Cate Blanchett reveals the reason why she never watches herself on screen

Cate Blanchett says she never watches herself onscreen and gets advice from husband Andrew Upton when she gets ‘freaked out’ about a new role

Cate Blanchett never watches herself on screen.

The 52-year-old actress was asked if she looked back on her work, she claimed she “just gives confidence” to her director.

She said no! … When you work with someone like Guillermo del Toro, you have to give confidence. You think, ‘Does he have what he needs? He knows what he’s doing.”‘

Cate Blanchett says she never watches herself onscreen and husband Andrew Upton reassures her when she gets ‘freaked out’ about new role

However, Cate – who is married to playwright Andrew Upton and has Dashiell, Edith, Ignatius and Roman with him – added that she was having great difficulty getting into character for a new role quickly, feeling “freaked out” at each time she prepares for a new role.

Speaking on the ‘Smartless’ podcast, she confessed: ‘It’s desperation, it’s panic. You must do something. …the night before [filming something new] I always say to my husband “how can I do that?” and he says “it’s going to be fine”.

Cate added that she relies on the director’s notes due to the lack of rehearsal time compared to her experience in theater.

Cate recently received the César d'honneur at the 47th César du cinema ceremony in Paris

Cate recently received the César d’honneur at the 47th César du cinema ceremony in Paris

She explained, “You talk to the director, but you can’t actually rehearse. I used to repeat [in theatre]. I’m slow, slow, slow. I need these six weeks and these previews: it wasn’t funny, it doesn’t work, we have to lose this thing because I don’t know what it means.’

The way I can do that is to say, “look, I’m going to do this, and if it’s rubbish, you tell me.”

“So that’s the conversation I have with the director. If it’s not the right direction, I’m so happy to change it, but you have to do something. A lot of times it’s only when you’re gone in the wrong direction you know which is the right direction.

Cate recently received the César d’honneur at the 47th César du cinema ceremony in Paris.

She became emotional when she took the stage to accept the Honorary Cesar Award.

In her early 50s, Cate is the second-youngest recipient of the award, which is the highest honor bestowed by the prestigious Film at Lincoln Center, one of America’s premier arts organizations.

The award, which was founded in 1972 and is named after Charlie Chaplin, is given to recognize the careers and contributions of artists who have left their mark on the medium.

Esteemed: Cate has received major awards from around the world, including two Oscars, three BAFTAs, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, an Order of Australia and in France a Chevalier, for her contribution to the arts

Esteemed: Cate has received major awards from around the world, including two Oscars, three BAFTAs, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, an Order of Australia and in France a Chevalier, for her contribution to the arts

The prize has been awarded 47 times. Previous winners are Helen Mirren, Meryl Streep, Robert de Niro and Tom Hanks.

Announcing the news in The Hollywood Reporter on Feb. 18, a Film at Lincoln Center spokesperson said it would be a privilege to dedicate an evening of celebration to Cate.

‘Mrs. Blanchett’s career includes extraordinary performances in films ranging from small independent efforts to major studio franchises.

Cate has worked tirelessly over the past 25 years, racking up dozens of theater, film and television credits.

Cate has received major awards from around the world, including two Oscars, three BAFTAs, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, an Order of Australia and in France a Chevalier, for her contribution to the arts.

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