Catherine Elise Blanchett AC is an Australian actress and theatre director.
Conventional wisdom holds that Cate Blanchett is one of the world’s greatest living performers, but one person who disagrees with that is Cate Blanchett, who thinks she’s pretty terrible most of the time (her words, not ours). Marc and Cate try to get to the bottom of why she’s so hard on herself despite her many career accomplishments. They discuss The Lord of the Rings, playing Bob Dylan, why her hair fell out when she played Blanche DuBois, why Al Pacino is her hero, and why she took on the story of Phyllis Schlafly in Mrs. America. This episode is sponsored by Patreon and Pataday Once Daily Relief.
She's been on the "Happy Sad Confused" bucket list for some time and finally we're thrilled to say Cate Blanchett is on the show! The two time Oscar winner joins Josh to discuss her amazing performance in the new FX on Hulu series, "Mrs. America" plus her favorite comfort movie, Bi Gan's "Long Day's Journey Into Night". Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oscar winning star Cate Blanchett invites Mariella to her home in the South Downs to peruse her bookshelves. After being greeted at the door by Doug the Pug, the pair settle down to discuss Cate’s most loved books, discovering the role they’ve played throughout her life – whether as part of her Australian childhood or influencing her performances on stage and screen. In her picture book choice you’ll meet the Bunyip – a mythological creature whose story she loved so much she now reads it to her children. Then there’s the Russian magic realist classic that she found super sexy, and the brutal love story she sees as an ode to her homeland. Mariella and Cate find reoccurring themes; from gender politics to sexual harassment, cruelty within love, romance and the evolution of feminism. The pair move on to discuss the #MeToo movement, how to manage success as a woman and the perils of social media when it comes to sexual abuse claims. Their witty and thought-provoking chat dives deep into Cate’s life and thoughts, even briefly bagging Mariella a new job as Cate’s personal shrink. Cate’s choices: The book that… … She’s read to all her children: ‘The Bunyip of Berkeley’s Creek’ by Jenny Wagner, 1975 ... Is her childhood favourite: ‘The Magic Far Away Tree’ by Enid Blyton, 1943 … Bends her mind: ‘Aftermath’ by Rachel Cusk, 2012 … She revisited after decades: ‘The First Stone: Some questions about sex and power’ by Helen Garner, 1995 … Broke her heart: ‘A Manual for Cleaning Women’ by Lucia Berlin, 2015 … She was ambushed by: ‘The Watch Tower’ by Elizabeth Harrow, 1966 … Is brutally romantic: ‘Voss’ by Patrick White, 1957 … She finds totally bizarre: ‘The Master and Margarita’ by Mikhail Bulgakov, 1967 Presenter and Executive Producer: Mariella Frostrup Producer: Sera Baker Music: Matt Clifford at Music and Voices TBI Media Production for BBC Sounds
Cate Blanchett talks about starring in Woody Allen's new film Blue Jasmine. Plus the Box Office Top 10 and Mark's reviews of the week's new releases including Diana, R.I.P.D., The Call and Cold Comes The Night.
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May 14th, 1969
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4 hours, 16 minutes