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Eight Great Quotes from Cate Blanchett at the Santa Barbara Film Festival (CLIPS)

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! February 6, 2014 at 1:51PM

"Blue Jasmine" hit theaters back in July 2013 which, by this awards-packed winter 2014, feels like ages ago. Writer-director Woody Allen ostensibly penned the title role of Jasmine French with Cate Blanchett in mind. "Well that's something I'd like to believe is true," the ever-bashful Blanchett told the audience last weekend at the Santa Barbara Film Festival, where she accepted the award for Outstanding Performer of the Year.
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"Blue Jasmine"
"Blue Jasmine"

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."

This article is related to: Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Festivals, Cate Blanchett, Awards, Awards Season Roundup, Academy Awards, Awards, Woody Allen, Woody Allen, Blue Jasmine


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.