Madame Figaro (Magazine Scan)
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Jul 1, 2022

Madame Figaro (Magazine Scan)


Madame Figaro has interviewed Cate Blanchett and Steven Stokey-Daley during LVMH Prize at the beginning of June 2022. The interview below is Google translated. You can check the scan for the original text.

Madame Figaro – July 1st 2022

“GOSH … IT’S LIKE AN OSCAR!” The young Englishman Steven Stokey-Daley hugs the golden trophy of the 9th edition of the LVMH Prize, rewarding a promising talent in fashion, an actress multi-Oscar winner, a sublime woman with a magnetic and benevolent gaze, has just presented it to him. On this improvised stage, Cate Blanchett does not play. The Australian-American star is really happy to see the emergence of this young generation of creators focused on beauty and ethics. This prize has already been a springboard for today’s world-renowned creators, such as Nensi Dojaka (winner of the previous edition), Jacquemus or Marine Serre. The endowment of 300,000 euros and mentoring within the LVMH group aim to help the winner develop and promote his brand. Like all the nominees, Steven Stokey-Daley is inhabited by the historical vocation of fashion designers: to make people dream. But also by the new role taken on by this prodigious industry: to be a vector of sustainable development. It is in this spirit that he has designed, under his label S.S.Daley, a collection that diverts the codes of the fan tassed wardrobe of English private schools, a universe opposed to his own since he comes from the working class of Liverpool. Recovered materials, vintage pieces…, he even transformed old napkins dedicated to tea service into patchwork shirts! The 26-year-old designer has already worked for Alexander McQueen and Tom Ford, and also dresses pop star Harry Styles, actress Emma Corrin and singer Dua Lipa.  There’s punk in it, but soft, rounded, dotted with flowery patterns. His fashion thwarts identities and questions the unwritten rules of tradition. And we are delighted, on this British Jubilee Day, to launch this meeting between these two subjects of Her Majesty.

MADAME FIGARO: Steven Stokey-Daley, how do you feel?

STEVEN STOKEY-DALEY: The truth? I did not expect that! I’m still in shock, and so happy!

MF: Cate Blanchett, what did you think of the finalists and the winner?

CATE BLANCHETT: I am amazed by everyone, and I must say quite moved by the message and the story of Steven’s collection, which values British craftsmen. I am originally from Australia, I know the fragility of certain know-how lost forever. I think of those women who mastered old techniques of printing and dyeing fabrics… (She turns to him.) That you managed to show us that with your collection really touched me.

S.S.D: Did you notice? Thanks! In fact, I started working on this collection during the pandemic, in full confinement. Nothing entered the interior of the country, so I made it my mission to find the best local artisans, to highlight our heritage, those who work with silk, spinners and spinners of Scottish wool, weavers  and Irish linen weavers…

MF: Do you think the pandemic has taught us anything or that we will go back to business as before?

S.S.D: This period inevitably changed our outlook and our way of working. Forced to look at what we had in us, inside, we notably rediscovered small local crafts.

CB: I think that the big brands are inspired by this emerging generation of designers who have in their DNA a responsible approach in terms of practice, image and relationships with others. Even in how they treat employees and customers, they drive change.

S.S.D.: My generation shares the same values, it’s almost second nature for us to be eco-responsible. But if I did upcycling, it’s also because I didn’t have the means to buy luxurious fabrics… By pushing me to play with materials that I had already used, sustainable development also allowed me to do my job!

MF: On this subject, you preach a convinced: Cate Blanchett you made the headlines for having walked the red carpet with dresses that you had already worn in the past…

CB: I love beautiful things, and when we have the privilege and the luxury of being able to wear a couture garment made expressly for you, it would not only be sad but inelegant and absurd to wear it only once! You’ll laugh, when I arrived in Cannes with a sumptuous dress, some journalists, looking a little embarrassed for me, slipped me quietly: “I think you’ve already worn it…” I replied: “Yes, I know!” Where I had thought of a form of celebration, they saw inattention…

S.S.D.: This is a way of educating and sensitizing the public: showing the world that a piece of clothing can live for more than the time of an evening, however chic it may be!

