Cate Blanchett on being evil in 'Cinderella'

Wed Mar 4, 2015 7:30pm EST
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - After playing both real and mythical queens, a golden age screen idol and Bob Dylan, Cate Blanchett is taking on another iconic, complex character - Cinderella's evil stepmother.

In Disney's live-action "Cinderella," out in U.S. theaters on March 13, Oscar-winning Blanchett plays the impeccably groomed and conniving Lady Tremaine, the villain obstructing Cinderella (Lily James) on her journey to becoming a princess.

Blanchett, 45, spoke with Reuters about how "Cinderella" brings a classic story into the modern age and weighed in on women in Hollywood.

Q: How do you put your stamp on a character like the evil stepmother that has become embedded in pop culture?

A: It's very easy to play someone who's just bad, but then hopefully understanding what makes someone tick. I think an exploration of jealousy amongst women is an interesting thing to explore on screen.

Q: How does this re-telling contemporize the story?

A: In the 1950s classic of the story, Cinderella was a bit of a doormat - she was incredibly beautiful, she moved gracefully. You also didn't really understand the prince apart from the fact that he was gorgeous and he rescued her.   Continued...

Cast member Cate Blanchett is interviewed at the premiere of "Cinderella" at El Capitan theatre in Hollywood, California in this March 1, 2015 file photo. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/Files