In an era where social media stardom is giving many aspiring models, actresses and socialites a skyrocketed path to fame, the era of ‘the selfie’ is still an uncomfortable and unimaginable phenomenon for some.
In a recent interview with Yahoo Beauty, Cate Blanchett divulged truisms about ageing in hollywood, self worth and the bane of her existence – selfies.
The actress was at a loss as to why “adults are participating in that s–t. There is so much great stuff on social media, I don’t want to be on a soap box about it.”
“People constantly are taking pictures of ourselves to send them to people to see if they like me, ‘Do they like me?’”
The star said of course she understands wanting people to appreciate your work, but it’s a sense of self worth that’s missing in this social media charged era.
“Of course you want people to go see the film that you make, of course you want them to enjoy them. But I’m not out there saying, ‘Do they like the way I look?’… You have to say, ‘This is what I’m doing right now.'”
Whilst she accepts the use of social media as a tool for good in some instances, she laments the idea that it can be a platform for jealously, self esteem issues and over-compensating.
“Comes back to self-respect,” Blanchett said. “It’s this huge thing. ‘Like me! Like me!.’ The like and the dislike is just totally primary schoolyard.”
As with many females in Hollywood today, she reveals that walking the red carpet is not as glamorous as outsiders expect.
“Look, I understand, people get really excited about it,” Blanchett said. “The dresses are incredible. Unless you go to a Cotillion ball in the South, when do you get a chance to wear them except to these pageants?
“But when it takes over and then you’re asked to stand on this 360-degree camera, stick your toes into some device so they can beam your bunions around the world, it’s like, ‘No thank you.’ And when men talk about your clothes above your actual achievement, it’s a bit, you know…”