By Ryan Lattanzio | Thompson on Hollywood February 6, 2014 at 1:51PM
5. "[Acting] is not a kind career necessarily, and you have to have a certain resilience, and you develop that overtime. I've been fortunate to work. It's like being a violinist: if you don't get to play or get to perform, then it's harder to keep growing."
6. "Ron Howard would never ask you to do anything he wasn't prepared to do himself," Blanchett said about making his 2001 film "The Missing." "There was a scene where my character had to have a tarantula crawl on her. I said, 'I'll do anything for you Ron but I have a deep-seated fear of spiders and where I come from, every spider can kill you in about two-and-a-half seconds. He got down on the floor and put the tarantula on him, and said her name was Tara, and it crawled on him and he sat there and the tarantula was on his crotch. So you had to think, 'okay, I will do it.' If you ever encounter a tarantula, they get scared and freeze. She got so frightened, she didn't move enough and they fucking well cut the scene."
7. "They're all fictional in the end," Blanchett said of her characters. "They're all inventions and they're all harnessed, whether fixed in a real person or completely invented, to the telling of the story. I will beg, borrow and steal from anywhere and anything. You don't know whether the point of connection is going to be something in a costume fitting or a piece of music. I find that process really exciting. Making a film is piecemeal. Anything you can do to maintain your curiosity about the world of the piece is really helpful."
8. "'Blue Jasmine' was an incredible story, so full of zeitgeist yet so fueled by these strange dysfunctional people. Woody is the director who's made 'Interiors' and 'Bananas'... it was a tonally very challenging piece. Woody always says, 'I don't direct, I don't direct.' But that's all in the edit. Where he chooses to put the edit. That's the gag. You know you're in a sure hand because he's got such an impeccable sense of rhythm."