Catherine Élise "Cate" Blanchett
(born in 1969) is an award-winning Australian actress and stage director who burst onto the international stage in 1998 in an Oscar-nominated performance as Queen Elizabeth I
Her most high-profile role since has been that of the elf queen Galadriel in Peter Jackson
's The Lord of the Rings
trilogy, but she has also played Bob Dylan
in I'm Not There
, Daisy in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
, Katharine Hepburn
in The Aviator
opposite Leonardo DiCaprio
(for which she won her first Academy Award
for Best Supporting Actress, making her the first actor to win an Oscar for playing a real-life Oscar winner), Sheba Hart in Notes on a Scandal
with Judi Dench
, the completely awesome Lady Marion Loxley in Robin Hood (2010)
, Colonel-Doctor Irina Spalko in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
and Jasmine Francis in Blue Jasmine
, for which she won her second Academy Award, this time for Best Actress.
She is known for her smoky voice and ethereal, almost elfin face as well as her tremendous talent and ability with accents. Meryl Streep
has listed her as one of her favorite actresses currently working, and she has been called multiple times "the greatest actress of her generation."
This actress contains examples of:
- The Cameo: In Hot Fuzz — not only uncredited but also masked.
- Dye Hard: She may well have gone through the entire spectrum of hair colours in her roles.
- Fake American: Many of her roles.
- Fake Brit: Very often plays English characters.
- Fake French: As Claire Simone in The Monuments Men.
- Fake Irish: When she played the title role in Veronica Guerin
- Fake Russian: In Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Her accent was noted to be pretty accurate.
- The High Queen: Her roles as Elizabeth I and Galadriel. People tend to see her as this offscreen as well, despite her many and varied roles, and tendancy to drop F-bombs.
- Land Down Under
- One of Us: She took the role of Galadriel so she could wear pointy ears, kept them, and had them bronzed.
- Rapunzel Hair: Although she normally wears her hair short, three of her most famous roles (Galadriel, Queen Elizabeth, and Lady Marion Loxley) also have her with hair worn well past her waist.
- Shakespearean Actor: Not with the RSC but has the classical background training and, yes, did Shakespeare, including Miranda (The Tempest) and Ophelia (Hamlet) - and also the "redoubtable acting skillz."
- Sweet on Polly Oliver: Her role as Bob Dylan in I'm Not There created rather a few drag-king fetishes.
- Uncanny Valley: She uses this to excellent effect in her portrayal of Galadriel through a combination of visual effects (a special spotlight that gave her dozens of points of eye shine compared to the single points of everyone else) and her actual performance. Whenever on camera something seems just off about Galadriel, and for good reason: she's the only Elf in the film who has been to Valinor, and literally lives in two worlds at once.