Cate Blanchett is an Australian actress and theatre director and… she’s a goddess, she’s a woman of a certain age and looks fabulous, she’s an actress, a wife, a mother and just an all round fabulous woman. Looking forward to seeing her in Ocean’s 8 European Premiere on Wednesday and will definitely feed back my opinion on the film!
So today I want to talk about the fabulousness of Cate in the groundbreaking (almost) all female cast… of Ocean’s 8!
— Variety (@Variety) June 8, 2018
Cate talked to USA Today on working with all women:
There’s a real culture of fear instilled in women, that if you talk about failure, then you’re showing weakness. To work with other women who have (similar experiences) is great. You throw (your problems) in the middle and find a solution.
I do honestly feel like it’s “Groundhog Day.” This film is a wonderful, fun romp and piece of entertainment. If this is being forced by the media to stand for all female-centric films, it’s an enormous pressure — it’s unsustainable. And (whether it succeeds or fails), it makes it difficult for other films with women at the center to sink or swim on their own merit.
On the #MeToo movement…
When I first entered the film industry, I thought, “That’s just the way the industry is.” You’d do an interview and they’d go, “Wow, you don’t suffer fools.” And you went, “You asked me a question and I answered it.” And so you’d be talked about in a certain way, and you’d go, “OK, maybe I won’t proffer my opinion.” Or you’d go into an audition and think, “Oh, I think I’m meant to flirt here.” And if you didn’t flirt, then you wouldn’t get the job. So for me, it took a little while to find directors in the film industry who knew what to do with me.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Blanchett stated that she told ‘Ocean’s’ trilogy director Steven Soderbergh, “If you can get those women, I’m totally in.”
“It’s not a message film — it’s a fun film,” star Cate Blanchett tells The Hollywood Reporter. “You’re watching this bunch of women pull off an insane and impossible heist. That’s always thrilling when people you are rooting for do something impossible, which is a bit apposite from what’s going on in the world with women at the moment: Women encouraging other women to reach big, to dig deep.”
She then added for clarity: “But it’s a tentpole film, so we don’t get too deep.”