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SK II #ChangeDestiny limited edition reveal in NY – Additional photos + interviews
Posted on
Oct 17, 2017

SK II #ChangeDestiny limited edition reveal in NY – Additional photos + interviews

Last week, Cate attended a press event to launch the new graffiti designed bottles (#YourStatementYourBottle) for SK-II Facial Treatment Essence in New York. Here are more photos and promotional content. Enjoy!



Cate Blanchett Explains the Mystery of How She Seems to Be Aging In Reverse

Cate Blanchett looks better than ever, that’s the bottom line. So when I saw the SK-II Global Brand Ambassador at the launch of the prestige skincare brand’s new Change Destiny Limited Edition series last week in NYC, I decided enough was enough—I had to get answers, because unlike many other people in Hollywood, this Australian darling is definitely aging in reverse. Below, Blanchett and I chat about her skincare secrets, the biggest beauty mistake she is guilty of making, and when she feels sexiest.

So you’ve been the face of SK-II for quite a long time. Why is this partnership such a great fit?

CB: Fifteen years! I tried it, and I was really blown away by just the shift in texture and tone, the brightness of my skin. So I did a little bit more investigating. It was so unusual. A lot of people had serums and liquid moisturizers, but at that time there wasn’t anything like it. So I thought I’ll just stick with this for a while, and I just didn’t look back. What’s fantastic about SK-II Essence is it feels like it penetrates immediately, and you can put it on makeup, put it on under makeup. Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and we put so much garbage on it, and we don’t wash it off properly, and then we wonder why it’s clogged.

What else do you do for glowing skin?

CB: The thing I’ve really started to do is to take vitamins—I’ve noticed a huge change. My nails will never grow, and I’ve been taking these vitamins now for about six months—huge difference.

When do you feel sexiest?

CB: [Laughs]. When do I feel sexiest? When I’m the least self-conscious, I think. It’s often to do with laughter, ‘cause it’s so liberating to have a good laugh—we all lead such stressful lives, and so if you can just release and have a good ol’ gas, I think people … yeah.

What really makes you laugh?

CB: Um. Unfortunately, fart jokes. The humor had to be pretty low. Kristen Wiig makes me laugh. She makes me laugh. And my God, she’s such a great all-around actress. But it’s also—I’m really pathetic—cat memes. Just really stupid shit like that. I was on Ellen, and she had all these things of cats in trucks and—

And that sends you over the edge?

CB: Yeah, children and animals invariably make me laugh.

Your skincare routine right before you go to bed—take me through it. Do you ever go to bed with makeup on, accidentally?

CB: Of course! I did the other night after the premiere. I was so tired, I went, ‘oh, I’ll lie down for five minutes,’ and then you realize it’s six in the morning and you haven’t done it of course. As long as you then pick it up in the morning. In a way, the most steadfast routine that I don’t ever give up is the morning routine. It just becomes second nature to me, like brushing my teeth—which I also do. Very important. Personal hygiene. I have three boys, and it’s really hard to instill personal hygiene in boys.

Why is it so hard with boys? I don’t understand.

CB: Oh my God! It’s like it’s some genetic dysfunction. It’s like just put the fucking toilet seat down! I was thinking ‘where is this coming from,’ and then the other day I was in the bathroom and I said to my husband, “It’s YOU!” and I realized, yeah, it’s by example.

So back to your skincare routine before bed….

CB: Oh yes. So then if I have gone to sleep with my makeup on, I make sure I tone it really well in the morning. But it really is The Essence and the LXP serum and the LXP moisturizer. We live in such artificial environments, and as much as I try not to, the pollutants in the city are so bad. What I love about the moisturizer is that it’s really hydrating. You can put your makeup over it and it’s not shiny. You feel it penetrates immediately. You don’t feel like it cakes onto your skin.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever done on an airplane beauty-wise?

CB: Oh God… I wear the [SK-II] masks. I’m a long haul flight unfortunately a bit more than I’d care for, so I will put two or three on. Like one dries out and you put the next one on. Or I’d put one on, and two hours later put another one on. And I just talk to everyone with them on. I don’t know if that’s weird, but I just, I don’t care. I have no shame. They’ll come around to take your food order, and I’ve just got this mask on [laughs].

What’s one piece of advice you’d give your younger self?

CB: There was a nanosecond where—being Australian, once again—where I thought this summer I’m going to have a tan come hell or high water, and I was on the roof, as white as I am, covered in baby oil. And also, it’s so hard as a teenager, and even into your 20s, your sense of yourself, I mean it always evolves, but you’re so vulnerable to other people’s interpretations and impressions of what you should look like. And I’d say ‘fuck that’ a bit more. And that’s where women can step in and really champion different types of beauty and working what you’ve got. Everyone’s starting to look the same and talk the same, it’s only interesting when we’re all—it’s the melting pot, right? I’d worry about it less. And since discovering this I’ve really worried about it less. Because I just thought ‘I’m set, I’m done, I don’t have to think about that.’ There’s a lot of self-hatred in women. I think I’d eradicate that in myself earlier.

If you’re going through a phase—especially since you travel so much—that you’re feeling rundown, not quite feeling energized and well, what are some things that you do?

