Why Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford never Google themselves

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Robert Redford, Cate Blanchett, Dan Rather and James Vanderbilt on "Truth"

BY DONNA FREYDKIN

It's a walk to remember.

To play legendary news anchor Dan Rather, Robert Redford nailed his gait, a sort-of shuffle with shoulders slightly hunched.

"That's what Mary said," exclaims Blanchett.

Color Redford not impressed -- with himself.

"That's your job as an actor. But don't go into arm-waving or extreme stuff. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn't. But the challenge was exciting. With Dan, one of the things that impressed, is that he's almost this old-fashioned person with his dignity and politeness. How do you apply that without going too far, so it seems like you're doing a caricature? You're looking at the history of people. Dan had to rise up. He had to work hard," says Redford. "I can relate to being an outsider. The story is told from Mary's point of view and Cate embodies that."

As Mapes, Blanchett is Rather's producer, his sounding board, his protector, and the very vocal yin to his more reserved yang in "Truth," out today.

In the drama, fwritten and directed by James Vanderbilt, Blanchett's Mapes is the backbone of news stalwart '6o Minutes,' but loses her career in the fallout following the show's report that former President George W. Bush had preferential treatment during the Vietnam war.

Documents purporting that Bush avoided combat duty couldn't be verified, and Mapes was fired by CBS in 2005; Rather retired shortly thereafter. The movie is based on Mapes' memoir, "Truth and Duty: The Press, The President And The Privilege Of Power."

"Mary is very type A. She's front-footed. She's ambitious. She's profoundly sensitive and meticulously organized -- many things I am not," says Blanchett, who has won two Oscars, for 2004's "The Aviator" and 2013's "Blue Jasmine."

The film, along with "Spotlight," shows the slog of journalism, the endless calls and interviews and rejections and sources it takes to get a major story done. Today, in-depth coverage of a story has been largely usurped by clickbait headlines, as editorial budgets are slashed and staffs face ongoing cuts.

"Life changes. It evolves. It's inevitable. But every now and then, you want to reflect on what we've lost, what's worth salvaging. I think there's been a great demise in investigative journalism. There's no time to digest. That's something the film does capture, the pressure and the time constraints around putting out a story as complicated as this one," says Blanchett. "Truth exists in context. What has changed, since 2004, with the caption news -- if we exist in the caption news world only, it's only not interesting, it's destructive."

Redford played legendary newsman Bob Woodward in the 1976 classic "All the President's Men," about Watergate. How things have changed. Now, a basketball player's overdose in a Nevada brothel is the story dominating headlines.

"I felt privileged to be able to document the high point of journalism. I never dreamed it would slide down so quickly," says Redford, commenting on the general state of news today.

He doesn't fixate on what critics say, saying he wants his films to live or die on their own merit.

"I'm going to do the work and maybe the work will stand on its own and maybe eventually it won't be about criticism of the work in that moment, but over time it will accumulate either interest or not," says Redford.

Staying sane means never Googling yourself -- a lesson Mapes learns the hard way when she goes online in the wake of the document scandal and is horrified by the level of vitriol directed at her.

"I read what's written about Bob but not me," jokes Blanchett. "There's a difference between constructive criticism, which I welcome, and bias and hype."

Blanchett is ambitious, and she's particular, but she's also witty, easygoing and relaxed. She's the face of skincare brand SK-II, of Giorgio Armani's Si fragrance, and the star of this year's other talked-about drama, "Carol," about a young photographer's relationship with an older married woman. She once showed this writer one of her tattoos in the ladies' room, during an awards party in Los Angeles. She's that kind of cool.

"I don't know if I'm driven. I have four children. I'm probably a perfectionist and I'm deeply curious about things. But I can also leave it behind. I have a very rich life outside that stuff," says Blanchett.

Adds Redford: "She does. I was witness to that when I went to Australia. She's able to balance that out and totally be involved in both worlds. She's busy."

