If there's anyone who knows the ins and outs of Hollywood, it's Cate Blanchett.
The Australian actress has won two Oscars and has received countless other awards and commendations, so it's safe to say she knows how the business works. Despite her success in Hollywood, however, she knows that there are still inequalities among women and men; she even addressed it in her acceptance speech for Blue Jasmine.
Although she lauds the industry for finally talking about the obvious issue, she has grown tired of it because nothing ever seems to change. "It just feels like the industry has the same conversation every year and I think that's a fabulous conversation," she tells GQ. "We'll be back here like Groundhog Day next year having the same f--king symposium. It just has to shift."
Blanchett is passionate about her work and career and even calls herself her "harshest critic," but when it comes to the politics of the business she's seemingly unfazed. When Sony was hacked and swarms of emails were released, Blanchett says she couldn't have cared less despite being named specifically in a few of them.
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"Year in and year out, the guy who wins the Oscar for Best Actor has a much higher bar to clear than the woman who wins Best Actress," an email from Aaron Sorkin to Maureen Dowd reportedly said. "Cate gave a terriﬁc performance in Blue Jasmine but nothing close to the degree of difficulty for any of the ﬁve Best Actor nominees."
Her interview with GQ was the first time she heard those words, and upon hearing them she tells the publication, "He's not the first."
"I don't read that s--t. No, I'm interested in talking about what the Sony hack means, but in terms of trolling through it to ﬁnd out about who said what about who…I didn't assume that it could have had anything to do with me, but I guess I've worked for them or have had intersections with them so," she explains.
"Yeah, and the other thing is I'm not in this business expecting or wanting everyone to like what I do. Believe me, I'm the harshest critic of what I do myself, so no one can say anything worse out there than I say to myself. And I've worked with a lot of people that I wouldn't necessarily want to go out to dinner with."
In fact, when The Curious Case of Benjamin Button star first heard about the hack she ignored it because she had better things to do with her time.
"I knew that it was hacked, but I didn't go and troll over the broken bones and identify the dead bodies. I didn't do that," she says.
"I was doing other stuff."
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