Cate Blanchett takes on Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire

The December issue of Vogue, on newsstands November 24th, features the luminescent Cate Blanchett, as she takes on one of the great dramatic roles of all time: Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire.

Reporter Adam Green interviewed Cate, and says Blanchett “remains a creature of the stage,” and sits down with the self proclaimed “theater geek,” as she opens up about the importance of theater, her career choices and her family.

Cate on the importance of theater:

“In the wake of everything that’s happened in the world in the last eighteen months, we’re thinking about what we’ve lost. So much of the play is about the death of poetry and idealism and hope—the fine, delicate things in our lives, the intangible, ephemeral things in our lives—which theater actually represents, doesn’t it? It’s ephemeral by its very nature. If you’re not there, you miss it. It’s gone.”

On appreciating the sense of stability that staying semi-put and working regular hours has allowed both Blanchett and husband, Andrew Upton, to give their three boys:

“’There are so few experiences in our manicured, nanny-stated existence that have the quality of circus.  Theater still does.’ And so, when the boys aren’t playing with friends, they can usually be found playing backstage.  ‘They’re always engaged in the family business, so to speak.’”


On career choices:

“I’m not very cautious or careful. It’s always been more about having a variety of experiences than any planned trajectory… I think that in a way, projects choose you.”


Geoffrey Rush spoke about Cate Blanchett:

“As an actor, you either work off your own personality, and that’s what you’re peddling, or, like Cate, you draw out from the source material all the many dark, mysterious, and conflicting elements of the character that are going to make it engaging and trilling for the audience.”