After taking a year off to spend time with her family and adopted little girl, Cate Blanchett is stepping back into the spotlight in a big way.
The actress recently sat down with EW to talk about the handful of new projects she has on the go, including “Ocean’s Eight”, “Thor: Ragnarok” and the upcoming authorized Lucille Ball biopic.
“You get to a certain age and you don’t play the hero anymore,” the two-time Oscar winner says of taking on the bad guy role opposite Chris Hemsworth. “You play villains. Villains and drunks.”
Adding, “I didn’t get to work so much with Mark [Ruffalo], unfortunately. But I did get to work with Chris [Hemsworth] and talk about delightful! He’s just absolutely fabulous. The whole thing was just a riot and fantastic fun.”
From rioting in the Marvel comic universe, to the world of Stephen Soderbergh, Blanchett sheds some light on the heavily guarded script. Not too much is known about the plot, except that it involves the Met Gala and there is a heist, one of which Blanchett is familiar with.
“I chaired [the Met Gala] with Nicolas Ghesquiere and Francois-Henri Pinault in 2007,” she shares. “So I know it from that angle, but this is an entirely different thing,” adding, “the whole way it’s put together, it’s really smart and fun.”
And it’s not just fans getting excited about the all-female cast, Blanchett herself can barely contain her excitement about joining forces with Sandra Bullock, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Rihanna and Awkwafina.
“I get excited about who is making it and who is in it, and then I want to be surprised by it,” but maintains that society needs to change the way we look at gender specific casts. “It’s time to stop talking about these films as ‘female’ projects, and just call them good and interesting projects, full stop.”
A huge fan of “I Love Lucy”, Blanchett has a special connection to the newly announced project.
“Lucie Arnaz has been so amazing to give us the authorized version of her [mother’s] story,” she says. “It’s an incredible act of trust.”
“You walk onto a film set and you’ve got the female bathrooms called ‘Lucy’ and the male bathrooms called ‘Desi,'” she continues. “She was the first female studio head, for goodness sake and a mother and she broke all the rules and changed comedy and was this incredible actress and then you’ve got this amazing love story between these two people.”
For the full interview, go to EW.