Cate Blanchett on Acting: ‘It’s Time for Me to Stop’

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In Where’d You Go Bernadette, Richard Linklater’s adaptation of Maria Semple’s 2012 novel, Cate Blanchett plays the titular role, an architect and mother on the verge of an existential artistic crisis. Back in February, Blanchett hinted at a minor existential crisis of her own in an interview with Julia Roberts, where she told Roberts she was thinking about quitting acting.

“Maybe it’s just time to stop,” she mused, with Roberts immediately replying, “Stop saying that!” Blanchett continued, “No, but it really is. I have to go onstage in my underwear yet again, and I’m thinking, ‘Why? Why don’t I just feed the chickens and read Proust?’”

At last night’s premiere of Bernadette at New York’s Metrograph, we asked Blanchett if she was serious about wanting to throw in the towel and become a chicken-herding Proust scholar. “Oh, yeah,” she said. “It’s time for me to stop. Totally. Absolutely. And I’m sure audiences around the world, when they see this film, will say, ‘Oh, yes. It’s definitely time for her to stop.’ I apologize in advance.”

Near devastated, Vulture asked for clarification: Does she just always feel this way after wrapping a movie? “Oh, yeah, every time,” she said. So what keeps her going? “It’s because really interesting people like Richard Linklater and Maria Semple say, ‘Do you want to work with me?’ And I say, ‘Of course I want to talk to you!’” Blanchett said.

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