In the cover story for Variety, Cate Blanchett speaks honestly about suppression and the lack of opportunities that have plagued women so far. She is of the opinion that positive, irreversible strides are being made toward real change in an industry long known for male entitlement and domination.

For the first time, she speaks on her disdain for Harvey Weinstein, and admits that she too, was treated inappropriately/sexually harassed by him. She is open and speaks on other topics like pay disparity, feminism and becoming President of the jury at the Cannes movie festival.

Intensely curious, Blanchett constantly tries to figure out what makes people ‘tick’, from the characters she plays, to strangers she meets in the course of her life. Responding to what makes her tick, she says “Being in dialogue with people who are more interesting, better, more engaged, who don’t necessarily think like I think. I’m constantly interested in opening unexpected, invisible doors that I hadn’t seen. When you pick up a book that someone has recommended to you, or you see an exhibition, or you hear the story of someone’s experience.”

Read full story here.

All Images by Art Streiber for Variety Mag.

Valerie Ekpo
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