Cate Blanchett's new movie, Cinderella, has much more than a royal ball, fairy godmother, and a special glass slipper — it also contains a uplifting message about bullying.
"I must admit that 'Cinderella' was never a [fairytale] that I gravitated towards because I found the character quite passive, [but] this is a really active retelling of [the story]," Cate, 45, said in an interview at the film's world premiere on Sunday, March 1.
Cate with Lily James in 'Cinderella.' (Photo Credit: R/R)
"It's a powerful rendition of the character and you really understand why [Cinderella] endures what she does because the more tragedy that gets heaped upon her, the more open and generous and compassionate she becomes as a human being," the mom-of-three continued.
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"And for any child to take that away — any child that has experienced bullying — to say 'Deal with opponents with pity and grace and dignity,' I think that's a wonderful thing," she said.
In the live-action film, which hits theaters March 13, Cate portrays Lady Tremaine, Cinderella's Wicked Stepmother, alongside Lily James (Cinderella), Richard Madden (Prince "Kit" Charming) and Helena Bonham Carter (The Fairy Godmother).
Watch Cate's interview with 'People' magazine below.
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