Cate Blanchett: said she would rather be called an actor than an actress, a statement the Hollywood star made on Wednesday.
The Australian actor’s statement comes after the controversial decision taken at the Venice Film Festival. She is heading the jury at the Venice Film Festival, and the decision to only give the best actor award and not other gendered prizes made her speak what she feels about it.
What does she have to say regarding being called an actor and not an actress?
Cate Blanchett was asked about the move towards gender-neutral prizes, which was hours before the 10-day COVID-restricted Venice jamboree began. To this, she said – ” I have always referred to myself as an actor. I am of the generation where the world actress was used almost always in a pejorative sense. So I claim the other space.”
According to her, “good performance is a good performance no matter The sexual orientation of who is making them.” The Oscar winner reporters even asked her about the female equivalent of the Italian word “maestro” in order to prove her point. To this, they were told there wasn’t.
Blanchett has been slammed by feminists for the ‘toxic masculinity’ of its selection, as she is taking the helm at Venice. This was done in a year when a large number of female directors were eyeing for the top prize. Venice had to face criticism for preferring only one female film-maker for competing in the Golden Lion in the years 2017 and 2018.
The 51-year old has become a major figure in Hollywood gender politics. When Roman Polanski, wanted for the rape of a 13-year old, won the festival’s second prize for his historical drama, this created greater fury. But in the later run-up to the festival, Blanchett revealed that eight female directors were selected for the first major film gathering since coronavirus struck. She said this was “a direct response to the positive advances that have been made.”
Cate Blanchett has been involving herself in these matters, especially after the MeToo movement was sparked by the Harvey Weinstein scandal. She even led a red-carpet protest two years ago, for equality between female stars and directors at the rival Cannes Film Festival