CB: I do, sporadically, but I’ve decided I’m going to make myself do it every morning … Apple cider vinegar. A teaspoon of that. It just makes you feel clean—it’s good for your gut. And I have one child that’s had a lot of gut issues, so it’s been a decade of education for me. It’s been kind of a long journey, but it just makes me feel healthier from the inside. You do get used to it. It’s just to make your system more Alkaline. Stress makes it so acidic. Stress ain’t good for nothing. So you’ve got to find those little moments where you can literally just stop and take a breath. Spray some Essence on!

via In Style

Why Cate Blanchett Wants You to Stop Apologizing

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In any case of abuse, silence is not golden—nor is it worth a golden statue named Oscar. Cate Blanchett, who took home an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in The Aviator (a Weinstein film), released a statement to Variety that pledged her allegiance to victims of sexual assault. A few days later at an event celebrating the release of three limited-edition bottles of SK-II Facial Treatment Essence (on shelves at Sephora and Sephora.com October 20) emblazoned with compelling mantras of their own like “Be the person you decide to be,” “Change is in all of us,” and “Destiny is a matter of choice,” the award-winning actress stressed the importance of speaking up, standing together, and overcoming obstacles (whether they be as small as combatting wrinkles or as grandiose as tackling misogyny in the workplace) by joining forces. “It’s so important at this moment in time. When misogyny is now, more than ever, on the rise, that women support and back one another,” Blanchett exclusively told Fashion Unfiltered. “This is not political. We have to put our foot down and make the change. Like you say, it’s 2017, no more apologizing.”

I’m sorry is a phrase uttered by women far too frequently (which for any naysayers out there, is a scientifically proven fact). Instead of wasting our breath on apologies, Blanchett suggests we band together and let out a resounding roar that can’t be ignored. “Talk to other women about it. I think the more honest we are about those problems that we have or the challenges we’re facing, we can positively move forward together,” she said. “I don’t know about you, but I found the Women’s March so utterly inspiring because it was non-political. It was women saying: We have to change the paradigm, we have to change the language around this, and we cannot wait for anyone else to do it, we have to do it ourselves. The more women talk about that stuff and share the challenges of being a woman in the 21st century, and the pressures that we place upon ourselves and are placed upon us by the media, the more we can feel better ourselves.”
And the pressure to stay young and beautiful, but also not showcase our sexuality too overtly for fear that this display could be misinterpreted by others as “asking for it” (at least according to Donna Karan), is certainly a 21st century conundrum. “It takes great courage, particularly in the age of trolling, for women to claim the space to be authentically who they are physically, spiritually, and mentally,” said Blanchett. “In 2017, I find it utterly bewildering that we are still having the conversation about what women should wear, how women should be behave, and what rights women should have. Why are we still being [forced] to defend ourselves?” It’s a good question—one that perhaps we are getting closer to answering as social media movements swirl into a collective storm of empowerment. Instead of saying I’m sorry or labeling another woman a “party girl” who deserved sexual harassment because she was “bad,” as noted by Wood on Twitter, perhaps we could adopt two words that Blanchett has stood by during her career instead. “I have always had a clear bottom line: self-respect,” she explained. “The challenges facing the women working in the film and television industry are the same across all industries.” Regardless of gender, we need to have enough self-respect to blow the whistle loud and proud whether we are a victim, a witness, or merely an advocate for eliminating the “casting couches” that continue to plague generations of women from every walk of life. As the SK-II bottle says, “Change is in all of us.”

via Fashion Unfiltered

Cate Blanchett – SK II #ChangeDestiny limited edition reveal in NY
Posted on
Oct 13, 2017

Cate Blanchett – SK II #ChangeDestiny limited edition reveal in NY

Hello everyone!

Yesterday, Cate attended a press event to launch the new graffiti designed bottles (#YourStatementYourBottle) for SK-II Facial Treatment Essence in New York. The SKII Global Brand Ambassador went to the #ChangeDestiny limited edition reveal wearing a Christopher Kane dress. Here are some images, a video and an article.

Cate Blanchett had just gotten off the redeye from Greenland on Thursday morning, but by 11 a.m., she somehow looked better than most of us do on eight hours of sleep. Seriously, her skin was glowing and her under-eye bags were more or less nonexistent. Though, her travel routine probably has something to do with that.

“I have no shame, as soon as the lights go down on the plane, I put my mask on,” Blanchett, the face of SK-II, said. She mentioned that she’s a big fan of using the brand’s Brightening Derm Revival Mask and the classic Facial Treatment Essence, not caring what her fellow travelers think about her applying a sheet mask in flight.

Blanchett was in New York for the latest launch from SK-II, a limited edition makeover of their iconic Facial Treatment Essence Bottle. The theme of the revamp is Change Destiny, with a major push for positivity, embracing transformations and celebrating your own choices.

The Oscar-winning Australian actress is well-known for her on-screen intensity and effortless professionalism, but her flawless skin deserves some credit, too. She started using SK-II’s products well before she was tapped to be a global ambassador for the brand in 2007, claiming that she’s been devoted to the Essence for at least 15 years.

“I don’t think I could have predicted the positive level of change by simply being loyal to a product for so long,” the 48-year-old actress explained. “I noticed the change in my skin’s texture and tone after about three or four weeks, I thought this was extraordinary—and this was before I was associated with SK-II. So I just decided to stick with it.”


She also might be the most inspirational celeb with a beauty contract, as she’s not afraid to infuse her public appearances with a few reality checks. For example, along with the three positive mantras written on the new SK-II bottles (“Be the Person You Decide to be,” “Change is in All of Us” and “Destiny is a Matter of Choice”), Blanchett joked about adding one more to the range.

“There’s a fourth one that says, ‘We Should All Be Feminists,’” she deadpanned. And when asked about providing advice to women today, she acknowledged the position of which she was speaking from, “as a privileged white woman.”

Blanchett went on to share some words of wisdom, despite not being a big fan of giving advice—she prefers to lead by example.

“I think, particularly at the moment, it would involve [having] self-respect and not being frightened to call things out when they’re not right,” she said. The last part was perhaps in a nod to the current Hollywood scandal, involving allegations of Harvey Weinstein‘s various sexual assaults. Blanchett also endorsed the concept of working with and supporting other women, but not without referencing the current political climate.

