Cate Blanchett wore her own fake teeth for Don’t Look Up

21 January 2022
1 min read

Cate Blanchett has admitted she wore her own fake teeth and wig in Netflix's Don't Look Up, because coronavirus restrictions prevented her from having a make-up artist.

During an appearance on The Graham Norton Show, she explained, 'Because of covid, it was very difficult to get anyone to do anything.

“So I happened to have a set of teeth and wig from a previous movie. Everything else is makeup and acting!”

According to the Daily Mail, Don't Look Up now sits in the third spot of Netflix's most-viewed movies behind 2018's Bird Box and 2021’s Red Notice. “In its first week, the film garnered 111m viewing hours and debuted among Netflix's top 10 list in 94 countries.”

The film depicts two astronomers racing against time to warn the world about an impending asteroid set to destroy the planet, in what is an allegory for the inaction on climate change.

Cate Blanchett is almost unrecognisable as her character Brie Evantee, due to her startlingly white and oversized teeth.

The Sunday Morning Herald discusses the transformation of Blanchett’s teeth, noting, “They appear so large, they effectively change the structure of her face, pushing her eyes up and stretching her mouth out to a permanent rictus. Given that Blanchett plays an ambitious but soulless low-level celebrity, the cartoonish teeth manage to convey what a subtle cosmetic procedure used to: the sense that something is not quite as it seems, though we can’t put our finger on why.

“Porcelain veneers have, traditionally speaking, been a signifier of wealth and wellness. Clean teeth and gums, after all, can have a major effect on our health, even impacting our heart.”