CATE BLANCHETT

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This must be the first time you have played a woman de­scribed as a with­ered pur­ple skele­ton. How did that make you feel?

I was at once in­trigued and of­fended! In the books, she’s a 65-year-old wel­ter­weight Eastern Euro­pean che­root-smok­ing har­ri­dan!

Did you take in­spi­ra­tion from any on-screen witch?

No one in par­tic­u­lar. It was in­vent­ing some­thing be­cause the char­ac­ter has ob­vi­ously got the same es­sen­tial back­story and skill-set as the char­ac­ter in the books. But all of those cul­tural ref­er­ences sit some­where in your brain. You don’t ob­vi­ously draw on them, but…

What was it like be­ing on an Eli Roth set?

It was the most egal­i­tar­ian, easy, cre­ative, in­clu­sive, fun set I’ve ever been on. Ev­ery­one was wel­come.

Af­ter this and Ocean’s 8, it seems like you’ve been hav­ing fun with your char­ac­ters re­cently. Is that de­lib­er­ate?

I’ve had a lot of fun. But then I found A Street­car Named De­sire funny! When you’re play­ing Blanche DuBois… if you don’t find the lev­ity and the ridicu­lous­ness and the ab­sur­dity in those mo­ments, then the whole thing sinks like a lead bal­loon. JM

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