When I met with Cate Blanchett recently I had just rushed from covering backstage beauty at the Rodarte fall show, which coincidentally was inspired the actress' home turf: the Australian Outback. If Blanchett hadn't been (graciously) meeting with editors that day to discuss SK-II's latest launch (more about that later), she would have no doubt been sitting front row. "Well, I just got in last night from Sydney," Blanchett said, "but the only show I thought I could catch was the Rodarte girls. I really wanted to go, but I just don’t think I can get there." Missed fashion shows aside, the actress was more than happy to field questions when I turned the conversation to her ever-amazing skin, which is so mind-bogglingly beautiful in person p.s.
"I’m really, really lazy" she said of her skincare regime, "And therefore, I think I don’t adhere necessarily to what’s hot in that particular five seconds. So maybe it’s because of my laziness, but also because if something works for me, I just stick with it. I’m quite simple in that way. And that for me, personally, has paid off." That's why she's been using the SK-II LXP range, which is relaunching with an even more concentrated amount of Pitera (an anti-aging miracle blend of vitamins, amino acids and minerals) and which we came together to discuss. "I’ve been using the LXP forever," she said.
Blanchett hasn't always been so undeviating with her beauty routine. At this point in our conversation, talk turns to memorable haircuts and the actress goes on an amazing tangent. "There’s a woman who runs a convenience store that’s been there forever in King’s Cross in Sydney. And I used to live around the corner from her and she’s got pin curls. And even though she's extraordinary, she’s obviously set her look about 110 years ago. I thought, ‘I don’t want to be one of these people, who looked like they've been frozen in time.'"
Maybe that's why growing up Blanchett took to buzzing off all her hair. "With a number two," she said of her preferred razor length. "When I was at school, I used to shave my hair really close. It was like a Victorian schoolboy haircut. It was just so easy. And for some reason, I’ve let it grow again, but I think I’ll just cut it all off again."
But she'll probably have to wait for her upcoming Terrence Malick films to wrap; she's slated to star alongside Natalie Portman and Christian Bale in two of the "Tree Of Life" director's next movies. Of Malick she says, "He’s one of the true gentleman in that when you spend time with him, your blood slows. His films have changed the way I look at things." She feels just as strongly about the famously reclusive filmmaker's casting choices: "I think the actors he puts together are really interesting." High on her list is one Oscar nominee in particular. "What he unlocked in Jessica Chastain, she’s so talented. And she’s so beautiful. I mean, she’s already done extraordinary things on stage and on screen. The world is her oyster and rightly so. He’s got a wonderful eye in that way, so I’m really excited."
Click through the gallery below to see Blanchett's beauty evolution over the years.