MF: Your professions, fashion and cinema shape the imagination and have often accompanied societal changes, sometimes announcing them: do you think this is still the case?

CB: The future is always shaped in the minds of artists. This is where the dream begins. We tell a story and we invite people to enter it whether it’s a film, a fashion collection, a choreography or a book… They enter an imaginary landscape without ideas preconceived, all possibilities open, offered. To come back more specifically to your question, in our respective sectors, even if we are not the worst polluters, we produce quite a lot of waste. We can do better and demonstrate that it is possible to reduce our carbon impact.

S.S.D.: Fashion is a form of theater that carries a message about society and can drive change. It shows how to be poetic, how to dream and be ambitious without doing any damage!

CB: Yes!

MF: Cate Blanchett, thanks to your profession, you have been able to wear clothes from all eras, even the clothes of Queen Elizabeth, which are not very practical…

CB: Everything can be reinterpreted today, Nicolas Ghesquière (artistic director of Louis  Vuitton, editor’s note) did well with basket dresses in its fashion shows! I love inhabiting these silhouettes as much as their minds: it’s the great privilege to enter into the imagination of creators. For me, even if obviously the relationship with the director is essential, when I have to interpret a character, it is with the costume designer that I start the conversation, with them the character‘s psychology takes shape. Basically, there is a big difference between what we think we are, who we aspire to be and who we really are… Often, we dress either to hide ourselves or to reveal ourselves. Fashion understands this perfectly, it accompanies and facilitates our desires, our aims and our inspirations.

S.S.D.: Today, fashion no longer prescribes lines to follow all drawn, everyone can draw from a thousand different wardrobes without having to display who they are…

CB: Yes, I agree. People often ask me questions about identity, but – and it is. Maybe that’s why I’m an actress – my identity is so fluid! Obviously I am not an amoeba, I have a solid moral base and strong convictions, but my identity is fluid…

S.S.D.: I understand perfectly. I started doing theater as a teenager, in a national company.  For a while, I even thought I was going to make it my career. It’s interesting what you say about building a character through clothing. Me, I first think of a character to define his look.

MF: So it’s not the habit that makes the monk…

S.S.D.: No, it is the monk who makes the habit, the character defines the clothes. For a collection, I create my little universe with six or seven characters…

CB: Oh, it’s exciting!

S.S.D.: Thank you… I’m writing their whole story, their background… It’s a lot of work, too much writing!  But all this information defines the garment, the cut, the material, the details, what the person can do with it and in what situation…

MF: Artists, by definition, you live from the desire of the other: is this need for public recognition a brake or a driving force?

CB: Paying attention to how you are going to be greeted before you even start work is putting the cart before the horse, a dangerous way to work. You can’t think about what’s going to happen first. I imagine it’s the same for a collection, you just have to move forward, one step after another.

S.S.D.: Absolutely. I forbid myself to think about the outcome, or how the result of my work will be perceived. Otherwise, I couldn’t move forward…

CB: We wouldn’t get up in the morning… But it takes courage. I, for example, am full of fears and doubts. But at the end of the day, we get up and do what we have to do. When the film comes out, I go back under the duvet thinking: “Anyway, no one is going to see it”…and that’s often the case! (Laughs.) The idea of ??doing everything for people to like, it’s so unpleasant, precisely. And at the same time, it‘s so brutal to be on display, to do a job that lives off the public.

MF: Do prizes help you move forward?

CB: I experienced something very strange this year, and very unexpected: I received three important awards. You have to understand that as an Australian, I would never have imagined being recognized and rewarded outside of my culture. I still can’t believe it, it’s very intimidating for me and I imagine you, Steven, must feel the same way when this international group that is LVMH gives you a prize…. At the same time, the prizes are gratifying, but it is the failures that allow us to learn. The path to success—whatever that word means—is a bumpy road. I know, it sounds a bit like advice from a mother, but it‘s so true: you do not learn much by winning a prize, you should not lock yourself into it.

