Nimmy (nimmy) wrote in pac_con,

If you know you are going to fail, then fail gloriously!

In honour of her third Oscar nomination I present Cate Blanchett in the first of what I hope will be a series of 'head's up' posts about Aussie and Kiwi actors. There will be familiar faces and up and coming talent. If there's anyone in particular that you'd like to see drop me a note and I'll see what I can do.

"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?"

Name: Catherine Elise Blanchett

DoB: May 14, 1969

Bio: Born in Melbourne, Australia to Robert Blanchett, a Texas-born United States Navy petty offucer and June, an Australian schoolteacher. Her father died of a heart attack when Cate was 10 years old. She has two siblings; older brother Bob and younger sister, Geneviève. She has been married to Andrew Upton for just over 10 years, they have two sons; Dashiell and Roman.

"He thought I was aloof and I thought he was arrogant. It just shows you how wrong you can be. But once he kissed me that was that."

Cate has starred in 29 movies, starting with 'Parklands' in 1996 to her Oscar, SAG and Golden Globe nominated performance in 'Notes on a Scandal' where she plays opposite Dame Judi Dench for the second time (their first joint venture being 'Shipping News').

"I had never done anything with blue screen before, or prosthetics, or anything like that. Lord of the Rings was like stepping into a videogame for me. It was another world completely. But, to be honest, I basically did it so that I could have the ears. I thought they would really work with my bare head."

Cate is currently filming 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button' alongside Brad Pitt and Tilda Swinton, and has both 'The Golden Age' reprising her role as Queen Elizabeth and 'I'm Not There' with fellow Aussie Heath Ledger where they both take on the challenge of becoming Bob Dylan.

"I love strange choices. I'm always interested in people who depart from what is expected of them and go into new territory."

As of 2008, she and her husband will commence three-year contracts as artistic co-directors of the Sydney Theatre Company. The contracts include a clause that will allow either of them to take three months out each year to pursue other activities. So we can hope that Cate graces our screens again soon.

Veronica Geurin

Charlotte Grey


The Aviator

Little Fish

Lord of the Rings

An Ideal Husband

Mother Cate

in black and white

and looking sexy

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

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