Cate Blanchett Shuts Down This Reporter's "Serious Question"

Cate Blanchett is on a crusade. She’s already the emblem of #AskHerMore campaign, after a red carpet cameraman panned up her dress and she asked, “Do you do that to the guys?” Then, during her Oscar acceptance speech for Best Actress in “Blue Jasmine,” she made a statement on behalf of female protagonists everywhere. “The world is round, people!”

Now, she’s not going to sit idle as reporters ask nonsense questions about her latest role as the evil stepmother in Cinderella. For his “serious question,” this reporter decided to ask, “How did you get that cat to do what you wanted to do on a leash?”

She smiles, and gets up to shake his hand. “Nice to meet you!” Cate Blanchett has no time for your cat questions. Reporters, take note: next time you say “serious question,” make it worthwhile.

To be fair, the entire interview leading up to this moment is hilarious, as Blanchett and this reporter pretend they're on a speed date and end up talking about vodka, what inspired Blanchett to do this role, and the chemistry between Cinderella and Prince Charming. The lead-up doesn't make Blanchett's incredulity at the end any less real, but it does show she and the reporter had a rapport. Also, can we say this woman is incredibly sharp? Please let her do a dark comedic role soon.