You will be redirected back to your article in seconds
Cate Blanchett Talks Gender Equity in
Cate Blanchett Talks Gender Equity in

Cate Blanchett Talks Gender Equity in the Industry: 'Change Is Not Really Polite'

For her Variety Uncovered interview, Cate Blanchett shared her thoughts on topics ranging from the Cannes Film Festival, over which she is presiding, to changes in the industry regarding women to the future of the movie business.

“Change is not really polite and nice at first,” she said, of the recent movement surrounding gender equity issues in the industry. “I feel like the dam has broken. There were cracks in the dam for an incredibly long time and we were trying to put putty on them and, ‘We can hold this together.'”

“But it’s not just women, it’s also men, it’s also people of different sexual persuasions,” she continued. “Our job is yes, to be creative, but one of our primary jobs as artists is to be fearless. And I think we’re fearlessly examining the issues in our industry.”

She added that she felt we are in a “particularly violent place towards women and have been for the past decade or so,” but that women have achieved a lot — “though universal suffrage was quite a long time ago.”

“I feel like we’ve let a lot of things go as women, and we’ve put up with a lot of things for a long time, but the dam has broken. And I don’t think there’s any point in putting it back up,” she said.

“In the best possible way, women have stopped being patient.”

Watch the full interview above.

More Uncovered

  • chris hemsworth variety Cover Story

    Chris Hemsworth Talks 'Men in Black' and Playing Hulk Hogan in Upcoming Biopic

    In Variety’s latest cover story, Chris Hemsworth opened up about tackling back-to-back blockbusters with “Avengers: Endgame” and the upcoming “Men in Black: International,” in which he stars opposite Tessa Thompson. “I had just come off of ‘Avengers,’ and I was looking for another sort of fantasy larger-than-life driven sort of entertaining film, and this came [...]

  • George Clooney (L) and Christophr Abbot

    George Clooney Watched 'Girls' 'Religiously' but Christopher Abbott Hasn't Seen 'ER'

    For this week’s cover story, “Catch-22” co-stars George Clooney and Christopher Abbott sat down with Variety to discuss their upcoming Hulu miniseries and overall body of work. Abbott admitted he has never seen “ER,” which Clooney starred in. Clooney, on the other hand, said he watched Abbott’s HBO series “Girls” “religiously.” Abbott said “Solaris” is [...]

  • Bette Midler: Climate Change is 'The

    Bette Midler: Climate Change Is 'the Most Important Story of the Age'

    Bette Midler turned her worries into action. “I think that climate change is real and I think that it’s actually the most important story of the age,” the Power of Women honoree told Variety. “I also worry very much about the oceans and the fact that there’s so much plastic in the oceans now, and [...]

Most Popular

Access exclusive content