Cate Blanchett Reveals How She Viewed the ‘Cinderella’ Role

Cate Blanchett says playing a villain is “fantastic.”

“I said, it wasn't a fairy tale that I actually gravitated towards,” she told ABC News’ Nick Watt. When Watt asked her why, she replied: “Because I found the central female character really passive.”

This isn’t that Cinderella.

In the Disney retelling of the classic tale that the company first brought to theaters in 1950, Cinderella is loving and kind, but also smart and in control of her own destiny.

Blanchett, 45, enjoyed playing the villain, describing it as “fantastic.”

People get “socialized out of all these mean, cruel things,” she said, adding that people would have this “vicarious experience … through the villain.”

“Cinderella” opens in theaters March 13.