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EXCLUSIVE: Cate Blanchett on Being Marvel's First Female Villain, Explains Why Chris Hemsworth Is a 'Saint'

by Elizabeth Stanton 2:40 PM PDT, July 23, 2017
Playing EXCLUSIVE: Cate Blanchett on Being Marvel's First Female Villain, Explains Why Chris Hemsworth Is a 'Saint'

Cate Blanchett makes bad look so, so good.

The Thor: Ragnarok star talked with ET's Kevin Frazier on the red carpet following the Marvel panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday about being the first real female villain in the Marvel universe.

"I only realized that really when I got on set and you think, 'Wow! It's taken this long to catch up!'" she said of her role as Hela, a goddess of death.

"But you know, Marvel is catching up at a rapid, rapid rate," she added, praising the studio's more diverse casting practices and her fellow Marvel women. "You've got Captain Marvel coming out with Brie [Larson] and I mean, all these incredible women who are in Black Panther...and Scarlett [Johansson] of course."

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Blanchett also had some choice words for her Thor co-star, the Norse god himself, Chris Hemsworth.

"That ugly, un-fit individual?" she joked.

Kidding aside, she had high praise for the actor and fellow Aussie. "He's one of the great men. He really is the mesnch and he's an extraordinary actor," she gushed. "And he has the patience of a saint. I mean, because we were filming this in Greenland and it was pretty bloody hot, and what he has to wear and the hours...So, I mean, he's a real leader."

The 48-year-old mother of four also brought her kids along on set for some of the filming."It's really exciting for kids to be on the set and also it's such a family the Marvel Universe," she told ET.

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But her daughter, Edith, was especially impressed with mom's newfound powers.

"It was her first experience of being on set with me, so she thinks that's what I do all the time," she shared. "She thinks acting is manifesting weapons out of your hands and killing people."

You can see Blanchett cause onscreen mayhem when Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters November 17.

For more on the movie, watch the video below.

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