MF: Cate Blanchett, based on your experience, would you have any advice to give him?

CB: Oh no! Advice is unbearable. Ask my children, I’m constantly on their backs.

MF: So, any question you would like to ask him?

CB: Two. What music inspires you? And where do you see yourself in five years?

S.S.D.: Kate Bush! I’m obsessed with her, I listened to her a lot during the preparation of this collection. And in five years… Gosh… I don’t know. I hope to be happy and in agreement with my choices.

CB: Who would you like to collaborate with? No, do not answer, call me next week! (Laughs.)

Cate Blanchett on Madame Figaro (Photoshoot & Scans), UNHCR videos, & Nightmare Alley wraps filming
Posted on
Dec 18, 2020

Cate Blanchett on Madame Figaro (Photoshoot & Scans), UNHCR videos, & Nightmare Alley wraps filming

Hey, everyone!

A bit of news – new magazine cover with an interivew with Cate, UNHCR has released two new videos, and we got release month for Nightmare Alley!

Cate Blanchett : “J’évite les réseaux sociaux, je fuis la pensée unique”

Son magnétisme et sa capacité de pouvoir tout jouer en font une star célébrée. Présidente du dernier Festival de Venise, l’égérie d’Armani Beauty et visage des parfums SÌ, nous parle de confinement, de cinéma et de l’importance d’être singulière.

Elle a incarné deux fois et avec panache la reine Elisabeth Ire. Les mandats de présidente ne sont donc pas de taille à effrayer Cate Blanchett. Elle a mené le Festival de Cannes en 2018 avant de régner, en septembre dernier, sur celui de Venise. «La présidente» Cate Blanchett, outre ses fonctions régaliennes cinématographiques, y a assuré à elle seule le show sur tapis rouge, un red carpet invisible de l’extérieur puisque réservé aux seuls photographes, Covid oblige. Même sans public, elle rayonnait, effet spécial à elle seule avec son élégance jamais prise en défaut, gigantesque et longiligne, teint d’albâtre, cheveux d’or et regard bleu acier, un écrin haute couture idéal pour les créations de Giorgio Armani : Cate Blanchett est l’égérie du parfum Sì et l’ambassadrice d’Armani Beauty, par ailleurs partenaire officiel de la Mostra.

La beauté singulière de Cate Blanchett convoque un imaginaire hollywoodien fantasmagorique – elle possède l’aura des stars des années 1940, comme Katharine Hepburn qu’elle a jouée dans Aviator, de Martin Scorsese -, tout en imposant une implacable modernité : actrice superpuissante, elle est aussi à l’aise sur une scène à Broadway que dans un blockbuster (Le Seigneur des anneaux), une performance (Manifesto, de Julian Rosefeldt) ou une série TV (Mrs America). Bref, Cate Blanchett, deux Oscars, ne dédaigne aucun moyen d’expression et se fait un devoir de défendre le cinéma quel qu’il soit. Interview téléphonique.

Madame Figaro. – Quelle est l’humeur du jour ?
Cate Blanchett. –
 L’optimisme prudent. Un repli relatif. En ce moment, je vis à la campagne, en Angleterre. Je viens d’arroser les plantes, j’ai nourri les animaux et mon mari fait du pain. Je m’amuse de constater que tous les hommes de mon entourage se sont mis à faire du pain depuis le confinement…

