New promotional interviews for SK-II
Posted on
Oct 22, 2017

New promotional interviews for SK-II

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Some new photos and promotional interviews with Cate. Enjoy!

Cate Blanchett Shares the Most Important Way to Stay Sane in Today’s Climate

“Cate, this is Aubrey with Byrdie.”

That’s how I was introduced to actress Cate Blanchett. Normally, I would’ve let it go; it’s easier to just go with it than constantly correct the vast number of people who get my name wrong. But because I was about to talk to Blanchett one-on-one and hoped to have a meaningful and memorable conversation, I had to let her know that Aubrey was not my name.

“Actually, my name is Audrey, but I get Aubrey all the time,” I said.
“Really?” she asked. “But Audrey is such a common name.”

I shrug and took pleasure in the fact that I wasn’t the only one confused by this. It’s weird something so minute can make me strongly feel a certain way. But it makes sense. Language and assigning a word to something or someone have the ability to change moods and, on a much larger scale, start revolutions.

I met with Blanchett in a back room after she had just finished hosting the launch event of SK-II’s new Change Destiny limited-edition series. The skincare brand is repackaging its hero product, the facial essence, in white bottles with three different mantras written in blue and pink graffiti: “Be the Person You DECIDE to be,” “CHANGE is in All of Us,” and “DESTINY is a Matter of Choice.”

She told the crowd that the positive messages on the bottles act as morning and evening mantras, a way to both start and end your day on a positive note. Given how crazy things currently are all over the world, everyone is in desperate need of a little positivity. “Language is powerful,” she said. “The more that women can talk about these things, the more change can happen.”

Now, more than ever, are we looking at how we discuss controversial topics. Take the word “anti-aging.” It’s become a such divisive term that some publications have gone as far as banning the use of the word completely. “The notion of anti-aging seems kind of like a ridiculous attempt because it’s impossible. Shakespeare wrote ‘All that lives must die, passing through nature to eternity.’ [Aging] happens,” she says. “What I love [is] the notion of embracing change and championing it. If you don’t continue to evolve, then you don’t grow. Change is growth, and I mean positive change, intelligent change.”

The idea isn’t really about getting rid of certain terms, but rather practicing habits that are good for our bodies and our minds.

“I always try to do a little bit of exercise, whatever makes you feel good about yourself. Try to do five minutes extra of that a day,” she says. “It’s also just a thing of practicing gratitude. Take five seconds to say ‘Wow, I’m healthy today’ or ‘What a great breakfast.’ It’s to acknowledge the good things that happen. We’re so busy focusing on the negative a lot, and there’s a lot of negative.”

The beauty industry is also at an interesting crossroads. Beauty plays a pivotal role in how we deal with inclusion and equality in general. How beauty is defined and what a normal standard even is are no longer a discussion limited to its main demographic, women. It needs to be a discussion that involves everyone if we want to see any real change.

“We focus on how girls feel. But it’s also about how men relate to women,” she says. “You can talk until you’re blue in the face to your children, but it’s about how you conduct yourself in the world. You cannot tell them to put their iPads away if you’re spending all of your time on your tablet yourself. If your [children’s] male role model is disrespecting the women in the house, you can’t expect them to [respect women].”

Assigning gender also does more harm than good. “I never thought about my gender until someone else brought it to my attention, and it was usually because my gender was preventing me from doing something. Raising boys I never thought about how boys have to do certain things, or having a girl I never thought I have to do something different. People always say to me, ‘How does it feel to have a daughter now?’ [I think] Um, she’s my fourth child.”

But just as words have the power to constrict and put someone in a box, they have the power to free people as well. “Women put a lot of pressure on themselves. We put pressure on each other and society puts pressure on us,” she says. “I read a Maria Sample book recently called Today Will Be Different, and I sort of think today I’m going to be better and kinder, etc.”

Talking with Blanchett made me realize when we change what we tell ourselves and change the way think into something more positive, that’s when we really are our most beautiful selves.

“It’s like when people look at themselves when they’re laughing or something in a selfie. You look at yourself [and think] Oh my god all those wrinkles—that’s what my face looks like. But your friends love that picture because it’s capturing your spirit. I think in the end, it’s peoples spirits that make them attractive or unattractive, and that’s the bit we’re not really feeling. We’re not feeling our brains, we’re not feeling our spirits. We’re thinking about the externals too much,” she said.