“It feels like a very depressing time,” she admitted. “[But] I think it’s actually a very potentially positive time to turn that around. And if we act collectively, we can effect positive change, not just on our own destinies, but our destiny as a species.”

It’s a refreshing change, which is in line with the new SK-II range (arriving at Sephora and Sephora.com on October 20), that a beauty ambassador doesn’t just have to be a pretty talking head; she can take bold stances and share her own beliefs, too.

via Observer
via Pr Consulting Twitter

[Video] Cate Blanchett – Singapore Fashion Week (2015) #SKII
Posted on
Apr 14, 2017

[Video] Cate Blanchett – Singapore Fashion Week (2015) #SKII

Hey everyone!

Another old video has also emerged! It is from 2015 when Cate Blanchett attended the Singapore Fashion Week to promote SK-II. Enjoy the video and the caps below!

Cate_Blanchett FW from Elgin Quek on Vimeo.


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[Video] Behind-the-Scenes with Cate Blanchett – SK-II
Posted on
Apr 14, 2017

[Video] Behind-the-Scenes with Cate Blanchett – SK-II

Hi everyone!

An old behind-the-scenes with Cate Blanchett for SK-II has emerged. The video shows makeup artist Mary Greenwell using SK-II products to create Cate’s flawless look. Enjoy the video and caps below!

Behind-the-Scenes with Cate Blanchett – SK-II-HD from Inma Varandela on Vimeo.


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Posted on
Mar 8, 2016

Cate Blanchett talks about beauty

New interviews from the last SK-II event.

CATE BLANCHETT ON LATE NIGHTS, LEMON WATER, AND LAZY GIRL CLEANSERS

Welcome to My Morning Routine, where natural beauty Cate Blanchett and other good-life gurus share their personal (frequently surprising, often healthy) morning rituals—to help make your a.m.’s more awesome.

Cate Blanchett
Australian, Oscar-winning actress of the silver screen and stage, director, mother of four, SK-II global brand ambassador

I tend to go to bed quite late. I really like that moment when everyone is in bed and it’s silent and I can potter. I tend to have put everything out, done all the lunches and everything the night before. It makes it less stressful in the morning because waking up and yelling at your kids to get in the car is not a particularly nice way to start the day.

I don’t have a lot of time in the morning. I mean, who does? I drink hot water and lemon, which is really virtuous, and then I have a coffee. That’s it—I cleanse and then I tox.

If I’ve had a particularly late night and gone to bed with my makeup on, I wash my face in the morning,but otherwise I just tend to cleanse it at night. When I’m on stage or on a film set, I’ll use the oil-based cleanser [by SK-II], which is really like an eye makeup remover as well—it’s a lazy girl’s cleanser.

I don’t tend to wear makeup in the morning, mostly because I’m lazy and time-poor. I put the essence on, the serum, and the moisturizer, and then if I’m in Australia I put on the UV protect essence. I was out for 15 minutes yesterday in the sun and it’s just so intense. You really do have to put on 50 SPF and you have to walk in the shade.

When I was in high school…I tried [to tan], and covered myself in baby oil and went on our tin roof. My mother one day climbed up the ladder and said, “Just please get down.” And she gave me a big lecture on the fact that my pale skin was actually really beautiful. That was really great because I went, “Okay, I’m not going to do that.”

[Mine is] a pretty straightforward [beauty] regimen. It’s a bit like when you drive home and you can’t remember how you got there. My skin care is like that.

via Well and Good

Cate Blanchett: ‘Skincare Is Your Canvas’

Praising someone for her consistency may seem like an odd compliment, but it makes sense when it comes to Cate Blanchett. She always looks incredible (perhaps even better in her mid-40s than in her 20s) and has been perpetually recognized for her talent over a  25-year-plus career — her Best Actress nod for Carol at this year’s Academy Awards was her seventh Oscar nomination, and she’s already won two.

When it comes to her skin, at least, Blanchett credits her glow to a dedicated use of SK-II products, and has been an ambassador of the Japanese brand for 15 years. “I don’t experiment with skincare, because that’s kind of your canvas, in a way,” she told Yahoo Beauty, just as SK-II launches its new RNA (Radical New Age) collection. Here, the blue-eyed Australian beauty discusses red-carpet prep and her early years spent playing dress-up and slathering on baby oil, as well as her present role as a conscientious and busy mom of four.

Were you interested in beauty from a young age?

I don’t know if it was beauty per se. I was interested in change. My sister and I used to play this game where she would dress me up and I’d stand in front of the mirror — I’d sort of inhabit the costume she’d give me — and then we would give it a name and make a story up. So I was interested in how clothes or makeup [could change you]. Like, I always used to steal my mum’s and I put makeup on to make my face look different. It was more clown-like.

What were the beauty standards as you came of age in Australia?

When I was in high school it was that bronzed sort of beach bunny thing. I tried [to tan], I tried, and then covered myself in baby oil and went on the top of our tin roof. My mother one day just climbed up the ladder and said, “Please get down.” She gave me a big lecture on the fact that my pale skin was actually really beautiful, and why was I trying to be like all the other girls. That was really great because I went, OK, I’m not going to do that.

Did she give you lots of other beauty advice?

I think just by example. She was very no-fuss and quite individual in her looks. She was never trying to look like anybody else, and she always moisturized. You do look up to your mother, and I think you tend to imitate those things. It wasn’t that she lectured me, I think I just naturally followed in that.

Now you have your own daughter, in addition to your three boys. Since you’re so educated about skincare, are you extra conscious about what you use on them, your daughter in particular?

