• "I can't imagine becoming big-headed about my
success," says Blanchett. "I think I'm so thrilled
simply to be in the position where I am now that I
wouldn't know how to be arrogant or obnoxious to people.
I worry about the pressure sometimes but so far I don't
feel stressed by my career. I don't panic every time I'm
offered a big role and wonder whether I should take the
money or do a smaller film that is more to my liking.
Lately I've been able to do all sorts of films - big and
small - and I couldn't be happier. "
• "I'm very interested in the ephemerality of the
theater. It's like falling in love, really. People talk
about those gossamer days when they first me the love f
their life. I think the same thing happens in theater.
Every night 300 or 400 or 500 people are going to see
something that's only going to happen once. It's a bit
like a cloudscape--it's never exactly the same.
• "Every single time you start a film, it's like the
first day of school. It's good to have that edge to
• "And I hope I've got hundreds and hundreds and
hundreds of laugh lines."
• "The more successful your position becomes, the more
important it is to take risks and embrace the right to
• "I would rather commit euthanasia on my career than
let my life slip away from me. Having said that, I must
say that I'm not ready to kill my career just yet. I'm
having too much fun."
• "In the Elizabethan Age, life was so short, experience
so heightened. I think it's naive to think the
Elizabethans didn't feel raging desire and anxiety."
• "Actresses can get outrageously precious about the way
they look. That's not what life's about. If you starve
yourself to the point where your brain cells shrivel,
you will never do good work. And if you're overly
conscious of your arms flapping in the wind, how can you
look the other actor in the eye to respond to them?"
• "Once I was at an awards ceremony a few years ago and
there was this ramp up to the stage and I spent the
whole night praying, praying that I wouldn't win. I
didn't! I as so happy! I didn't have to deal with the
• "[Connie is] the goodness in the film. Her sense of
self lies in the world she has created, her cushions,
the family, and the certainty that she and her husband
share an unconditional love. Of course, ultimately she
sill ends up like Munch's 'The Scream'"-- about
character in "Pushing Tin"
• "I don't want to do things out of some sense of
desperation that the work might dry up"
• "I go into home ware stores and I pick up whisks, and
I just think, 'Oh, What if one day I could own a
whisk-and a full set of cutlery.' People must think I'm
• "I can walk down the street and it's good, because ..
If you're part of life, you can still represent it."
• "I find theater incredibly humbling because the bald
moments are so clear and the moments which soar are so
glittering. You absolutely need to deliver."
• "People say, 'My God, This has all happened so
quickly,' and I understand what they're saying when they
talk about this. They're talking about the films I've
done, but the steps to me have been incremental."