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Cate Blanchett backstage at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards

The 71st annual Golden Globe Awards took place on Jan. 12, 2014, at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. Here is what this Golden Globe winner said backstage in the Golden Globe Awards press room.

Cate Blanchett at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif.
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CATE BLANCHETT

Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama

("Blue Jasmine")

How are you going to be celebrating?

I haven’t figured that out. Maybe I should put my name on this before they take it away from me. I don’t know. Probably call my husband and children.

Somebody said you are their style icon. Whom do you emulate?

Did you see Diane Keaton in there tonight? She is my style icon, acting icon, the works.

How do you prepare yourself for such a complex character, and what was your inspiration to work on it?

Well, sometimes a role just hits you at a time when you’re kind of open and ready for it. And having spent six years with the glorious people at the Sydney Theatre Company, doing primarily theater, I guess is when it connected. There’s something inherent and theatrical in the way Woody works. Perhaps I was ready for it.

I did watch that extraordinary documentary on Woody where I was desperate to see what other actors said about him and working with him so I knew what I was getting in for. But in the end, with Woody Allen, tone is everything. So I think for me it was speaking to him. And he’s incredibly generous and to the point about things he says and doesn’t say to actors.

Ninety-nine percent of his direction happens in the script. So you read that screenplay and try to garner as many clues as you can and just hit the ground running, because he only does one or two setups and most things are done in a wide shot or medium shot or he doesn’t cover the scenes widely, so you have to be alive to what the other actors were doing. And this was one of the most extraordinary ensembles that I had the great fortune to work with.

Jasmine is such a complex character. What was it like playing this role? And why do you think this role connected with people?

It is a mind-f*ck delay. It was, as you say, extraordinarily complex. It was important to me to shoot through of not only the levels of what Jasmine was hiding to herself, but also the layers of dissolution and guilt. She’s a combustion of that cocktail that she carries with her when she hits San Francisco.

Fortunately, not having personally had a relationship with prescription drugs, just working out what she was on and not on medically. There’s of course a lot of preparation you do, but in the end, as I said, Woody’s films live or die on the connection between actors. So then you have to leave that homework behind and be aware of where he’s putting the camera and live to what the other actors are bringing. I think “Blue Jasmine” does live because of the ensemble.

Were you nervous getting ready today, can you describe the scene? Your Armani dress is gorgeous. Is it difficult to look so effortless?

A lot of effort goes into the effortlessness of walking up that marathon red carpet that is the Golden Globe red carpet. I was fine last night at midnight, and I woke up this morning with butterflies in my stomach. You never know what the outcome is. It has been such an extraordinary year in performances and films and images that have been placed in front of us, so to be at that banquet is a privilege in and of itself. You never know that this is going to be the outcome, but I am so happy. It is great.

Your “Blue Jasmine” character loses her wealth and really deals with what life is like without that. If you were Cate Blanchett the actress and lost all your wealth, what do you think you’d be doing?

A lot of people have said to me what do I think happens to Jasmine at the end of the film, Is she a survivor or bad news for her? I think anyone who has suffered extreme financial stress and breakdown and they have extreme financial security of a family or friends that are going to catch them, then perhaps they can see their way through that.

Jasmine has suffered many of these prior, such monumental social shame and has none of those things I have mentioned. So I think it is not good for her. Fortunately, I have the most extraordinary supportive family and friends, and my identity is not based on either my work or on any of this. So it is a wonderful miracle to be here tonight, and I am very happy to receive this, but it is not entirely who I am, unlike “Blue Jasmine.”

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