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.
Is there a satisfaction in playing a fantastical character?
CB: It’s a different challenge because you still want to believe the character is real. And particularly with a character like Hela, who comes out of nowhere. It’s not like she’s appeared quietly in a couple of other films. Some people have knowledge of her. Some people won’t actually know her at all. So you have to strike a balance between those fans who do know her and those who do not. You can be mysterious for them but also give enough information of back story so that you understand why the character does what she or he does because I think the best villains are always those that you kind of love but hate what they do. You sort of understand it. There’s a logic to it. They’re just not completely nuts. There’s an incredible, fantastic element to Hela but you still want there to be an outline of a person in there that people can grasp onto.