I’ve started her on SK-II! I mean, she’s 14 months, but you’ve gotta start them soon! [Laughs] No, no. I might wait til she’s 14. But all my children have — I think most children do — really beautiful skin. You know, you hold a baby and they’re so soft. But you do worry with a girl. Like the other day she tripped and had a little graze on her top lip, and you go, “Oh my god! It’s going to scar!” [Laughs] I’m super, super conscious about the kids’ skin. I think it’s because of growing up in Australia where the sun is so strong. My mother was very conscious of our skin, you know with sunscreen and the incidence of skin cancer so [high]. You really do have to put on 50 and you have to walk in the shade.

Speaking of SPF, do you wear it every day? What products do you use every morning?

I put the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence on, the LXP serum and the moisturizer, and then if I’m in Australia I put on the Facial Treatment UV protection. If I’ve had a particularly late night and gone to bed with my makeup on, I wash my face in the morning, but otherwise I just tend to cleanse it at night.

With something like the Oscars, do you get excited about planning out your look — not just the gown, but your hair and makeup?

Yeah. I work with people I like and respect and who have got really interesting ideas. It feels similar to working with my sister in front of the mirror, saying, “What are we gonna do? Oh, if I put that on I can be blah blah blah.” It feels fun, you know? I feel that there’s a lot of talk about who’s going to wear what, and you gotta remember you’re there because of your work and the rest of it’s just the fun bit. So yeah, I find it fun. I don’t take it too seriously.

When it comes to your film or stage roles, do you feel the hair and makeup really affects how you embody the character?

Oh god, yeah. Of course. Particularly in film. You look at Hail, Caesar!, and those masks are really thick, and then you look at a film likeBrooklyn and the masks are very thin. It depends on the requirement of the film, the genre that you’re in. But definitely it’s the conversation with the costume designer and the hair and makeup people where you start to simultaneously think about the character from the inside out and the outside in. I really love that collaboration with the hair and makeup team. As soon as you walk onto a bare stage dressed a certain way an audience will read meaning — before you open your mouth, before you make a gesture. It’s very powerful and you want to harness that. To be able to work with hair and makeup, yeah, that’s a big part of the process.

What has been your favorite role, beauty-wise, so far?

They’ve all been quite different. I relish playing the version of Bob Dylan. And I also loved playing Elizabeth I, especially the first time around, because we charted the hair and makeup journey, the visual journey, as much as the emotional, psychological, vocal journey. I really enjoyed that process, just those little sort of incremental changes.

Are you adventurous with beauty in real life?

I’m not. I don’t experiment with skincare, because that’s kind of your canvas, in a way. It’s also the biggest organ on your body, so I don’t want to be putting garbage into my skin. So that is unchanging, unwavering, and has been, basically, ever since I discovered SK-II all those years ago — god, 15 years ago. In terms of different colors or whatever, I will go far out as is needed, as left of center as is needed, for a role. But I probably tend to be more adventurous with what I wear than the makeup.

You’re promoting SK-II’s #ChangeDestiny campaign, which is about realizing you can make changes in your life as well as skin. What have been some of the changes you’ve experienced?

It’s often like that stop-motion photography, like the opening of a flower: if you were to sit there you’d fall asleep, you wouldn’t see the change. I think you get so photographed or you make films, which is a horrible, indelible documenting of the aging process. I actually think my skin — it sounds ridiculous — but it’s in a better condition than it was 20 years ago. It’s more consistent. Frankly, I think about it less. You know, people didn’t comment on my skin in my early 20s, they started commenting on my skin when I was my early 30s, and that’s when I had been using SK-II for a few years. So I can’t ignore that.

via Yahoo

Just in: Cate Blanchett shares her beauty secrets to amazing skin

Does Cate Blanchett’s pre-red carpet and daily beauty routine differ? We finally know now!

It’s no secret that multi-award winning actress and theatre director Cate Blanchett’s glowing (and near-perfect) skin is perhaps one of the most covetable in Hollywood. Having been the spokesperson and global ambassador of SK-II for more than a decade now, the talented actress shares her beauty secrets with us via Google Hangouts at the recent SK-II #ChangeDestiny forum in Los Angeles.

What kind of makeup is your go-to on the red carpet?

“When it comes to makeup I will go with a strong eye and soft lip or conversely a strong lip and a softer eye. This I think always looks balanced.”

What is your beauty routine before Oscars? Are there any differences when comparing with daily beauty routine?

“Three to four days before the big day I will supplement my usual skincare routine with SK-II Facial Treatment Mask in the mornings if I have the time. But usually I do it often at night when I am just about to go to bed though. I have recently found that using the SK-II Facial Treatment Oil helps to keep my skin hydrated for a long period of time. Just a few spritzes of the SK-II Miracle Mid-Day Essence helps to top it up.”
“On the day of a red carpet event, it is all of the above and then the SK-II LxP rangewhich I have been using for a long time now. I feel that SK-II has kept my skin in good condition so I really don’t need to mix my regimen up too much.”

Is there one product that has changed your skin and destiny?

“SK-II Facial Treatment Essence. I have been enjoying this product as part of my skincare journey for 15 years. It is simply the elixir of translucent skin.”

Can you share when was the biggest moment or experience you’ve “changed your destiny”? 

“There is no single moment that has changed my destiny. Rather it is the sum of many serendipitous moments: Meeting my husband, having children, working in the theatre, making movies, moving countries, travelling, reading a novel or play. It is the sum of all these things that ultimately changes one’s destiny. It is the small, imperceptible choices we make that can often have the most significant impact on our lives.”

Can you also share your personal thoughts about SK-II’s philosophy to empower women to bring out her true best self and the #changedestiny campaign?

“For me, the most impactful message of the #changedestiny campaign is that it is not only the big decisions that one makes in life, but the small moments that can impact the most profound change. It may be in the form of rejection that inspires you to seek an alternate path. It may be in the form of reading an article that gets you to think differently or challenges you to follow a different course. This to me, is what changing one’s destiny is about.”