Ressentez-vous, comme chacun d’entre nous en cette période de crise mondiale, une nécessité de vous réinventer en tant que femme ou en tant qu’actrice ?
Eh bien, vous savez, c’est inévitable pour chacun d’entre nous, ce sont des mutations auxquelles nous devons faire face depuis des décennies, depuis la révolution industrielle, en schématisant. Depuis, nous acceptons les changements sans trop nous poser de questions. Aujourd’hui, ceux auxquels nous sommes confrontés sont catastrophiques. Cette crise nous oblige donc à faire face à des problèmes préexistants auxquels nous n’avions pas envie de remédier. D’une certaine façon, c’est la nature qui rappelle à notre espèce son obligation d’évoluer. Ainsi, nous remarquons encore plus qu’auparavant les inégalités entre les différentes classes sociales, les populations et les cultures, et cela a tendance à nous diviser davantage. Mais dans le même temps, je remarque aussi beaucoup d’opportunités qui s’offrent à nous. Il suffit de regarder toutes ces initiatives, souvent lumineuses, lancées par des groupes et des individus qui cherchent à vivre différemment. Et ces projets solidaires font boule de neige. Je suis convaincue que le désir de changement est très fort, et qu’il est désormais impossible de revenir en arrière, à notre ancien mode de fonctionnement.

Au cours de ces mois difficiles, avez-vous découvert en vous de nouvelles vertus ?
Au contraire, je dirais plutôt que j’ai découvert beaucoup de vices ! Je n’ai pas particulièrement trouvé de solution ni de remède à mes inquiétudes ou à mes craintes, ni même corrigé quelques mauvaises habitudes qui rythment mon quotidien. La seule leçon de vie, finalement, c’est l’apprentissage de la patience, car, comme la majorité d’entre nous, j’aime avancer vite et beaucoup accomplir dans ma vie et dans mon métier d’actrice. Tous ces mouvements ont évidemment été considérablement freinés. L’énergie de l’autre, le regroupement, le collectif, tout cela me manque beaucoup.

Êtes-vous quand même revenue un peu à la vie normale ? Avez-vous retrouvé le chemin des studios ?
Le retour à la vie normale ne m’intéresse pas du tout ! Comme beaucoup de personnes qui travaillent, et pas forcément dans le cinéma, je cherche surtout à ralentir et à me recentrer sur moi-même… Pour 2020, j’avais décidé de prendre une année sabbatique, notamment pour mon fils aîné qui termine un cursus scolaire et que je souhaitais épauler dans le but d’améliorer son développement personnel. Le confinement n’a fait qu’accentuer cette pause.

Vos projets en cours ont-ils été maintenus ?
Je travaillais avec le réalisateur Guillermo del Toro pour le film Nightmare Alley (un thriller avec Bradley Cooper, NDLR) quand le confinement a été décrété. Rooney Mara (autre actrice du film, NDLR) a accouché de son premier enfant et je suis rentrée chez moi. Je pense que le film doit être au stade de la postproduction. Mais au-delà de l’arrêt des tournages, qui finira par n’être qu’un mauvais souvenir, le vrai challenge, c’est le retour en salles des spectateurs. Je suis obnubilée par cette composante sociale fondamentale sur laquelle repose le cinéma : un film, c’est une histoire projetée sur un grand écran, dans une salle plongée dans le noir, que l’on regarde réunis avec des inconnus, tous ensemble. L’idée, c’est que ce rassemblement, ce cérémonial, est une chose précieuse, une chose qui repousse l’isolement, une chose qu’il faut préserver absolument intacte. Bien sûr, les plateformes de streaming sont incroyables et l’offre proposée toujours plus intéressante et riche, mais je persiste à penser que certaines visions cinématographiques ne se révèlent pleinement que sur grand écran.

En tant que présidente du dernier Festival de Venise, vous avez eu la chance de voir des films en salles…
Oui, mon jury et moi avons vécu ce festival comme dans un rêve, et cela semble aujourd’hui assez surréaliste de constater que beaucoup de salles ne sont toujours pas rouvertes. Je suis extrêmement sensible aux festivals de cinéma, à qui j’apporte un soutien total et actif, car ils sont essentiels dans la vie des films et dans la carrière de réalisateurs émergents. Venise, pour revenir à cette expérience, a représenté à la fois une preuve de solidarité et une leçon d’optimisme réaliste. Je suis ravie que cette édition si particulière ait quand même permis de porter la voix et le point de vue de cinéastes qui n’auraient pas eu cette chance autrement. C’est ce qui a rendu cette expérience si unique.

