Cate Blanchett on How She Would Approach Playing Melania Trump

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The actress spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Award-winning actress Cate Blanchett talked about how she would approach playing the First Lady at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday. 

"If I was playing Melania Trump — not that I would be probably cast in that role — I wouldn't be necessarily coming from the place of 'Free Melania,' I'd be trying to understand the situation," she said during an onstage appearance.

The "Free Melania" campaign was launched in January 2017 during the Women’s March on Washington, which protested the election of President Donald Trump. One of the campaign's ideas was that the First Lady, maybe like other women of the White House, was trapped in her marriage and role.

Blanchett was invited to the annual World Economic Forum in her role as a global goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Monday evening, she got the Forum's annual Crystal Awards with British singer Elton John and Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan for their roles in addressing major social issues.

Blanchett mentioned the example of playing Melania Trump to explain her approach to acting, which she said focuses on presenting characters in all their complexity. U.S. President Donald Trump will address the World Economic Forum on Friday.

Blanchett also said Tuesday that she didn't believe art could play a great role in educating people on major global issues, such as the refugee crisis. "I don't see art — whether that would be film or visual arts or music — as being educative," she explained. "I think school is a place for education, your home life can be a source of education. I think art is more provocation."

"My role as a storyteller, an actor is to open a conversation," Blanchett said.