While it may be a difficult time to be a woman, the power in our words and discussions is the one thing uniting us and making us stronger.

“We fuck up and we fail all the time. You used to sort of feel like you didn’t want to admit your failures, because you only had one opportunity,” she said. “But now I think women are much more open about the challenges that they’ve had, and I think it’s empowering to other women as well. Like, ‘Wow you’ve had that experience as well even though you’re working in a completely different industry’ [or] ‘Wow that’s just like what I had.’ You don’t feel so isolated.”

As we wrapped things up, she asked me if I had seen Eminem’s latest freestyle rap. I told her I hadn’t and she told me I had to watch the video when I had time. “It’s really cool,” she said. “It’s really powerful.”
I watched the video immediately when I got back to the office. My takeaway: words, when used for good, are a truly beautiful thing.

via Byrdie


She sure showed them. We spoke to the actress about aging, being typecast, and why she won’t walk the red carpet makeup-free (yet).

I’ll be honest: I really thought I “knew” Cate Blanchett, even before meeting her. To me, she was a very serious actress, with very serious roles under her belt: Elizabeth I in Elizabeth, Carol Aird in Carol, even the evil stepmother in Cinderella. Her style was flawless, her face (as confirmed by other editors) was poreless, and her blond bob has been my ultimate hair envy for years.

That’s exactly why I was so surprised when, after nervously complimenting her pink Christopher Kane dress at an SK-II event, Blanchett turned to me, laughed, and suggested not coming near her with an open flame—the dress’s material could easily catch on fire.

“Whoa,” I thought to myself. “Cate Blanchett’s got jokes.”

Later, while sitting together on a white couch in a private room (after she sarcastically told me, “Nice to see you again!”), I realized just how wrong I’d been about her. Sure, Blanchett was well-spoken and beautiful, and no one can deny her talent. But she was also silly and honest, sharing stories about her career (she was basically told she had a shelf life), describing her beauty routine as “lazy” (aka why she loves SK-II), and admitting to biting her nails (OK, same).

I left the interview weirdly feeling like I’d met someone I could be friends with, not just the megastar I’d seen on-screen. Read our fun conversation—jokes, curse words, and all—ahead.

I love these limited-edition SK-II bottles and how they include inspirational sayings. Do you have a positive mantra you live by?

“Well, I really warm to this idea from SK-II about the notion of change and embracing change. As women, we are indoctrinated to be terrified of the changes that go on in our bodies and in our physical selves. For me, I’ve thought about and embraced those changes so much more because I felt like I’m just working with what I’ve got, doing the best I can as I go along, aging as we are all aging. It’s the evolution of it. I think it’s really, really positive.”

I actually wanted to talk about that, because I feel like there’s such an obsession with looking youthful. What are your thoughts on aging?

“It’s acceptance, it’s embracing it. I wonder if it’s an obsession with looking youthful or trying to look other than what we are. The people who I think are truly beautiful are the people who are outward-looking, they’re engaged in the world, they’re not loathing themselves. I feel like women are pedaled self-hatred a lot of the time, so that’s why these messages are really positive. It’s saying embrace the change, and you can decide what you do. You’re in control of this journey. Or you can be.”

Have you had habits that you’ve tried to change that you’re conscious of? For example, I don’t take criticism well:

“Culturally, failure is kind of taboo, so it also means we’re risk-averse. So if you feel like someone is giving you a piece of criticism, rather than taking it constructively, you sort of think, ‘Oh I’ve failed, I fucked up.’ But it’s an essential, an inevitable part of being alive. In a way, I feel lucky to have happened upon the career I’ve got because it’s pretty brutal. It’s very public. The failures are very public and I think probably, like what you’re saying, I had a much thinner skin when I was in my teens and 20s. I’ve learned to love direction, and I think initially I would take that as like, I’m not doing it right. Whereas now I say, ‘Yeah, I’ll try it like this, and if you think it’s wrong, you give me some ideas,’ and it’s a conversation. It’s a process of auditioning and being rejected and picking yourself up and keeping going. And also biting my nails. I think I finally kicked that habit.”