What does #changedestiny personally mean to you?

“Change Destiny for me is always to be authentic and follow my heart. There are moments in life where people are telling you to do things, that you may not agree with and for me, it is following my authentic self that has seen the most benefits.”

Do you have any red carpet do’s or don’ts?

“Being on the red carpet is the ‘fun’ element of my work and I don’t take it too seriously. Of course, I like to take risks with fashion but that is my personal philosophy in that I appreciate design and I am dressing for myself, I am not dressing for others.”

What are your favourite products as of now?

“I have been using SK-II now for fifteen years, so over the course of that time, my product choice has varied but it has always been under-pinned with SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, which to me is my ‘desert island’ skincare product. Well that, and a good SPF protection. Currently I am using the LxP Range and find that for my skin, the infusion of concentrated Pitera works very well.”

“When travelling on flights, or if I have a red carpet event, I always have a SK-II Facial Treatment Mask prior to putting on makeup as this hydrates the skin in readiness for all the scrutiny of high-definition cameras. The SK-II Genoptics Aura Essence has been a new addition to my regimen to help brighten my skin tone. I have also been using the SK-II Facial Treatment Oil recently and I am very impressed with the results. I find it to be very hydrating and helps to keep my skin dewy.”

As one of the world’s top leading actresses, which role that you have represented you think changed your destiny the most?

“I think the role of Elizabeth (1998). It was a pivotal role with that particular character and also the strong pedigree of actors associated with it. I will always have a place in my heart for Elizabeth and the people that believed I could do her justice.”

via Buro 24/7

Recent interviews
Posted on
Mar 6, 2016

Recent interviews

Hello everyone! Another interview from the SK-II #changedestiny event in LA, introduced by an quick meeting behind the scenes of the last Academy Awards (click on the image below to open the video)



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And a new press junket interview from the Japanese promotion of Carol


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An interview from France via Closer Mag

CATE BLANCHETT : “ETRE PERSÉCUTÉ JUSTE CAR ON EST ATTIRÉ PAR UNE PERSONNE DU MÊME SEXE, C’EST UNE ABERRATION”

Malgré le succès, la magnifique actrice australienne arrive à tout concilier : carrière, mari, enfants… A l’occasion de la sortie du film “Carol”, qui raconte l’histoire d’amour entre une bourgeoise et une jeune employée d’un magasin, Cate Blanchett se confie à “Closer”.

Pourquoi avez-vous souhaité tourner un film sur le thème d’une femme tombant amoureuse d’une autre femme ?

Cate Blanchett : J’ai accepté ce film sans penser au sexe des deux personnages et en pensant encore moins au thème qui, de nos jours encore, peut être controversé. J’ai simplement trouvé intéressante l’histoire de ces deux êtres humains qui se rapprochent alors que tout les sépare : la différence d’âge, la catégorie sociale… Ce n’est pas réellement une histoire d’amour entre deux femmes, mais plutôt une histoire de désir et d’attirance entre deux personnes qui éprouvent de l’admiration l’une pour l’autre.

Avez-vous l’impression que les mentalités ont évolué sur l’homosexualité ?

Oui, heureusement. Mais ce n’est pas suffisant. Il y a encore beaucoup de tabous concernant l’homosexualité, sans parler de l’injustice et de l’hypocrisie ambiantes. Enormément de travail reste à faire. Si j’ai fait ce film, c’est aussi pour montrer à quel point il était difficile d’être différent dans les années 1950. Etre persécuté, arrêté par la police juste parce qu’on est attiré par une personne du même sexe, c’est une aberration sans nom !

Hormis l’injustice et l’hypocrisie, qu’est-ce qui vous irrite le plus dans la vie ?

Je suis effarée par le manque de responsabilité de nombreuses personnes face à la protection de notre environnement. Quand on est mère de famille, c’est tout de même un devoir de se battre contre la pollution et d’aider nos enfants à vivre dans un environnement plus sain et moins pollué ! J’ai la chance d’avoir un mari également très impliqué dans la protection de notre planète.

Quelles actions entreprenez-vous ensemble ?

Avec mon époux, nous avons rejoint l’organisation créée par Al Gore, Climate Reality Project, qui nous aide à mieux comprendre les changements climatiques. Maintenant que je suis impliquée et investie, je me sens plus utile. J’ai au moins l’impression d’œuvrer, même modestement, pour vivre dans un environnement plus propre.

Vous semblez toujours très complice avec votre mari…

Je me sens extrêmement chanceuse d’avoir rencontré l’âme sœur. Je suis d’autant plus heureuse que j’ai croisé mon mari au bon moment. Nous avons une belle relation et nous essayons de respecter les envies et les intérêts de l’un et de l’autre.

Quel est le secret de la longévité de votre relation ?

Je crois que c’est parce que nous sommes très complémentaires. Il n’y a aucune rivalité. Ce qui fait la force de notre couple, c’est le respect mutuel et surtout la tendresse. Mon mari me fait tout le temps rire ! Et c’est d’ailleurs pour ça que je tombe encore régulièrement amoureuse de lui !

Parlez-nous de la récente adoption d’Edith, 10 mois…

Nous n’avons pas pris cette décision sur un coup de tête. Depuis le début de notre histoire, nous avons toujours évoqué la possibilité d’adopter un jour. Et puis, nous avons eu des enfants [Ignatius, 7 ans, Roman, 11 ans, et Dashiell, 14 ans, NDLR]. Le temps a passé, et nous étions enfin prêts à entamer une procédure d’adoption. Mener à terme ce projet, qui s’est révélé compliqué et délicat, était important pour nous. J’ai, par ailleurs, un profond respect pour l’association Adopt Change, fondée par Deborra-Lee Furness [l’épouse de l’acteur Hugh Jackman, NDLR]. Elle permet de garder le lien entre les mères, les parents adoptifs et surtout les enfants, dans le respect de chacun.