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SYDNEY - NOVEMBER 01: AUSTRALIAN ACTRESS CATE BLANCHETT AT THE 1999 BELVIOUR ST THEATRE SEASON LAUNCH IN SYDNEY. (Photo by Patrick Riviere/Getty Images).
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15: Cate Blanchett arrives at the Australian premiere of Disney's Cinderella at the State Theatre on March 15, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 01: Actress Cate Blanchett attends the premiere of 'Cinderella' at the El Capitan Theatre on March 1, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
SYDNEY - MARCH 01: AUSTRALIAN ACTRESS CATE BLANCHETT AND AARON PEDERSEN AT HEARTLAND LAUNCH IN SYDNEY. (Photo by Patrick Riviere/Getty Images).
SYDNEY - MARCH 01: AUSTRALIAN ACTRESS CATE BLANCHETT, SHANE O'CONNOR AND AARON PEDERSEN AT HEARTLAND LAUNCH IN SYDNEY. (Photo by Patrick Riviere/Getty Images).
SYDNEY - MARCH 01: AUSTRALIAN ACTRESS CATE BLANCHETT AND GUEST AT THE SYDNEY CRITICS AWARDS 1994 IN SYDNEY. (Photo by Patrick Riviere/Getty Images).
383425 05: Actresses Cate Blanchett, left, and Hilary Swank arrive at the premiere of Paramount Classics'' 'The Gift' December 18, 2000 at the Paramount Theatre in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Chris Weeks/Liaison)
BERLIN - FEBRUARY 7: Actress Cate Blanchett, very pregnant, attends the news conference to 'The Missing' at the 54th annual Berlinale International Film Festival February 7, 2004 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 8: (L to R) Actor Cate Blanchett and Bernie Guerin attend the Los Angeles film premiere of 'Veronica Guerin' at the Bruin Theatre on October 8, 2003 in Westwood, California. The film 'Veronica Guerin' opens nationwide on October 17, 2003 (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Australian actress Cate Blanchett poses as she arrives to attend the screening of US director Steven Spielberg's film 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' at the 61st Cannes International Film Festival on May 18, 2008 in Cannes, southern France. The world premiere of the latest instalment in the 'Indiana Jones' saga, the first in 19 years, is the hottest ticket at this year's Cannes film festival. AFP PHOTO / Valery Hache (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
Australian actress Cate Blanchett leaves the Festival Palace after attending the screening of US director Steven Spielberg's film 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' at the 61st Cannes International Film Festival on May 18, 2008 in Cannes, southern France. The world premiere of the latest instalment in the 'Indiana Jones' saga, the first in 19 years, is the hottest ticket at this year's Cannes film festival. AFP PHOTO / Valery Hache (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 22: Cate Blanchett attends the 'Blue Jasmine' New York Premiere at the Museum of Modern Art on July 22, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 20: Actress Cate Blanchett attends the premiere of 'Blue Jasmine' hosted by Sony Picture Classics on July 24, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 16: Actress Cate Blanchett accepts the Best Actress award for 'Blue Jasmine' onstage during the 19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at Barker Hangar on January 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Actress Cate Blanchett celebrates winning Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama for 'Blue Jasmine' in the press room during the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, January 12, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
SANTA BARBARA, CA - FEBRUARY 01: Actress's Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara attend the Moet & Chandon Lounge at The 2014 Santa Barbara International Film Festival at The Arlington Theater on February 1, 2014 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Moet & Chandon)
SANTA MONICA, CA - MARCH 01: Actress Cate Blanchett attends the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards at Santa Monica Beach on March 1, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Cate Blanchett accepts the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role award for 'Blue Jasmine' onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actresses Cate Blanchett (L) and Jennifer Lawrence attend the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Cate Blanchett attends the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
French actress Adele Exarchopoulos and US actor Logan Lerman (L) pose with Australian actress Cate Blanchett (C) after receiving the Trophee Chopard during the 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on May 15, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JEAN CHRISTOPHE MAGNENET (Photo credit should read JEAN CHRISTOPHE MAGNENET/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Cate Blanchett attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Cate Blanchett attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: Cate Blanchett attends the 'How To Train Your Dragon 2' premiere during the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2014 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Australian actress Cate Blanchett smiles during a press conference for the animated film 'Dragon 2' at the 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on May 16, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 09: Cate Blanchett attends the 'How To Train Your Dragon 2' Australian premiere at Event Cinemas George Street on June 9, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 11: Actress Cate Blanchett attends Women In Film 2014 Crystal + Lucy Awards presented by MaxMara, BMW, Perrier-Jouet and South Coast Plaza held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on June 11, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Women In Film / MaxMara)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: Actress Cate Blanchett attends the 'How To Train Your Dragon 2' premiere during the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2014 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: Cate Blanchett attended the official opening of the “Timeless Portofino” exhibition with photographs by Peter Lindbergh of brand ambassadors wearing IWC’s new Portofino midsize watches at the Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) on September 27, 2014 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images for IWC)
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: Cate Blanchett attended the exclusive IWC Gala Dinner “Timeless Portofino” hosted by IWC CEO Georges Kern at the Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) on September 27, 2014 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images for IWC)
Australian actress Cate Blanchett poses for photographers on the red carpet prior to the screening of the film 'Cinderella' presented in competition of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival Berlinale in Berlin, on February 13, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Australian actress Cate Blanchett poses for photographers on the red carpet prior to the screening of the film 'Cinderella' presented in competition of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival Berlinale in Berlin, on February 13, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Australian actress Cate Blanchett (L) and British actress Lily James pose for photographers on the red carpet prior to the screening of the film 'Cinderella' presented in competition of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival Berlinale in Berlin, on February 13, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Actress Cate Blanchett arrives on the red carpet for the 87th Oscars February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / MARK RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Producer John Lesher (L) and director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (R) accept Best Feature for 'Birdman' from actress Cate Blanchett (C) onstage during the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards at Santa Monica Beach on February 21, 2015 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actress Cate Blanchett speaks onstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Actress Cate Blanchett speaks onstage during the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards at Santa Monica Beach on February 21, 2015 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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