Cate Blanchett Quotes

Cate Blanchett Quotes On Acting

Violence and racism are bad. Whenever they occur they are to be condemned and we should not turn a blind eye to them.

I don’t have a sense of entitlement or that I deserve this. You’d be surprised at the lack of competition between nominees – I think a lot of it’s imposed from the outside. Can I have my champagne now?

It was only when I realized

It was only when I realized how actors have the power to move people that I decided to pursue acting as a career.

The more you do it, the more you learn to concentrate, as a child does, incredibly intensively and then you sort of have to relax. I remember the first film I did, the lead actor would in between scenes be reading a newspaper or sleeping and I’d think, ‘How can you do that?’

It’s part of my job. You can’t play Veronica Guerin sounding like this. It just wouldn’t wash. But what I find fascinating about doing an accent – unless it’s a farce – is that it’s not slapped on.

Cate Blanchett Quotes On Film

And perhaps, those of us in the industry who are still foolishly clinging to the idea that female films, with women at the center are niche experience, they are not. Audiences want to see them and, in fact, they earn money. The world is round, people.

The more you do it, the more you learn to concentrate, as a child does, incredibly intensively and then you sort of have to relax. I remember the first film I did, the lead actor would in between scenes be reading a newspaper or sleeping and I’d think, ‘How can you do that?’

You can't be trying to make

You can’t be trying to make a film that pleases all people, you know, so it’s not a concern of mine.

You have to surrender less when you see a film than when you go and see something live.

A film is not a documentary. And what’s wonderful about film is that it’s a real provocation for people. I never, ever see film as being an absolute version of the truth.

I love theatre – it’s where I started – and I’ve directed a play myself. I’m not sure if I want to direct a film, but certainly, as an actress, I’m always thinking, ‘Surely this must be my last film.’

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.

I’m one of those strange beasts who really likes a corset.

I feel like I’ve been marinated in Australian theatre.

What I love about the theater is that you know who you’re acting for: your audience. And the thing I find really hard in film is, you don’t. The audience is invisible. And we’re sitting there, hoping there’s other people out there.

Look, it's one of the

Look, it’s one of the great mysteries of the world, I cannot answer that question. I think I’m vaguely blonde. To be perfectly frank, I don’t know.

If I’m not good at acting, I’m not good at anything else.

Cate Blanchett Quotes On Age

If you age with somebody, you go through so many roles – you’re lovers, friends, enemies, colleagues, strangers; you’re brother and sister. That’s what intimacy is, if you’re with your soulmate.

Perhaps being a parent has changed career more in that you ask yourself how long you’ll be away from home. My eldest child is approaching school age so that becomes more important. They’re less portable.

I think we should all feel lucky and blessed that people are still, in this day and age, getting in their cars with other people and driving to a location and paying money to sit in a theater and watch a play.

You do get scrutinized

You do get scrutinized in the digital age. You know they’re zooming in on every pore, which you’ve got to forget about.

I’m the age I am, but my skin is in pretty good condition because I’ve been consistent with my skincare.

It’s not the normal way to look at things but I experienced death at a really young age and because of that it’s been part of my mental landscape that death is really very possible.

I am the age that I am and I am trying to do the best with what I got.

Everyone gets obsessed with anti-aging but I’d rather look as good as I can at the age I am.

Maybe this is my morality coming in again but it was important to me that the actor [ in Notes On A Scandal] was above the age of consent. Although really, what’s the difference between 15 and 16? It’s the law, yeah, but he’s very mature.

Cate Blanchett Quotes On Character

I often have a few scents depending on if I’m playing a character. The character may be wearing a scent that perhaps I wouldn’t wear. We’ve all got different moods and ways we want to express ourselves; scent is a very powerful way to let people in to your secret life.

Things present themselves to you, and it’s how you choose to deal with them that reveals who you are. We all say a lot of things, don’t we, about who we are and how we think. But in the end it’s your actions, how you respond to circumstance that reveals your character.

I’m not particularly interested in playing characters that think the way I do.

I'm not interested in

I’m not interested in playing characters who see the world through my prism. I think the journey of understanding any character is to see how they tick and how they differ from you.

I think when you have a character as richly drawn, I suppose then there are subconscious, mental notes that you’ve made.

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

Cate Blanchett Quotes On Children

The more you do it, the more you learn to concentrate, as a child does, incredibly intensively and then you sort of have to relax. I remember the first film I did, the lead actor would in between scenes be reading a newspaper or sleeping and I’d think, ‘How can you do that?’

You know you’ve made it when you’ve been moulded in miniature plastic. But you know what children do with Barbie dolls – it’s a bit scary, actually.

I’ve an enormous respect for my mother who at the age of 39 raised three children, and I grew up with my grandmother in the household. And so it was a really strong household of women – my poor brother! It was great growing up with so many generations of women.

I think at the prospect of bringing children into the world, your mortality comes very much to the forefront, absolutely.

Particularly at the moment, it’s an incredibly optimistic thing to bring children into the world.

Perhaps being a parent has changed career more in that you ask yourself how long you’ll be away from home. My eldest child is approaching school age so that becomes more important. They’re less portable.