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People in Film | Cate Blanchett
Updated March 09, 2011
Whether an English or Elfin queen, Cate Blanchett proves with each role to be cinema royalty.
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Cate Blanchett | A Villain for the Ages
For Cate Blanchett, an actress who seems to relish broaching new territory with every role she plays, portraying Hanna's Marissa Weigler was an opportunity to show a more sinister side. While Blanchett previously played the comic book baddie Colonel-Doctor Irina Spalko in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Weigler – the ice-cold CIA agent ruthlessly pursuing Saoirse Ronan's Hanna – is a villain for the ages, a chillingly real character who conveys a palpable sense of evil. Wiegler’s existence revolves around “the telling of lies and the holding of secrets,” says Blanchett. “Finding Hanna starts out as a professional necessity, but becomes pathological for her. She wants to possess this child; it’s a bit like the Wicked Witch from the Hansel and Gretel story.”