Cate Blanchett on being evil in 'Cinderella'
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...