Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Quote of the Day (Cate Blanchett, on Roles for Mature Actresses)

“Men are boys for such a long time and really don't start getting the great roles until they're in their mid-thirties. But then they've got a long time to do them, whereas for women, it's all about playing younger and younger and younger. They start when they're 18 and go till they're 28, maybe 35 if they're lucky. I remember [veteran actress] Rosemary Harris saying to me that, in her sixties, she was coming into a whole swathe of work because she was one of the few women who hadn't had anything done, who actually looked her age, because when people try to find a 60-year-old now, there are none. I'm in it for the long haul.”—Two-time Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett quoted by Mark Salisbury, “Cate Blanchett: Women in Hollywood Icon 2006,” Premiere Magazine, October 2006

At age 53, Ms. Blanchett is closer to the 60-year-old mark that she noted in the above interview. But, with another Oscar nomination for Tar, she is indeed, as she vowed, “in it for the long haul.”

Just as remarkably in youth-oriented Hollywood, she will not be the only 50-plus nominee in the Best Actress category. She will be joined by Michelle Yeoh, age 60. It will be an interesting race between the two.

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