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Cate Blanchett reveals the reason she never watches herself on screen


Cate Blanchett never watches herself on screen.

The 52-year-old actress was asked if she watches her work back she claimed that she simply ‘gives over trust’ to her director.

She said: ‘No! … When you’re working with someone like Guillermo del Toro, you have to give over trust. You think, ‘Has he got what he needs? He knows what he’s doing.”‘

Cate Blanchett says she never watches herself on screen and her husband Andrew Upton reassures her when she becomes ‘panicked’ over a new role

However, Cate – who is married to playwright Andrew Upton and has Dashiell , Edith, Ignatius and Roman with him – added that she finds it very hard to quickly get in character for a new role feels ‘panicked’ every time she prepares for a new role.

Speaking on the ‘Smartless’ podcast, she confessed: ‘It’s desperation, it’s panic. You’ve got to do something. … The night before [filming something new] I’m always saying to my husband “how do I do this?” and he’s saying “you’ll be fine.”

Cate added that she relies on the director’s notes because of the lack of rehearsal time compared to from her background in theatre.

Cate recently received the Honorary Cesar award during the 47th Cesar Film Awards Ceremony in Paris

Cate recently received the Honorary Cesar award during the 47th Cesar Film Awards Ceremony in Paris

She explained: ‘You talk to the director, but you don’t actually get to rehearse. I’m used to rehearsal [in theatre]. I am slow, slow, slow. I need those six weeks and those previews to go: that wasn’t funny, that doesn’t work, we need to lose this thing because I don’t know what it means.’

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

‘So that’s the conversation I have with the director. If this is the wrong direction, I’m so happy to change it, but you’ve got to do something. Often it’s not until you’ve gone in the wrong direction that you know what the right direction is.’

Cate recently received the Honorary Cesar award during the 47th Cesar Film Awards Ceremony in Paris.

She became emotional as she took to the stage to accept the Honorary Cesar award.

In her early 50s, Cate is the second youngest recipient of the prize, which is the highest honour presented by the prestigious Film at Lincoln Center, one of the major arts organisations in the US.

The award, which was founded in 1972 and is named after Charlie Chaplin, is given to recognise the career and contribution of artists who left their mark on the medium.

Esteemed: Cate has received major prizes from all over 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 prizes from all over 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 include Helen Mirren, Meryl Streep, Robert de Niro and Tom Hanks.

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

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

Cate has worked tirelessly for the last 25 years racking up dozens of credits in theatre, film and TV.

Cate has received major awards from all over 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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