Cate Blanchett, otherwise known for her role in Lord of the Rings as Galadriel, fair lady of light, has taken on an exciting role in Marvel’s latest film, Thor: Ragnarok. When you’re playing a character known as the Goddess of Death, you’re allowed a bit of mischief and mayhem, and from what we’ve seen in the movie trailers so far (effectively halting Thor’s hammer, NBD), Blanchett has had a lot of fun tapping into the dark side of Hela.
The Asgardian Goddess of Death Hela is based on Norse goddess Hel, and is also the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first female villain (didn’t notice that? Director Taika Waititi pointed it out.) In this Marie Claire Malaysia exclusive interview, Cate Blanchett talks about bringing Marvel’s first major female villain to life.
Who is Hela?
Cate Blanchett: When Taika and I first met, we talked about our favorite images and our favorite moments, and we talked about the potential. That’s what really excited me about working with Taika because when you look at any of the Marvel characters they do have a framework. There’s a very basic silhouette that gets molded over the decades. But it’s quite malleable and porous and open to be stretched and changed and evolved.
And hopefully that’s what the fan base loves about the difference between reading a comic and then seeing how they’re going to be brought to life in this particular version of events. And I liked that Taika was really open to all the possibilities of her. We agreed that we didn’t want her to be predictable, and we were open to the random sides of her.
I think that that’s a really interesting place to start as a character and as an entry into the film because in the beginning you don’t know who she is except that she and Odin seem to know one another very well.