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Cate Blanchett is a feisty actor who has always spoken her mind. Here are some well known quotes from this feminist woman.
Have you ever felt the impact of words and phrases? Have you been inspired by it or maybe, offended by it? The power of words and the freedom of expression is what changes our perspectives. And, it is important.
Voicing out opinions has always been a matter of critique and contested by many. More than it being appreciated, such voices have been condemned. What is to be understood is the power these words uphold. Cate Blanchett is one such badass individual whose words have made an impression upon me.
Cate Blanchett, an Australian actress and theatre director, is known for her strong roles in movies over the past few years. Her words and opinions have always made a stir in the media. They have always been voiced without worrying about social constraint, and often against discrimination. Some of these words have been controversial, but have had an impact.
Here are some of her quotes that are so simple yet powerful.
“If you know you are going to fail, then fail gloriously.” This is one of her most quoted words. She has stood by this statement of hers, and it is reflected in her performances in movies like The Aviator, Queen Elizabeth and Carol. She is known for trying out diverse roles in Hollywood because she takes the risk of doing so and learning through that experience.
When asked whether she has had relationships with other women, she openly said, without any hesitation – “Yes, many times.” A simple reply yet so strong, isn’t it? Her statement on sexuality actually opens up its problems but makes a bold move to not feel judged by one’s sexuality.
Cate Blanchett took the paparazzi to task at the Oscars, for shooting women in an objectifying manner, taking camera angles which focused on women’s legs and cleavages. She asked the cameraperson – “Do you do that to the guys?” She feels that in Hollywood, people are more concerned about the way actresses dress than their achievements and performances.
In an interview in Vogue Australia, she said, “Women don’t stop consuming cultural products once they stop menstruating.” She is of the opinion that Hollywood should consider more female roles and also include women of all ages. This clearly points out the sexism and ageism existing in Hollywood. In the broader sense, she is able to talk about the issue of how women are considered worthless once they are past their child bearing age.
“And perhaps those of us in the industry who are still foolishly clinging to the idea that female films with women at the center are niche experiences – they are not. Audiences want to see them and, in fact, they earn money. The world is round, people!” When she won the Academy Award for her role in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, her acceptance speech won the hearts of many. This statement made it clear that female roles are popular and that people want to watch it and calls for gender equality.
Check out some more gems from the feisty actor.
“I don’t think about being beautiful or not being beautiful. It’s more about feeling confident inside your own skin really and thinking about yourself as little as possible.” Beautiful, isn’t it?
“I don’t tell the truth, I tell what ought to be the truth.”
“If I had my way, if I was lucky enough, if I could be on the brink my entire life – that great sense of expectation and excitement without the disappointment – that would be the perfect state.”
When Cate Blanchett speaks, she speaks from her heart and it makes sense. It is relatable. That’s the beauty of her bold words.
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