Allez-vous être une mère différente maintenant que vous avez une fille ?

Non, je ne pense pas l’éduquer différemment de mes garçons. Mais je peux vous dire que c’est extraordinaire de regarder mes fils s’occuper de leur petite sœur. Je suis comblée, heureuse et fière d’avoir une famille aussi unie.

Est-il vrai que vous souhaitez adopter d’autres enfants ?

Je crois que nous avons clos ce chapitre.

Comment faites-vous pour gérer aussi bien votre carrière et votre vie familiale ?

J’essaie de lister mes priorités et, surtout, de prendre du temps pour moi. Mon refuge, c’est la méditation et les activités physiques. C’est important de s’occuper des autres, mais c’est aussi primordial de prendre soin de soi !

Cette interview a été publiée dans le Closer n°553

5 CHOSES QU’ON NE SAIT PAS SUR CATE BLANCHETT

1. A 15 ans, elle s’est rasé la tête. Un changement de look qui a failli lui coûter son job dans une maison de retraite.

2. Elle aurait aimé être architecte, bien qu’elle admette que “cela aurait tout de même été un désastre”.

3. L’actrice adore faire la liste de choses à faire, et les barrer une fois faites.

4. Pas très sexy ! Elle a gardé les sous-vêtements que sa mère lui confectionnait au lycée. “Je ne sais pas quoi acheter quand je me rends dans un rayon lingerie.”

5. Son mari l’a demandée en mariage un mois seulement après leur premier rendez-vous.

And a new interview to promote Truth via The Belfast Telegraph

Several years ago, I worked with a New York-based TV producer, a friend of Mary Mapes, the CBS News producer Cate Blanchett plays in Truth. I asked her if, rather than barrelling back and forth in search of stories, she wouldn’t prefer the cosy milieu of celebrity interviews. She looked at me with horror. “Not a chance,” she said. “That would be so controlled, run by PR people and studios, you’d never get the truth.”

As I watch Cate Blanchett get escorted into a hotel room for another round of junket interviews, I can’t help wondering what the fearless Mary Mapes would have said if they could see her being carefully doled out in one-question portions: the minimum access for the maximum promo.

“It’s frustrating for all of us,” Cate agrees. “Maybe if you were going to write a 10-page feature on me we’d be talking for more than a few minutes, but then who’d read that? There is a complex set of questions that this film raises and you might like to write about those, or you might like to write about, you know, how many wrinkles Robert Redford has.”

This was in reference to an earlier query by a Spanish journalist, who, to the horror of all present, asked Cate: “Do you not think Robert Redford is a bit old to play Dan Rather?”

If Hollywood’s publicity machine has no idea how to deal with journalists and their preposterous questions, Hollywood itself certainly loves to portray them on screen. Two of the biggest films of the year so far have lionised hackery: Spotlight, which deals with the Boston Globe’s investigation into clerical child abuse, and Truth, Cate’s second outing as a journalist (the first, of course, was Veronica Guerin).

It depicts the CBS News investigation that claimed to show that George W Bush received preferential treatment in being allowed to enlist in the Texas Air National Guard, thus avoiding Vietnam.

Despite Cate’s typically excellent performance and good reviews, it has been overshadowed somewhat. Spotlight easily eclipsed it as journalism movie of the year at the box office and at the Oscars, where it won the Best Picture award. Blanchett had been nominated for an Oscar for her performance in Carol.

Her role in Truth is interesting because of the parallels between Mapes’s story and Cate’s life. Much of the action in the film centres around the veracity of military service records in Texas. Cate’s father, Robert, was a US Navy officer from Texas, who later moved to Australia, where he worked as an advertising executive and met Cate’s mother June.

In Truth we are shown how the journalist’s fractious relationship with her father colours her future career motivations – he never let her ask questions, so she ends up doing just that professionally.

Growing up in Australia, Cate had to deal with the loss of her father, who died from a heart attack. Her mother was left to raise three children alone.

“If you read Mary’s memoir, her relationship with her father is a part of her upbringing. Any event in childhood has an enormous impact on who you are. I don’t sit around referencing [her own father’s death] in my life as the singular moment of grief, but I think it gave me a well-honed sense of empathy because of seeing my mother and what she went through.”

In her teens she went travelling and ended up in Cairo, where she took a bit part in a movie in exchange for five Egyptian pounds. A passion wasn’t quite born, exactly, but back in Australia she enrolled at drama school and decided to develop her talents. While still a student she won a reputation for herself as a formidable stage actress, until her film breakthrough, the titular role in Elizabeth, won her a Bafta and she was on her way.

Since then, she has hardly put a foot wrong, mixing arthouse work with multiplex behemoths. She won her first Oscar for her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator, and her second for her role in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine.

Cate says she has focused on the acting process rather than the commercial outcomes. “When too many people who run creative organisations are interested in money rather than content, you have them believing things like, ‘we can’t cast this person because they don’t have enough Instagram followers’. When I was starting out there was a sense that if an actress wore a certain dress she’d be more likely to win a role.”

In her twenties, she met the Australian playwright Andrew Upton. He proposed within weeks of meeting her. They now have three sons, along with baby Edith, whom they adopted last year. Motherhood has not slowed her career. It was reported last year that, collectively, her films have made nearly a billion dollars. She is still the only foreign actress ever to do a believable Irish accent, playing Veronica Guerin, the former crime correspondent with the Sunday Independent, who was murdered in 1996.

“I didn’t think about Veronica, to be honest, when playing Mary, they’re quite different characters,” she tells me. “They had quite different relationships with the organisations they were working for, but they were both outsiders. I had the impression Veronica operated much more as a lone wolf, whereas Mary is a collaborator. They were both women operating within a man’s world and they shared a distaste for hypocrisy.”

