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Cate Blanchett - "Vanity Fair" February 2009

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Aussie screen queen Cate Blanchett is golden on the February 2009 cover of Vanity Fair. Here’s a snapshot of her interview:

On not ruling out more babies: “Who knows? Don’t close those doors. The world is very overpopulated, but we do make nice ones. They all look like [my husband Andrew Upton]. To say he has dominant genes would be an understatement.”

On signing a three-year contract with Australia’s leading theater: “Andrew had worked closely with the company, and when the idea came up he was wondering if it was something we wanted to do together. The opportunity presented itself, and it would have been utter I’m not a spokesperson against the world of injectables. If you grow up in an environment where your mother gets you a boob job when you turn 18, what hope is there? But I didn’t grow up in that world. The reason I went to train as an actor was that I was interested in it for the long haul. You can become very self-obsessed, but you’ve got to keep looking outward.”

On keeping a careful distance from Hollywood: “I don’t exist in that world. I observe it, but there’s so much else to be thinking about. Maybe it’s because I’m with someone who’s not with me because of that; I’m not a trophy. He likes the vessel, but he also wants to make sure the vessel is full. The world of film can be so noisy, but the other aspects of my life are actually the noisiest parts of my life. My best friends are a social worker and a visual artist.”

Cate plays Brad Pitt‘s soulmate in their latest movie, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, in theaters now.

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  • Parkan

    I really hope she said this as a joke:

    “The world is very overpopulated, but we do make nice ones”.

    What exactly constitutes a ‘nice’ baby? Looks? Race? Here’s a thought – maybe a ‘nice’ baby is one that actually grows up to contribute something significant to the world.

    But as usual, people don’t think beyond their desire to indiscriminately litter the world with their genes. I respect people who adopt a lot more; they’re less concerned with propagating their genes than with taking care of those already existing.

  • Holly

    That was a good movie

  • Xena

    i think she is a good actress, but she is very ugly in my opinion!

  • Sunny

    She’s gorgeous, but her hubby is quite homely, though I’m sure he’s a lovely person “inside”. It’s just unfortunate that her kids inherited his looks, not hers.

  • queen bee

    Now this is a CLASSY actress who is about the WORK!…..(…not just some blonde floozy who emotionally manipulates us with DOG movies and poses NAKED on the cover of magazines!..while trying to convince us that she’s ‘HAPPY’….)…

    ..It’s good to see an actress who takes the work seriously and acts her age.


  • sweetie

    Love Cate. She’s beautiful and classy :-)

  • ^

    She is just exquisite. She’s bright and beautiful, and such a wonderful, truly talented actress.

    She is stunning to look at in Benjamin Button, why anyone would think NK is more beautiful or an actress on Cate’s level is beyond me.

  • queen bee

    I saw the movie and I was truly moved. …

    …The movie Benjamin Button was absolutely beautiful and stunning! It makes you think about your life and affects you in a profound way.

    …Fincher will get an Oscar for this…and Brad should get one too.

    …They will all DEFINETLY get nominated…

  • Jerry

    why are people so superficial???
    always commenting on looks. WGA F*K

    Cate & her husband are sweet & kind people.

  • teri

    I think CCOBB will do better in the long haul than right away. It’s a very good movie and worth the money. The movie is doing very well here and getting wonderful reviews. This film is something that Cate and Brad can be very poud of.

  • Petta

    I saw the movie and it’s a bit disappointed….i think Brad should be nominated but Fincher not, neither Cate. I think she is a good actress, but far away for being one of the best!

  • George

    “I don’t exist in that world”?????
    what is she talking about?doesn’t she work in Hollywood????
    I hate when people try to be different and say bad things about this industry! they work in it because they want, not because they are obliged!

  • marcyana

    I love Cate, she’s definitely a woman with substance!

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  • Joanne

    I agree with number 12. why is an hype to talk badly about Holywood?they are rich and famous because of it, so plese Cate, be honest!

  • Peter

    poor photoshop, and she is sooooo ugly guys!

  • Jako

    She’s a really great actress of this time.

    But I agree with No. 12 too. Many of Hollywood talk like this too.

  • Candy

    George, pay attention! It means she doesn’t relate to that world. She never has. “Hollywood” is a byproduct of her profession. She always thought she’d be a stage actress and when “Hollywood” came calling, it was a work opportunity so she took it. The rest is history. I think she has become one of the most gifted actresses of all time and one who actually has her head screwed on right. A woman with a profound sense of self and intelligence.

    She is gorgeous in these shots! Wow Annie, you did a tremendous job! And such classy and elegant shots, no nudity needed, thank you!

    I just saw TCCOBB and it was amazing! A touching tale which left me reflecting on life and death. Cate, once again, stole the show for me and gave a truly graceful and sensitive depiction of Daisy Fuller.

  • www

    This woman is HOMELY. I don’t understand how anyone can find this plain-looking thing attractive.

  • Mr. Blonde

    Of course it was a joke, #1.

    How could you say such a thing, #4?

  • dani

    George, Jako and Joanne–

    You know the entire acting industry world wide doesn’t revolve around living in Hollywood and existing for photo ops. The Bollywood movie industry is absolutely huge and they are not dependent upon Hollywood nor do they exist in that craziness. Same for the Asian movie industry–huge in Asia.
    Folks like Meryl Streep, Hugh Laurie, Helen Mirran, Cate Blanchett, and many many others do not exist in the Hollywood lifestyle. What is wrong with that. Others like Kidman, Jackman, etc do. Nothing wrong with that.
    You are reading insults into her statement that are not there.

