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Cate Blanchett Reveals the Types of Roles She Turns Down & Why

Cate Blanchett Reveals the Types of Roles She Turns Down & Why

Cate Blanchett is on the cover of Interview magazine’s latest issue and she was interviewed by Julia Roberts!

Here’s what Cate had to share with the mag…

On trying to raise her kids to be vegetarians: “I’m quite happy sitting here looking at my unread Proust, talking to you and feeding my pigs. I was a vegetarian for years when my husband wanted to get pigs. I said, ‘I’ll get pigs as long as we tell the kids that the sausages and bacon they eat are from our pigs.’ We called them 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.”

On her husband’s nickname for her: “Maybe it should be Blabbermouth? Sometimes my husband calls me Poss, like possum.”

On roles she turns down: “When I feel like it’s a pre-masticated version of something I’ve already done? 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.”

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Credit: Venetia Scott/Interview
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