. I certainly wasn’t born with incredible skin but I worked with what I’d been given.’

Discussing her New Year’s resolutions, she revealed that working out is at the top of her priorities list.

‘I’m so regular with my skincare, so I’d love to get regular with my exercise too because it always goes out the window,’ she said.

‘If I don’t do something in the morning then I don’t get it done because then the day takes over. And often it does take over for one thing or another.

‘I’ve so many friends who have incorporated the idea of meditating at some point during the day, so I would love that. There’re so many apps now and the world can get so noisy; we’re so addicted to being busy. I would really love to find that 15 minutes a day to just be still and quiet.’

via DailyMail

Cate Blanchett on What She Wears to Christmas Breakfast—It Will Surprise You
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Nov 30, 2014

Cate Blanchett on What She Wears to Christmas Breakfast—It Will Surprise You

This holiday season, SK-II is launching limited edition designs of their cult favorite Facial Treatment Essence, with a floral design painted by Taiwanese artist Po Chih Huang. We recently caught up with the brand’s ambassador, Cate Blanchett, who told us which product is her favorite, what makes a gift meaningful, and what she loves most about the holidays.

Which of the Facial Treatment Essence Limited Edition designs is your personal favorite?
It’s a difficult choice, but the red bottle reminds me of the red of passion and excitement and all that is sensuous. Red is such an energetic, positive color, which seems to me to reflect the potential of the festive season. It makes me recall a combination of action and vision—acting on ones beliefs. Passion is a quality I admire in a woman.

What do you like most about the bottle?
All the special edition FTE festive bottles are so vital—flamboyant, strong, yet delicate. They are stunning ($205 each;

What do you like about the holiday season the most?
I look forward to the holiday season every year. Ours are always different, but essentially the ingredients are family, friends, and food. Everyone pitches in and the day itself rolls into the next one.

Where is your favorite place to spend the holiday season?
The place is secondary to the company. Sometimes it’s a last-minute trip away, but it’s usually in the home of a loved one, often at our place. I love it when the house if full of people and noise. So my favorite place would always include close friends and family.

Do you have any special holiday traditions?
I have been known to make the Christmas breakfast with an SK-II mask on—any female guest joining the breakfast does the same, and willingly. Last year my husband joked that the Facial Treatment Essence mask is my version of the Christmas cracker hat.

How do you prepare for a holiday party?
Frequently, leading up to Christmas there are a few late nights, so the SK-II eye cream and eye masks are my trusty friends over this period. All year-round I take the mask in my handbag—to the beach, to the mountains, on a plane—wherever we go, as it’s a wonderful pick-me-up for the skin during the day and part of my morning and night skin care routine.

In your opinion, why makes a gift meaningful and memorable?
When a gift is difficult to give away it becomes even more rare and precious; somehow gathering a part of the giver to the gift itself. My mother-in-law gave me her mother’s engagement ring a few years back. I know how much my mother-in-law’s mother meant to her, so to part with this and to watch the joy on her face when I wore it was very special.