Don’t expect to see Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett on social media anytime soon – or ever, really.
The actress has most certainly not jumped on the selfie bandwagon.
“People constantly are taking pictures of ourselves to send them to people to see if they like me, ‘Do they like me?’ ” she said during an interview with Yahoo! Beauty. “It’s pathetic, the whole thing about people worrying about what other people are going to think.”
Blanchett, 46, thinks the obsession stems back to a lack of self-respect.
“The like and the dislike is just totally primary schoolyard. I cannot for the life of me work out why adults are participating in that s—,” she said.
The star, who’s back in theaters with Truth on Oct. 16, admits that there’s a bright side to posting online, though.
“I think it’s a genuine way to build community and, we tell ourselves we live in democracies, but really the media runs a lot of the way opinions are formed. Look at the way the election cycle is dictated,” Blanchett said. “It’s like a circus run by the media. There’s a subversive quality to the Internet, and I do think there’s a genuine ability to connect.”
But that doesn’t mean she’ll reconsider her position Facebook, Twitter and the like.
“It divides people really quickly and sets up rivalry and jealousy and a sense of: ‘The life over there is better than the life over here.’ ”
The actress also takes issue with the red carpet’s plethora of mani cams and 360-degree fashion booths.
“Look, I understand, people get really excited about it,” she said of the awards show staples, adding, “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 …”
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The Blue Jasmine star said she even feels bogged down by her email. After a several-day hiatus from her inbox, she said she felt “panicked” by the plethora of messages she’d missed.
“I probably do miss out on a lot of stuff – I probably go to less parties than I would like.”