Cate Blanchett says she’s ‘profoundly homesick’ and doesn’t ‘ever want to work again’


Cate Blanchett has revealed that her latest role in new movie Tár was so emotionally and physically draining it left her contemplating retirement. 

Appearing on The Sunday Project this weekend, the 53-year-old Australian actress admitted she considered quitting the industry after the experience. 

‘I think it was because it was such a physical role, the echoes of it are still with me and I think I’m like a lot of audience members, I need time to process it,’ she said of Tár. 

Cate Blanchett (pictured) has revealed that her latest role in new movie Tár was so emotionally and physically draining it left her contemplating retirement

‘Obviously I’m lucky enough to work with some amazing directors who have changed my life, but when it all comes together like that, it does stay with you. 

‘So I don’t ever want to work again,’ she added with a laugh. 

Melbourne-born Cate, who is now based in the US, went on to say she has ‘been profoundly homesick over the last four years’ and dreams of going back to Australia to potter around the garden.   

Appearing on The Sunday Project this weekend, the 53-year-old Australian actress admitted she considered quitting the industry after the experience

Appearing on The Sunday Project this weekend, the 53-year-old Australian actress admitted she considered quitting the industry after the experience

‘I’m very obsessed, as most Australians, obsessed by water. I want to be by the water, in the water,’ she said of her home country. 

‘I would love to learn to be patient, to be still and think.  My grandmother was a wonderful gardener and my mother is likewise an excellent gardener and she lives with us, and I really want to spend time in the garden with my mum.’

Cate then joked that there are ‘millions of people around the world applauding right now’ after hearing of her plans for retirement. 

Melbourne-born Cate, who is now based in the US, went on to say she has 'been profoundly homesick over the last four years' and dreams of going back to Australia to potter around the garden with her mum

Melbourne-born Cate, who is now based in the US, went on to say she has ‘been profoundly homesick over the last four years’ and dreams of going back to Australia to potter around the garden with her mum 

It comes after Cate came under fire for her Golden Globe winning role in the new film Tár.

The star plays Lydia Tár, who, in the film’s plot, rises to become the first-ever female conductor of a German orchestra.

While many have condemned the critically acclaimed film as ‘anti-woman’, because Blanchett’s character is revealed to be a narcissistic bully, Blanchett came to its defence.

It comes after Cate came under fire for her Golden Globe winning role in the new film Tár (pictured). The star plays Lydia Tár, who, in the film's plot, rises to become the first-ever female conductor of a German orchestra

It comes after Cate came under fire for her Golden Globe winning role in the new film Tár (pictured). The star plays Lydia Tár, who, in the film’s plot, rises to become the first-ever female conductor of a German orchestra

The glamorous blonde described the movie, directed by Todd Field, as ‘very provocative’ in an interview with BBC Radio 4, reprinted in The Australian.

Marin Alsop, a real-life conductor, surfaced to condemn the film as ‘anti-woman’.

Marin, 66, who is one of the world’s top female conductors, said in The Australian on Friday: ‘To have an opportunity to portray a woman in that role to make her an abuser, for me that’s heartbreaking.’

Marin Alsop, a real-life conductor, has now surfaced to condemn the critically acclaimed film as 'anti-woman', because Blanchett's character is revealed to be a narcissistic bully. Pictured: Alsop conducting in New York in 2021

Marin Alsop, a real-life conductor, has now surfaced to condemn the critically acclaimed film as ‘anti-woman’, because Blanchett’s character is revealed to be a narcissistic bully. Pictured: Alsop conducting in New York in 2021

Saying that Alsop was entitled to her opinion and that she had the upmost respect for the conductor, Blanchett described the film as ‘a mediation on power and power is genderless’.

She also distanced herself from any accusation that the film used Alsop or any other female conductor as the basis for her character.

Blanchett is tipped to win her second Best Actress Oscar for the role. 

Saying that Alsop was entitled to her opinion and that she had the upmost respect for the conductor, Blanchett described the film as 'a mediation on power and power is genderless'

Saying that Alsop was entitled to her opinion and that she had the upmost respect for the conductor, Blanchett described the film as ‘a mediation on power and power is genderless’



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