Cate Blanchett is one of our favorite actresses of all time, so needless to say we are super excited that she will be starring in Thor: Ragnarok as Hela. Not only is Blanchett sure to be an iconic villain for the Marvel Universe, but actress and legendary stuntwoman Zoe Bell performed stunts as Cate’s stunt double for the movie. Talk about a perfect duo!
We got the chance to hear from both Blanchett and Bell at a roundtable on the set of Thor: Ragnarok, and here is what they had to say about each other, their co-workers, and what it’s like being a villain in the Marvel Universe.
Cate on Zoe:
“To have her as a resource and a partner in creating this whole thing has been great. And I think as a result, under her tutelage, I’ve been able to do a lot more of that physical stuff than I thought.”
Zoe on stunt work with Cate:
“She’s clearly an expert in her field, which has been amazing for me for my own personal reasons. I’ve been just absorbing sponge like the whole time but she seems really comfortable with me being considered the expert.”
Zoe also gushed about collaborating with Cate, calling it “a really satisfying process.”
Cate on Chris Hemsworth, who openly expressed his admiration for Cate at his roundtable interview:
“I came in a little later than Mark [Ruffalo] and Tessa [Thompson], Tom [Hiddleston] and Chris [Hemsworth] had started. And so I said, ‘Could I see some dailies?’ just so I could get a sense of the tone … I knew Taika was directing it. And I was riveted. I thought, ‘Wow, it’s like Chris has harnessed all the energy of the previous film and is using that, then also subverting it … it was really thrilling to watch.”
Glad to hear the feeling is mutual!
Cate on what motivates her character, Hela:
“Well, she’s been banished for a very long time and I think if you were … under the Asgardian stairs for 5,000 years, you’d be a little bit cross.”
Fair enough, Cate! 😂
Cate on whether or not she feels pressure being a Marvel villain:
“I didn’t feel pressure. I was super excited because … it’s like with any film, whether it’s an action film or a really small indie drama, it depends on who’s looking down the lens and when it’s Taika, that for me, was a really exciting thing,” she added.
Zoe on portraying a Marvel villain alongside Cate:
“I loved it. I thought it was awesome … I did a lot of looking at Hela and most of it has been all about me watching Cate because Cate is creating Hela — I guess we are creating Hela — but [I’ve been] watching how she moves and what she does with her nails and her fingers and how she stands and, even like personality quirks that she’s bringing in … if I can incorporate any of that, it’s just better for the project.”
Let’s not forget about the humor that director Taika Waititi is turning up in Thor: Ragnarok:
“That’s what I love about the Marvel Universe, how it exists in the film world, is that it knows when to put its tongue in its cheek, and I think that that’s great. I think that’s what makes it fun. It knows when, it’s doing something grand and comically, and, in terms of the comic book universe: important. But it also knows when it needs to send itself up. And Taika’s got this rare … ability to be at once really cruel and incredibly daggy, you know,” said Cate.
Of course, someone had to ask what “daggy” means: “It’s quirky, it’s kind of a quirky, dorky, nerdy,” Cate gathered. Sounds about right!
And finally, Cate’s thoughts on being part of Thor: Ragnarok and her first Marvel movie:
“I always wanted to enter into a world — it’s far more exciting when you don’t know anything about it … That is the way I like to enter into work … It was exactly what I was looking for. It’s been a real tonic actually.”
We have loved everything we have heard about Thor: Ragnarok thus far, and now we seriously already love this incredible partnership between Cate and Zoe! We cannot wait to see it in action. What are you most excited for about Thor: Ragnarok?