Australian actress Cate Blanchett asked to be called an actor, not an actress. It was reported by The Guardian.
The artist performed against gender barriers at the Venice Film Festival, which she heads. Thus, Blanchett supported the decision of the Berlin Film Festival to end gender awards and keep the Best Actor nomination.
“I belong to a generation where the word actress has always been used in a derogatory sense. I have always called myself an actor”.
As Gazeta.ru notes, the Venice Film Festival has been accused of sexism more than once. Thus, in 2017 and 2018, only one female director was chosen to participate in the Golden Lion competition. In 2019, a scandal erupted over the fact that the award was received by the Polish-French director Roman Polanski, who is wanted in the United States for the rape of a 13-year-old girl.
In 2020, eight female directors took part in the competition. The Australian actress saw this as “a direct response to the positive steps that have been taken”.