Cate Blanchett joins TV se­ries to play an equal rights ac­tivist

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Two-time Os­car win­ner Cate Blanchett has be­come the lat­est Hol­ly­wood celebrity to switch to TV, sign­ing on to star in the new lim­ited se­ries Mrs Amer­ica. Cre­ated and writ­ten by Mad Men co­pro­ducer Dahvi Waller, the nine-episode se­ries will fea­ture Blanchett as con­ser­va­tive ac­tivist Phyl­lis Sch­lafly, who led the fight against the move­ment to rat­ify the Equal Rights Amend­ment.

The ERA is a pro­posed amend­ment to the US Con­sti­tu­tion stat­ing that equal rights may not be de­nied on the ba­sis of one’s sex. The amend­ment was passed by the US Congress in 1972 but failed to win the back­ing of enough states. “Through the eyes of the women of that era — both Sch­lafly and sec­ond wave fem­i­nists Glo­ria Steinem, Betty Friedan, Shirley Chisholm, Bella Abzug and Jill Ruck­elshaus — the se­ries ex­plores how one of the tough­est bat­tle­grounds in the cul­ture wars of the Sev­en­ties helped give rise to the Moral Ma­jor­ity and for­ever shifted our po­lit­i­cal land­scape,” the pro­duc­tion com­pany stated.

Mrs Amer­ica will mark Blanchett’s first role in an Amer­i­can tele­vi­sion pro­gramme. She said, “I am ex­tremely ex­cited about delv­ing into the ma­te­rial as there couldn’t be a more ap­pro­pri­ate time to peel back the lay­ers of this re­cent pe­riod of his­tory, which couldn’t be more rel­e­vant to­day.”

Other Hol­ly­wood A-lis­ters who have made the jump to tele­vi­sion in re­cent years in­clude Meryl Streep, Tom Hardy, and Ju­lia Roberts.

I am ex­tremely ex­cited about delv­ing into the ma­te­rial as there couldn’t be a more ap­pro­pri­ate time to peel back the lay­ers of this re­cent pe­riod of his­tory. CATE BLANCHETT AC­TOR

PHOTO: MARIO ANZUONI/REUTERS

Cate Blanchett has strong po­lit­i­cal views

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