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Jul 28, 2013

ABC News Person of the Week: Cate Blanchett Joins Elite Leading Ladies Club – Video + Caps

An interview where Cate talks about working with Woody Allen and joining the select club of his leading ladies. Video and caps

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Jul 28, 2013

Cate Blanchett on Blue Jasmine, Working with Andrew Dice Clay, and Her Favorite Woody Allen Character

Cate Blanchett in the LA Premiere for Blue Jasmine

Revered in Hollywood for playing challenging roles like Queen Elizabeth, Katharine Hepburn (which she won an Oscar for), and even Bob Dylan, Cate Blanchett’s dedication to her craft is unparalleled. Which makes you wonder why it took so long for Woody Allen to cast her in one of his films. Thankfully we don’t have to ponder this any longer, as the 77-year-old director hands the Australian beauty one of his most complicated characters he’s ever written.

In Blue Jasmine, which opens in theaters Friday, Blanchett plays Jasmine, a former Manhattan socialite who after her husband (Alec Baldwin) goes to jail for fraud travels to San Francisco to stay with her sister, Ginger (Sally Hawkins). A time bomb ready to explode, Jasmine can’t cope with the simple life Ginger lives—or her choice of blue-collar men (Andrew Dice Clay, Bobby Cannavale, Louis C.K.)—and aided by vodka and Xanax tries to quiet the voices in her head long enough to find a new suitor.

Blanchett spoke to The Hollywood Blog about adapting to Allen’s notorious hands-off approach to directing, why playing someone like Jasmine can stay inside you forever, and the next marquee director she’s most excited to work with.

The Hollywood Blog: Had you ever met Woody before he offered you the role?

Cate Blanchett: No, I hadn’t met him. I had met friends of his, but no, we had never actually encountered one another. In fact, I had given up hope that he was ever going to ask me to be in one of his films, so I was thrilled when I heard he was interested.

As you mentioned at the premiere of Blue Jasmine, you had very brief conversations with him about taking the role, and then he just said, “See you on set”—

That’s when the terror begins.

Yeah, are you just filled with anxiety because you want to talk about the part with him?

Well, there has to be a dialogue, and the thing with Woody, I think, at least, 97 percent of his direction is in the script already. He gives you so many clues to mull over. I think the really important thing is the actors are all on the same page, and his films are always cast so interestingly, and this is no exception. I mean, Andrew Dice Clay! You talk about eclectic. It was really fabulous, and many of these actors in this film had done standup or theater, so there was a common language quite quickly between all of us. We obviously talked a lot about the subtext. And also, Sally and I were the only ones with the full script.
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Jul 27, 2013

Oscar buzz builds for Cate Blanchett + New Photoshoot

Great interview with Cate, plus a new photoshoot and and video, from USA Today

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Cate Blanchett hadn’t done a movie in at least three years when Woody Allen’s script for Blue Jasmine came her way last year.

“I’d been spending a lot of time in my pajamas,” admits the actress and mother of three sons.

Her first thought? “I ate it alive.”

After all, it’s Woody Allen.

“He’s an extraordinary dramatist, aside from being a great writer. And he’s not too shabby as a filmmaker,” she says with a smile.

Blanchett, 44, has been doing a Manhattan media blitz this week, a last-minute push for Allen’s “summer movie,” as he called it during filming. The Oscar drumbeat has begun for Blanchett’s brittle and wrenching performance as Jasmine, a Ruth Madoff-esque character whose husband (Alec Baldwin) gives her a high-society New York life of riches only to have it crumble around her when he’s hauled off to jail.

“A timely tale,” Blanchett calls it.
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Jul 27, 2013

Cate Blanchett on ‘Blue Jasmine,’ Woody Allen and the Beauty of Being ‘Peculiar-Looking’

Article and Interview from The Hollywood Reporter, plus caps.

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The 44-year-old Oscar winner is earning some of the best reviews of her career for her perf as a woman many have described as Blanche DuBois-meets-Ruth Madoff.

On Thursday morning I met up in Los Angeles with Cate Blanchett, the star of Woody Allen’s latest film Blue Jasmine — which opens today — to discuss her life, career and performance as the new film’s titular character, for which she has already garnered some of the best reviews of her career. In the dramedy, she plays an ex-Park Avenue socialite now in financial and emotional shambles whose prior existence — before her husband was exposed as a sexual philanderer and Bernie Madoff-style fraud — is revealed in flashbacks, until the past connects with the presence in the most unexpected of ways.
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