And as we get ready to wrap up she tells me her latest subject believed it was possible for ‘real’ journalists to do celebrity interviews too – as long as they were done the right way.

“She also said she enjoyed interviewing George Clooney. But I think she had a long-held belief that journalism is about providing a service.”

Hear, hear.

Oscars 2016: Behind the scenes with SK-II #changedestiny
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Oscars 2016: Behind the scenes with SK-II #changedestiny

SK-II present us the first official images from their last project with Cate Blanchett: behind the scenes of the 88th Academy Awards! I’ve also added the screencaptures from the video I posted few hours ago.


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New interviews from SK-II #changedestiny event

Two new interviews: Cate Blanchett talks about SK-II, Carol, Oscars and more!

Cate Blanchett Knows You’re Zooming in on Her Pores and She’s Cool with It

At a recent event to celebrate the launch of SK-II’s new line, Cate Blanchett apologizes for having a head cold. She can’t shake anyone’s hand and she’s sniffling, but even still the actress looks *flawless*—something she attributes in part to her consistent use of SK-II’s products. As the brand’s Global Ambassador, Blanchett is participating in SK-II’s new #ChangeDestiny campaign, which is meant to empower women around the world to affect their own circumstances. We spoke with the actress about her skincare preparation around the awards weekend, her Oscar-nominated acting work in Carol, and why Hollywood still needs to solve its gender problem.

Marie Claire: Is there any sense of relief that awards season is coming to an end?

Cate Blanchett: Yeah. I do tend to move on anyway. This is a part of my life, but it doesn’t rule my life. So I dip in and out.

MC: What sort of preparation do you do for a big awards show like the Oscars?

CB: Well, this SK-II skincare. I happen to have it here! Look, it does seem convenient, but it works. And sleep. Often with these things—because I don’t live here—I fly in the morning of. But this time I had to do a little bit of work. So I’ve had the gracious moment of having a little bit of space around the event this year. But I try and sleep.

MC: You’ve flown in the morning of the Oscars?

CB: Yeah! I have children. I’ve also left the night of. There was once where I was nominated and I was in a play in Sydney and left straight after the performance. When I got in, because you gain time, a bit like Dr. Who and the Tardis, I went straight to the theater and to the stage.

MC: Do you have a ritual or a superstition you follow before an awards show?

CB: I’m not a particularly superstitious person. I started off being one when I started onstage and I thought, I’m going to end up in a mental institution if I do this. Because I can become really really OCD. But in the lead up, if I know I’ve got a couple of events coming up or making a film, I prep. You do get scrutinized in the digital age. You know they’re zooming in on every pore, which you’ve got to forget about. And I do forget about it because I feel my skin’s in good shape. I’m the age I am, but my skin is in pretty good condition because I’ve been consistent with my skincare. I’ll use the facial treatment masks before an event and have a bath, because anything you can do to relax. When you walk that red carpet it’s big so anything you can do to feel relaxed in those environments.

MC: What do you like about the concept behind SK-II’s #ChangeDestiny campaign?

CB: I think often women can feel isolated and feel like they get into a rut and don’t quite know how to get out of it. So the message behind it is that feeling of self-empowerment, working with what you’ve got and doing the best you can. And that’s why the Internet is so fantastic and launching an idea like this on the Internet is so great, because there is a network. You can hear other people’s experiences, people who you think, Well, they’re successful in their career. You realize, in fact, there’s a road of doubt. There’s many many forks in the road, many failures, many moments of despair along that way. I feel like right now I’m at a fork in the road.

MC: You do?

CB: Yeah, you think, Well, what is my next challenge? Do I keep moving down the path that looks safe and obvious, or do I go down that path that looks slightly more murky and scary? And I think I’ll probably go down that murky, scary path of unemployment. I do like that message of self-empowerment.

MC: What’s a struggle you’ve personally overcome?

CB: I think you need to have a healthy sense of doubt because I think doubt leads to inquiry. Inquiry and curiosity is really important in any profession, but definitely in what I do. And in parallel you also need to be confident enough to try things. So it’s a tricky thing sometimes to balance those two states.

MC: Why did you want to work with director Todd Haynes again on Carol? It’s such a different role than when you played Bob Dylan in I’m Not There.

CB: That speaks to his love of what actors can do. He asks actors to such interesting things and so when you’re asked to do something interesting and you’re not asked to do the same old stuff, then actors lap that up. I certainly do. He’s such an influential filmmaker. I do find it bewildering that the costumes, two actresses, the cinematography, the screenplay, the score were nominated on Sunday, but Todd hasn’t been. And without him there would be no film.

MC: Do you think Carol failed to get a Best Picture nomination because it feels like a more feminine film than some of the others?

CB: Yes.

MC: Did you learn anything about your own womanhood making the film?

CB: I never really think about my gender, first and foremost—until a door is closed to you. Until you can see a parallel opportunity with a man in a similar place in his career and you think, That opportunity is not open to me or my fellow actresses. That’s interesting. But I don’t think about myself with gender first and foremost. So I didn’t think of Carol as being first and foremost a gay woman. I thought about her as being a woman who was experiencing a volcanic love that was forbidden, a la Romeo and Juliet. Whenever I play a role, whether it’s onstage or screen, I’m always interested in points of difference. If there’s any similarities or anything I can take away I think that happens inadvertently. But I did think a lot about Patricia Highsmith and how personal the book The Price of Salt was to her and that it was written under a pseudonym and the difference for a gay man, which of course homosexuality was illegal at the time the film was set. There wasn’t even a name for Sapphic love between women at the time. It was more considered hysteria. It wasn’t even accorded the status of being illegal. You were simply put on pills or given electroshock therapy. So I did think about the incredible bravery and sacrifice that Carol had to make.

