Today in Sydney, Australia, actress Cate Blanchett looked as healthy as a horse, a very pregnant horse. “People often talk about pregnancy as if it’s an illness, don’t they, and the thing is I’m very fortunate to feel disgustingly well,” the 38-year-old actress told reporters on the red carpet at the city’s Theater Company, where an advance screening of her latest film, I’m Not There, was being shown. (The screening was reportedly arranged to benefit the theatrical organization, which wants to be able to sell 20 tickets for $20.)
“[My husband, director Andrew Upton] and I really want to find a way to make cheaper tickets available across all productions and we’ll be looking for a corporate partner to be able to do that in 2008,” Ms. Blanchett told The Sunday Telegraph. “I think a lot more people would go if they felt they could afford to go so we’re kicking off the initiative [with Blackbird] and hoping to extend the twenty-for-twenty idea further. I think generally theatre is very expensive for a lot of people [so hopefully this will] make it available to the wider community and invite new audiences in.” Blackbird is a play she is directing for the Sydney Theater Company; it explores childhood sexual abuse.