The Cate complex: Up close with Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett has an uncommon ability to interpret highly complex and disturbed characters. 

With her porcelain skin, lithe frame and propensity for playing troubled women, you might expect Cate Blanchett to be a fragile presence. But the Australian actress radiates a charismatic sense of command. Her eyes, while warm, have a focus as sharp as her wit. Previous interviewers have learned that she doesn’t suffer fools – but that she’s kind enough to bury the punch line in a woman-next-door laugh. It quickly becomes clear that the magnetism of roles such as the wicked stepmother in Cinderella and a mentally unstable woman in box office hit Blue Jasmine – for which she won an Oscar – owes to a palpable sense of compassion for the human condition and a drive to convey the complexity of characters, who, minus interpretation, might be mercilessly demonised in an uncanny parallel with the very character dichotomy native to children’s minds and fairy tales. (Grown-ups call it prejudice, or stigma.)

We find out what makes the Aussie actress tick in the launch issue of muse magazine.

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