Queen Cate

I know I get gushy when I talk/write about her but I can’t help it.

She is on the cover of W this month. So beautiful.

I still want to be her when I grow up. And yes, I know it’s weird because we are the same age- and because our respective physicalities could not be more different.

My friends can stop snickering now.

The current promotional push is for Robin Hood which opened Cannes last Wednesday to less than stellar reviews but it’s Cate Blanchett and Russell Crow and Sir Ridley Scott! I’ll be watching it on the big screen soon. She has largely been off the red carpets and out of the dog and pony show limelight the past few years- spending the majority of her time shoehorning in a few film projects while acting as co-artistic director (with her husband Andrew Upton) of the Sydney Theatre Company and raising three young sons (ages two to eight).

I think I need a nap.

I am sure the woman has help but she doesn’t GOOP it in our face. Somehow she makes it all seem effortless- with nary a lock of hair out of place. She doesn’t pretend to be Super Woman- she just gets the job done.

The article in W is good- you can tell the writer was charmed by Blanchett- even as she evaded some of the attempts to compliment her performances. I honestly don’t know how I would even be able to blubber my way through an interview with her should the opportunity ever present itself (haha, as if).  I imagine I would be throwing up in the bathroom beforehand and then disintegrate into a puddle of goo during.

It’s a good thing I have never wanted to be a journalist- impartial I am not.

The article mentions her recent-ish appearance on The Actor’s Studio. I had to Youtube it of course. I used to watch it religiously Sunday afternoons on Bravo but I have fallen off the bandwagon. There is only so much James Lipton I can take but for Cate, I’ll suffer through.

Blanchett likely filmed this segment around the time she was in New York City for the too limited run of A Streetcar Named Desire. I did not get a chance to see it (boohoo!) but there is talk about putting this on film. Please, PLEASE make this happen! I am a little surprised this was not filmed to be aired on t.v. at a later date….

There is a great quote from Liv Ullmann, who directed this run of Streetcar. Ullmann wanted to dispel the assumption that Blanchett was a chameleon. “She’s good because her soul is there.” She inhabits her characters.

I couldn’t imagine doing what she does. I just hope this little “experiment” of hers is not one she will give up- ever.

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~ by angryegg on May 17, 2010.

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