Thursday, September 10, 2015



Women can empower themselves: Blanchett


Aussie star Cate Blanchett has opened up further about sexism in Hollywood and that women are "not allowed to screw-up" when directing movies.
Blanchett has become a crusader of highlighting sexism in tinsel town.
One of her most poignant moments was singling out red carpet sexism at the SAG's when a cameraman took a sweeping shot to capture her Givenchy gown.
The Blue Jasmine star pointed at him and said, "Do you do that to the guys?".
The clip went viral and now Blanchett has told the New York Times that women have a brittle existence behind the camera.
"I do think there's a sense in the industry, and in most industries, that a woman can't screw up," she said.
"Look at the number of second-time male directors: If for some reason their film doesn't do well, in eight to 12 months they're back in there again, someone backs them.
"It's always on the marketing schedule that a woman has directed the film, which on one hand you want to celebrate, but on the other does put a remarkable amount of pressure on, is it going to work?
"So the numbers people go into it with their arms slightly crossed, and I think that has an impact on the courage of a woman's creative expression."
The timing of the article coincides with the release of a trailer for Blanchett's latest film Carol about a young woman department-store clerk who falls for an older, married woman.
Blanchett plays opposite Rooney Mara in the romantic drama.
The Academy Award winning actress also told the New York Times that it's ok to question a director who asks you to bare skin and "claim" the character.
"When the director says you really need to be topless in this scene, I go, `Do I?'. You have to fight back and claim the right to develop the character," she said.
"Women need to empower themselves and claim even a character that's written in a cliched way.
"You don't have to play it that way."
Blanchett said sometimes the best way to beat the men who control Hollywood, is to write screenplays which empower women, both in front of, and behind the camera.
She used Angelina Jolie as the shining example.
"Women who have been in the industry a long time are now producing themselves, like Angelina Jolie. She's not waiting for roles to come to her.
"She's proactively creating her own work. I think women get to a point where they can actually embrace the power, and that's one of the biggest changes."

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