Noémie Merlant Channeled Her ‘Huge Admiration’ for Cate Blanchett Into ‘TÁR’ Performance

Noémie Merlant Channeled Her ‘Huge Admiration’ for Cate Blanchett Into ‘TÁR’ Performance
You don’t have to be a method actor to play “in awe of Cate Blanchett.” Practically anyone watching her virtuosic performance in “TÁR” would agree, and her supporting co-star Noémie Merlant is chief among them. The difference is that Merlant had a front row seat to a portrayal she says “destroyed [her] in a lot of ways.” She could easily channel the sense of wonder instilled by Blanchett’s masterful performance into her own more subtle but equally as compelling one. Though Blanchett is the undeniable frontrunner this awards season, her young co-star also deserves recognition.

For the already impressive French actress, a rising star since her lustrous breakout in Céline Sciamma’s “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” the role was the perfect fusion of life and art.

“I tried to feed my character with something true. I was in the audience observing Cate in the process of creation of her role,
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