During a recent trip to Rome to promote her project, The House with a Clock in Its Walls, Cate Blanchett, who plays a grey-haired witch in the film, divulged to reporters what she would do if she had magic powers of her own.
"I would make sure that everyone of the age 18 and up registers to vote in the American midterm elections," Blanchett said. "I come from a country where voting in a democracy is compulsory. And I think freedom is a responsibility that is fast becoming a massive responsibility." She added: "I don't know why the rest of the world can't vote in American elections, because it affects us all."
The Australian actress also had the opportunity to gush about one of her favorite Hollywood legends when asked by The Hollywood Reporter about wanting to play the iconic Lucile Ball in the upcoming Amazon film Lucy & Desi. "I've long been obsessed by Lucile Ball. Who hasn't? I mean she's not only an actress, as a comedian, as a producer, as a parent, as a force of nature within Hollywood," said Blanchett, after pulling Ball's signature cross-eyed face contortion. "You step onto a film set in America and the male and female bathrooms on a film set are called Desi and Lucy. Such is her influence."