  • regina

    she is great actress and she is very charisma and cool.she have not standard beauty therefor she is very special.
    and actually she generally work independent productions in hollywood.

  • George


    and what is Hollywood lifestyle?because i think she has the same lifestyle as Kidman, Jackman or even Meryl…don’t see any difference between them….Of course Kidman and Jackman, Jolie and Pitt, Aniston…appear much more in magazines, because they sell! They are a “key” to many paps, because they are popular! I’m sorry for Blanchett, but she isn’t very well know wordwile!

  • Collin

    I think She, Nicole and Meryl are the greatest actress working right now, but the fact is that Blanchett tries to hard to be different…i don’t know if you understand what i mean….maybe i’m wrong but i don’t think she is honest or natural in many things she says…just an opinion

  • Velvet

    Great cover. She looks beautiful.
    Very old Hollywood glamour

  • mimi

    She is so elegant!! Just gorgeous.

  • Leolady

    Nicole K is a lot more attractive than Cate IMO! Cate is so homely and does not have the beauty and elegance Nicole has!

  • lula

    what is she talking about?doesn’t she work in Hollywood??

    OK. ( LOL)

  • neil

    I think black people are stupid. Just an opinion.
    Jews really should be put to death. Just an opinion.
    I think someone should throw acid on school girl’s faces.
    That’s the problem with most societies. Everyone has an opinion and not enough of them have an idea.

  • hannah

    omgosh neil. please tell me that was a joke.
    cate is amazing, love her work.

  • deka

    she is stunning!
    and a wonderful actress


    I love Kate she is AMAZING ..
    I saw CCOBB what a GREAT movie and I am going to see it again with my sister.
    HOMELY is ChinNIFER the deadendNISTON ..
    Kate is classy and elegant.. She don’t spread her legs open with two size bikini too small and stick her a*s up high 24/7 suntan freak !
    Then go NAKED to sell her movie that ‘s not even hers .. It’s MARLEY ‘s…. LOL

  • bella

    Turbo Chin what´s your name

    Why the hell do some of you people have this uncontrollable urge to drag Jennifer Aniston into everything!??? This thread has nothing to do with her.
    On topic, Cate Blanchett is a timeless beauty and a kick ass actress.

  • Ha!

    Thank you Bella!

    Cate is pure elegance and can act circles around most women in the industry. Just because Hollywood makes films she’s in doesn’t mean she lives that lifestyle. I can’t believe people don’t understand that.

  • Flapp

    She´s perfect!

    Brilliant, pretty, luminous, classic, delicious!

    She´s The One!

    My Muse!

  • Marieme

    Exactly queen bee #5!

    It was something that came to mind as I was reading too. I’ve no doubt what Cate Blanchett says just does not compute to dog movie actresses who cannot imagine a life outside of Hollywood and lifestyle not involving exploiting their own bodies to beg for even more attention. Nope. Certain people would die without the glare of the media following their every move. That’s why they will never be a real talent like Cate Blanchett or ever move beyond making more useless B movies. What ever will they do in 10 years when they can’t use their bodies anymore to get magazine covers. Hmmm. That will be interesting.

  • Mary

    “What exactly constitutes a ‘nice’ baby? Looks? Race? Here’s a thought – maybe a ‘nice’ baby is one that actually grows up to contribute something significant to the world. ”

    Oh for heaven’s sake… She is a mother calling her own children nice. Get a grip.

  • TC aplen

    bow down, the queen is here- seriously on the best actors working today

  • boogie


    You have a real problem” “just an opinion”

    rolls eyes! Something really wrong with you to come up with that in the 21st century! Go back into your hole and stay there!


    Cate is a classy lady and a good actress and not at all like most of the hollywood type bimbos.

  • zoe

    she looks great in this issue. love the photoshoot. such a talented and wise person!

  • bennie

    She is a natural beauty and an outstanding actress. It is wonderful how she stays away from the paps and all the Hollywood glitz, other vain, plastic surgery ridden, bad actresses should take tips from this gifted woman.

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  • LuckyL

    Buying it! F*** the haters who probably also hate the Jolie-Pitts. The lack of logical thoughts among the haters is telling and consistent, as well as their love of misconstruing peoples’ words.

  • Simone

    She’s not ugly at all, i think she has an unconvencional and interesting kind of beuty and on top of that she is a great actress and person for what I see. Love Cate

  • susanb

    She does not have the facial lines or droop of a 39 year old.
    She’s had some help believe me. Cate is pulling our legs.

  • Diana

    jealous much susanb? God, you’re pathetic. Get over yourself, sometimes people actually have natural beauty and can radiate it like Cate. Just because you probably didn’t inherit the “beautiful” gene, doesn’t mean that everyone should pay for your bitterness.

    And about Cate, everyone should bow down to this woman. She is beyond incredible and so beautiful! These shots made my jaw drop. She easily could’ve been a supermodel. She exudes grace and class in every shot. The best actress alive (even better than I daresay Meryl Streep!).

  • ms

    It’s not that she keeps a distance from Hollywood, it’s that sHe doesn’t drag much attention anyway. Yes, she is a good actress but she definetely doesn’t have the superstar status of fellow Aussies HUGH JACKMAN or NICOLE KIDMAN

  • Novels

    She is a natural beauty and an outstanding actress. It is wonderful how she stays away from the paps and all the Hollywood glitz, other vain, plastic surgery ridden, bad actresses should take tips from this gifted woman.

  • bob

    she is a regal beauty. so unique looking., I never thought she was so pretty, but when you watch her movies, she is breaTHAKINGLY BEAUTIFUL./ JUST SOMETHING ABOUT HER you cant take your eyes off of her. not to mention she has stunning facial structure!