During the launch of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, Cate Blanchett was one of those actresses who didn’t have much to say, but her name did appeared on Time’s Up’s list of supporters. But later on, she had us all confused about what side she was on by coming out in support of Woody Allen. Cate recently spoke to Variety, and she made it very clear what side she’s on. She also walked back her support of Woody just a teensy-tiny bit.
Cate says she’s really fired up about women’s rights and representation in Hollywood. She notes how bummed she was at the 50th anniversary ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival, in which only one female director – The Piano’s Jane Campion – stood in a sea of men. This year Cate will be the Cannes jury’s president, only the 12th woman to do so in its 71-year history. Cate says Hollywood can’t go back to “ground zero” in this post-#MeToo/Time’s Up era.
“This conversation has been had by so many individual women in isolated places for decades. What is different now is the collective, cross-industry nature of this movement.” At the same, she stresses that there’s still much to be done to level the playing field, be that on set, on-screen or in executive suites.
Do I even need to mention that the term “executive suites” is what leads us to Cate’s feelings about Harvey Weinstein? Cate has worked with Harvey on several films, starting with The Talented Mr. Ripley and most recently with Carol. Variety asked Cate if Harvey ever sexually harassed her or was ever inappropriate with her. She said yes and elaborated a little further:
“With me, yes. I think he really primarily preyed, like most predators, on the vulnerable. I mean I got a bad feeling from him…He would often say to me, ‘We’re not friends’ [because] I wouldn’t do what he was asking me to do.”
Cate wouldn’t say what he asked her to do, but she did say she hopes he goes to jail. She added that she really thinks it’s important for people to be tried through the judicial system.
And about Woody, when Cate last spoke about the always-resurfacing allegations against him, she said she wasn’t familiar with them when she signed on for Blue Jasmine, and that it was her understanding that everything had been sorted out in court. She also said she’d support the case going back to court. Cate’s feelings are a little similar, again stating that she wasn’t aware of the allegations when she signed on. But this time, it sounds like she’s more on Team Back To Court.
“Obviously, Dylan Farrow has been living in a world of pain, and if the case has not been properly tried, then it needs to be reopened and go back into court because that’s a place where those things get solved.”
About working with Woody again, Cate says: “I had a very productive time working with Woody, and he has written some of the most extraordinary roles for women.” But adds that the bigger headline should be whether or not the case is going back to trial. Okay, but she still didn’t answer if she would work with Woody again. It sounds like she might? Either way, Woody hop to it and get typing on some chatty dialogue. Because it sounds like the only thing standing in Cate’s way isn’t a moral obligation, but seeing Woody’s squinty face on a future episode of Cold Case Files.
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