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.
Tell us about Valkyrie and Tessa Thompson.
CB: I saw Tessa in Creed and I was blown away by the film and everyone in it. But I thought Tessa was so compelling and powerful and mysterious, and had created a really unusual character with its own weight. I was really intrigued by her. So I was really excited that she was working on this. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to do a lot together.