À Venise, vous avez également montré une autre facette de vous : égérie pour la maison Armani. Selon vous, quelle est la définition d’une muse ?
Je ne peux pas parler à la place de Monsieur Armani. Mais pour moi, une muse sert à atteindre une certaine vision. Il s’agit d’un point de départ, un préalable pour toute inspiration. Mais pour être honnête, je ne m’envisage pas du tout de cette façon. Je n’y pense pas.

Quel est votre lien avec la beauté, en tant qu’actrice et aussi en tant que femme ?
À mon avis, la beauté réside souvent dans cette esthétique japonaise, le wabi-sabi : comment les imperfections, les anomalies, les défauts donnent leur grâce, leur authenticité et leur unicité aux choses. Il m’est assez incompréhensible que l’être humain cherche à gommer ses imperfections au lieu de les travailler ou même de les souligner. Voilà ce qui rend unique, et donc beau. La beauté devrait être, doit être, honnête, sans complexes, et s’enraciner dans la liberté d’être tel que l’on est. Et j’accorde plus de crédit que jamais à la notion de liberté. Bref, la beauté conventionnelle ou uniformisée présente peu d’attraits à mes yeux. Ce qui m’intéresse, c’est de rendre acceptable ou séduisant ce que je possède en moi.

Et d’un œil un peu plus superficiel, quelles sont vos astuces pour devenir la championne des tapis rouges comme vous l’êtes, Cate Blanchett, la star hollywoodienne ?
Je ne vois absolument pas de qui il s’agit. (Elle rit.) Si vous parlez d’une beauté supposée, je vous dirais qu’elle se trouve dans l’œil de celui qui regarde. Je n’aime pas les opinions dominantes, les diktats, et je valorise plus volontiers la différence comme vous l’avez compris. J’évite les réseaux sociaux, je fuis la pensée unique et l’hégémonie du goût mondialisé. Je suis en relation avec beaucoup de créateurs de mode, ces hommes et ces femmes ont des talents infinis, et j’estime avoir beaucoup de chance de porter leurs vêtements. Par ailleurs, même s’il m’arrive d’être un peu nostalgique de mes tapis rouge de l’«ancien monde», j’ai décidé dorénavant de privilégier des tenues que j’ai déjà portées au lieu d’encourager constamment la consommation…

En tant qu’actrice, considérez-vous votre visage et votre corps comme des outils ? À votre avis, quel est votre meilleur atout ?
Mon meilleur atout, c’est ma curiosité. Pour le reste, oui, le visage et le corps sont des outils et des instruments de travail… Pour s’engager dans un rôle, la seule façon d’y parvenir, c’est de s’approprier le corps d’un autre et de s’immerger dans le monde qui l’entoure.

Madame Figaro – December 18th 2020 (Venice Film Festival Photoshoots)

Madame Figaro Scans – December 18th 2020 

Nightmare Alley wraps filming

Nightmare Alley will be released in December 2021. Guillermo del Toro is also putting finishing touches on his other film, Pinocchio, where Cate will voice a character.

UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, Cate Blanchett, encourages people to donate to help refugee families during winter season, and talks a bit about the humanitarian crisis in Yemen

Also, here’s a video of when Cate won Best Supporting Actress in a TV series at 2020 AACTA. There’s no recorded speech from her but she sent a message to her friend and co-creator/producer on Stateless, Elise McCredie which she read.

Source: Madame Figaro, Indiewire

New Interviews with Cate Blanchett
Posted on
Nov 24, 2019

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.


«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.»


«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.»


«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.»


«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…»


«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:


“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.”


“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.”


“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.”


“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 … ”


“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. ”

Source 1

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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New Madame Figaro Outtakes
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New Madame Figaro Outtakes

Some beautiful new outtakes from the Madame Figaro photoshoot, all in High Resolution, including some already posted. And I replaced one of the Sì Promotional photos with a higher quality one