Your nails look good!

“Well, you should see them ordinarily. I’ve started taking these vitamins for my skin because someone said it’s really good—because I wasn’t taking a consistent multivitamin. The byproduct is my nails are strong! It’s funny, when you start making a positive step towards something, it encourages you to keep going. The one called ‘Thera-M’ is the one that I’ve been using.”

Do you think it’s an anxiety thing or just a habit?

“I don’t feel particularly anxious, to tell you the truth. I just think it’s a stupid habit. It’s better that than smoking, I guess.”

Is there a beauty look that you think doesn’t work for you?

“Orange hair. I did that. I wouldn’t do that again. Hmm, I’m sure there are many. It’s interesting that you ask that because I’m so used to playing lots of different characters. Facial hair probably doesn’t work [laughs]. Hairy moles—I don’t think they work that well. I don’t know, I like the idea of trying different looks out. In the end I’m not that concerned with whether people like them, it’s more about just trying stuff. In my everyday life, I’m very minimal, mostly because I’m lazy. That’s why SK-II works for me, because it’s just so simple. You’ve got the Essence and you’ve got the serum and you’ve got the ‘LXP’ cream and the eye cream. Then, if I’m on the plane, I put a mask on. If I’m in the Arctic, I’ll take the oil and the oil cleanser. It’s sort of set for me and I don’t have to think about it.”

Is there something in your health routine that has changed since you were younger?

“I got fit, I mean properly fit, for the first time. My job is very physical. I’m doing a lot of theater; you stretch every day, and the job is incredibly physical. And running after children is physical. I got properly fit with Chris Hemsworth’s trainer, [Luke] Zocchi, last year for this Marvel film [Thor: Ragnarok] . I thought, ‘I really want to stick to this,’ and of course as life tramples on, it’s been sporadic, but I really want to get back to that place. It’s actually easier to do a little bit every day. And there’s so many apps now and the thing is, I’m like everybody—it’s so hard to start. But once you start doing a little bit, like walking to work, it actually gives you more energy, so that’s what I want to change.”

What kind of workouts do you do?

“It was hideous. It was horrendous. It was a hard-core cardio-and-weights circuit, but it only lasted 20 minutes because he had to fit it in between scenes. But it was great, I actually wanted to get up at 6 in the morning and work with him for 20 minutes before the kids woke up, if you can believe it. It sounds bizarre. I’m not doing that at the moment, but I really do want to get back to it.”

In the industry, do you feel people try to say you can’t play certain roles?

“I suppose the role that I played that opened up having a career internationally for me was Elizabeth I. After that, I was given the opportunity to take roles, leading roles, in films that were basically the same character in different time periods, and I didn’t do it. Maybe my paycheck wasn’t as big, but I thought, I just want to do what interests me. So I took little roles that other actresses turned down, frankly. I think I unwittingly created a space for myself where I wasn’t pigeonholed as quickly. I thought to myself at the time that I was moving into the film industry quite late, actually—in my mid-twenties. Everyone was saying, ‘You really only get 5 years. By the time you’re 32, your career is over as a woman.’ But I came from the theater. I mean, it was frustrating, that prediction, but I thought, ‘I’m just going to go into the theater and I’m going to go back. You can be anything onstage.’ So I feel like I created a bit of a space to explore and not get locked into things.”

Would you rather fall asleep with your makeup on or walk the red carpet without any makeup?

“Well, I’ve been on screen without any makeup on. You know what? I would be totally fine about walking down the red carpet without any makeup if everyone didn’t have their telephoto lenses looking for faults. The thing is, the red carpet is a gladiatorial sport for women. There was one moment at the Golden Globes when they wanted me to stick my hand into a mani-pedi cam. It’s like, are you fucking kidding me?! Are you really that micro in your assessment? I’m here because I’m nominated for my work, you know what I mean? I’d be totally fine if there was an agreement where you could say, ‘Wow, she looks great with no makeup.’ It’s the scrutiny, women want an armature. So yes, at the moment, I would rather fall asleep with no makeup on.”

via Coveteur

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


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 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