Cate Blanchett Q&A: ‘Carol’
"Every word was a potential time bomb. Every conversation was going fishing to see if you could catch the meaning of what the other person was saying," reveals Cate Blanchett about her new film "Carol." Based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith and adapted by Phyllis Nagy, the romantic movie set in 1952 is about an unhappily married woman (Blanchett) and her developing relationship with a young shop clerk (Rooney Mara) in New York City.
In our recent interview, Blanchett adds, "It's really an electric way to work, and I think that all great love stories work that way. One of my all-time favorite films, 'Brief Encounter,' definitely works that way because there are a lot of silences when the feeling is so deep that language just dribbles away."
Blanchett is a two-time Oscar winner who could well be on a path to win a third Academy Award for this role. Her two trophies were for Best Supporting Actress in "The Aviator" (2004) and Best Actress in "Blue Jasmine" (2013). Only six people have achieved that mark in acting — Ingrid Bergman, Walter Brennan, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, and four-timer Katharine Hepburn, who Blanchett portrayed in her first winning role. What does she think about possibly joining that exclusive group. She says, "It's impossible. It's lovely to even have that talked about, but the first port of call is that it finds an audience."
Along with her two victories, Blanchett has received four other Academy Award nominations for "Elizabeth" (1998), "Notes on a Scandal" (2006), "I'm Not There" (2007), and "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" (2007). Other films in her career have included "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, "The Talented Mr. Ripley," "Bandits," "The Shipping News," "The Missing," "Babel," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Cinderella," and "Truth."