Cate Blanchett graces the cover of the latest issue of Interview magazine in which she is interviewed by fellow actress Julia Roberts about life, family, and career choices.
The two Oscar-winning actresses get all philosophical about the film industry and what drives them to keep making movies. “Maybe it’s just time to stop,” Blanchett ponders before Roberts tells her to stop saying such things.
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We kick off our 50th anniversary year with the peerless Cate Blanchett, who graces our March cover. In conversation with fellow Oscar-winner Julia Roberts, the actor asks the eternal question: Is enough enough? 🤯 Photographed by @venetialscott. Styled by @melzy917. #onnewsstandsnow #Interview50
“No, but it really is. I have to go on stage in my underwear yet again, and I’m thinking, Why? Why don’t I just feed the chickens and read Proust? All these volumes I have purchased and not yet read. Why have I not picked those up? Why am I still bothering to make movies?”
Unable to find a reason, Blanchett poses the question to Roberts, who responds, “They call to me.” Though the “Homecoming” star admits to feeling “self-conscious” about her job for the first time when she made her first movie with husband Danny Moder.
“I suddenly thought, Oh my gosh, what I do for a living is so silly. I’m calling myself a different name. I’m wearing somebody else’s clothes. And I’m basically playing pretend on a huge scale.”
Roberts asks Blanchett which kind of roles she automatically turns down. “When I feel like it’s a pre-masticated version of something I’ve already done,” she answers. “Like a margarine commercial, where the agency thinks, This worked before, so, hey, let’s do it again!
“After I played Queen Elizabeth, I got offered myriad roles that were basically the same story with a different costume. There was no potential for discovering anything new. There’s no risk.”
Elsewhere in the interview, the “Ocean’s 8” star talks about how she failed to turn her family vegetarian after buying pet pigs called Benson and Hedges.
“It was this Machiavellian vegetarian plan that I had for my kids, that they would form this deep connection with the piglets, which were very cute and smelled kind of like smelly people. And then I would tell them that if we eat sausages, they’re coming from these pigs.
“The kids were just totally fine with that and I was horrified. My plan to turn my family vegetarian was a monumental failure.”
You can read the full interview at InterviewMagazine.com.