Thor: Ragnarok’s Cate Blanchett on the cosplayers who inspired Hela’s look

Thor: Ragnarok’s Cate Blanchett on the cosplayers who inspired Hela’s look

0 comments 📅25 October 2017, 20:11

Cosplayers rejoice! Your efforts have not gone unnoticed. Cate Blanchett admits those die-hard fans had a big influence when creating her character for Thor: Ragnarok

“The first thing myself and Morag Ross, a very old friend of mine who does my makeup, did was go back to the fan base. We went onto YouTube and found all of these female fans doing Hela make-up, and we really watched and listened to them because these people have been relishing this character for decades. There was so much to draw on from them that a lot of that came from the fanbase.”

If you’ve read any reviews for Thor: Ragnarok, you’ll also have heard how funny the God of Thunder’s third outing is. And that’s largely thanks to director Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople, What We Do in the Shadows).

“If you’ve seen any of Taika’s films you’ll know that he reigns supreme in making things funny. We did a lot of improv and I think you’ll get to see a lot of that shine in the film. I had a really hard time keeping a straight face in my scenes with Jeff – he’s tremendously funny,” says Tessa Thompson.

However, even Waititi’s comedy manages to hark back to previous outings for Thor.

“One of the great things that has existed in all of the films is that he’s the funny fish-out-of-water character. Obviously, you get to see that on Earth. But here out in the stratosphere you still get to see him be out of his element in a way and that’s great,” adds Thompson, who plays elite Asgardian warrior Valkyrie. “It’s also exciting because in these films you so often see women who have a connection to a man in some way but here it’s actually a cool reversal, because Thor is a fanboy of Valkyrie. So you get to see this strong god get dwarfed by this woman. To be one of the characters that gets to make him feel that way is pretty satisfying. Chris has it going on, so it’s nice to see him cut down to size a little bit!”

To read the full interview, check out MyM magazine Issue 67, which is on sale now.

Thor: Ragnarok is released by Walt Disney Studios and is in UK and US cinemas now.

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