MC: Last year Hollywood started to address the gender pay gap. What is the next big female issue they should tackle?

CB: Oh, the pay gap is still there! The thing is that these things are not fashionable. The lack of racial diversity and gender diversity and the lack of female directors—those are not fashionable issues. And they’re not issues that reside solely within the film industry. It’s a pandemic. Any industry loses its innovation and loses its access to creative juices if you don’t have progressive thinking and diversity. There’s a group that’s all about raising gender diversity on company boards. If you don’t have people at the top making progressive decisions, and thinking about their audiences—we’re 50 percent of the population watching film. This is the thing too about Carol. There’s still somehow this conservative thinking that it’s a woman’s film, but there’s lot of men who’ve gone to see it and been so moved by it. It speaks to the human experience and it’s an impeccably made film by Todd Haynes. Period. Like, I would go and see The Danish Girland I don’t think that because there’s a man in it it’s somehow a man’s film. Or I don’t look at Mad Max and think it’s a man film. But somehow there’s this trench before people will pick up the DVD and watch Carol. It’s just lazy thinking and lazy thinking is not creative or productive.

MC: Are you looking to direct films?

CB: I have in the theater. I’d love to eventually, but I also have four children and my husband has a career and directing does take a lot of time and preparation. But I would certainly love to see more female directors recognized at the Academy Awards.

via Marie Claire

Cate Blanchett Talks Red Carpet Beauty and Dates With Destiny

With her new short hair look and dreamy Armani Privé gown, Cate Blanchett owned the red carpet at last night’s Academy Awards. For Oscar night, makeup artist Jeanine Lobell laid the foundation for Blanchett’s ethereal realness by layering SK-II’s new super-charged R.N.A. Power Radical New Age Essence and R.N.A. Power Radical New Age Cream to bring her skin to life. “I started using SK-II when I was pregnant with my first child, who is now 14, so I’ve been using it for 15 years very consistently,” Blanchett tells me when we meet before Oscars night. “Obviously, if I’m going out, I’ll use the facial treatment masks or the facial treatment oil, but my routine doesn’t change very much.” Here, the Carol star discusses confidence and getting past the pressure to look a certain way on the red carpet.

WHAT’S YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE IN REAL LIFE?

In my life, I get thrown a lot of stuff—stuff that says, ‘This is the product that is going to change your life!’ That’s the stuff I tend to ignore because SK-II has worked for me so well. The new products have an amplified amount of Pitera. My feeling is that they’re going to the root of my skin and working on a deeper level than a lot of moisturizers.

WHAT IS YOUR ATTITUDE TOWARD BEAUTY IN GENERAL?

It’s less is more. The less one can think about oneself the more interesting and attractive one becomes. If you think about Audrey Hepburn, I think she became more beautiful when she stopped being an actress and started working with humanitarian campaigns. The more engaged you can become the more you can shed your self-consciousness.

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU DON’T FEEL SO BEAUTIFUL?

I don’t think about being beautiful or not being beautiful. I think my kids are beautiful. It’s more about feeling confident inside your own skin really and thinking about yourself as little as possible. Every single pore—not on the men, but on the women—is scrutinized, so I am really grateful that I feel very confident in my own skin. I am the age that I am and I am trying to do the best with what I got. I’m not dressing for anyone else. I don’t really subscribe to other people’s idea of what is beautiful. I just want to feel good.

WHEN IT COMES TO A BIG EVENT LIKE THE OSCARS, WHAT’S YOUR GETTING READY RITUAL LIKE?

Take a bath. Have a massage. Put on a facial mask and lie down. I am watching Making a Murderer, which is a very cheery thing to watch on the day of the Oscars, but I’ve got to finish it! That’s probably what I’m going to do on Sunday morning. But it’s like New Year’s Eve. If you over plan New Year’s Eve it’s going to be a disaster so you have to be alive to changes.

SPEAKING OF BEING ALIVE TO CHANGES, AND YOU’RE HERE FOR THE SK-II CHANGE DESTINY FORUM TODAY, DO YOU BELIEVE IN DESTINY?

The notion of fate and destiny is a very Greek concept. Working in the theater you do think a lot about that, because as a storyteller you do think, ‘At what point was this always going to happen and what part have I got a hand in being able to change things?’ I’m not a big believer in linear paths. I would always have these sort of five-year plans and think, ‘Ok, I wouldn’t mind to try to get here in five years.’ I remember when I was 26. My father died when I was young and my mother didn’t have a lot of money, so I thought, ‘I want to own a flat by the time I’m 26.’ So I worked towards that, literally trying to scrimp and save. But sometimes those plans don’t go as you expect.

DO YOU THINK THOSE MOMENTS ARE ALWAYS  LIFE’S CROSSROADS OR CAN IT BE IN A SIMPLE CHOICE LIKE TAKING A DIFFERENT ROUTE TO WORK?

I think so. My husband jokes that when I’m driving in London I’ll always say, ‘We haven’t been down this road!’ Literally and metaphorically, I will always do that. And it doesn’t always work, you know? So you have to go ‘Well, that didn’t work,’ but you don’t beat yourself up about it because you don’t learn a lot by success. You learn an enormous lot through failure. It’s not that one tries to fail but they’re the bits that I find useful—confronting but useful!

ARE THERE MOMENTS THAT HAVE CHANGED YOUR DESTINY?

Certainly meeting my husband and leaping off together into that unknown place that is marriage. And deciding to run the theater company. Also, I feel like I’m at a fork at the road at the moment. I think ‘What’s the next challenge for me?’ I can continue to do this thing called acting or are there other adventures alive to me? So I’m kind of looking for those.

via Elle