Cate Blanchett Interview: ‘Ocean’s 8’. “Your children don’t care about how many hours you’ve been on a set or how difficult or emotional your scenes have been that day…”

Cate Blanchett is in a very intense mood these days. She is fully embracing the MeToo movement and is determined to spur Hollywood to give women more opportunities at every level of the industry. Having served as the head of the jury at the recently concluded Cannes Film Festival, the 48-year-old Oscar-winning actress was shocked and dismayed by the fact that only three of the 21 films in the competition were directed by women and that only one woman had ever won the director’s prize in the entire history of the festival.

So when it came time to answer questions while promoting her new film, Ocean’s 8, in New York, Cate, wearing a striking yellow pants suit, was anxious to emphasise how important it is to continue the fight to for greater equality for women and how remarkable it was to have been part of a major Hollywood production with an almost exclusively female cast.

“It’s so rare to bring so many talented women together in one film and two or three years ago it seemed like an impossibility to get this made,” Blanchett declared. “But a lot of things have changed in the last few years we’re seeing many more female-centric projects being made and developed and it’s so great that this film is being released today…It was so much fun to make and I think people will find it just as much fun to watch.”

Cate Blanchett co-stars opposite Sandra Bullock as the principal plotters behind a sophisticated diamond heist in New York that sees eight women in all take part in the robbery. Following in the footsteps of the largely all-male Ocean’s 11-13 trilogy, this female twist on the formula is a stirring riff on the caper genre and benefits from a strong cast that includes Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna and Helena Bonham Carter.

Cate Blanchett and her screenwriter husband of twenty years, fellow Aussie Andrew Upton, 51, live in New York together with their four children, sons Dashiell, 15, Roman, 13, and Ignatius, 9, and their three-year-old adopted daughter, Edith. In addition to Ocean’s 8, Cate will soon be seen in Before Sunrise director Richard Linklater’s latest film, the dramatic comedy Where’d You Go Bernadette?, followed by the release of Jungle Book, a remake of the animated classic, in October of 2018.

Q&A

Q: How was it working with a largely all-female cast?

BLANCHETT: This is the first time that I’ve ever been part of such a large cast of women and it was a great experience. I would hope to get another chance to do that again. I think it was also interesting to be part of cast composed of so many brilliant women who are of different ages, skin colours, and social origins. The common point between us is the passion we have for our work, a certain level of madness, and a sense of humour. I thought there was a real connection between us.

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