What a busy day for our Cate! She also attented the Giorgio Armani Pre-Oscar Party!!
Two short interviews
“It’s nice to have a bit of air. Last year was it was a bit hot.” So said 2014 Oscar winner Cate Blanchett, who returned to Giorgio Armani’s Rodeo Drive boutique to co-host the annual party at which she was guest of honor last year. Blanchett was referring to the switch-up in location from the store’s ground floor to its rooftop terrace, but she may as well have been speaking about the comparatively relaxed state of the last 12 months leading up to this year’s Oscar weekend. After all, the crowning winner could take a moment to rest on her laurels.
“Last year was an extraordinary ride and a completely unexpected one, but it’s really humbling because then it rolls on, a whole other year happens, and you just have to plow on with your work,” she said. “Some people are really great about working constantly but I need some space. I’m very slow, so I think I’m just going to take some time.”
Of course, Blanchett’s idea of taking it easy is different than most people’s. “After last awards season, I made a film with Todd Haynes and Rooney Mara called ‘Carol’ based on Patricia Highsmith’s first novel, which Sandy Powell did the costumes for, then I did a play in New York [“The Maids”] I might do another play in the middle of the year. I’ll see.” She forgot to mention that she’s also starring in “The Present” this August at Sydney Theatre Company, where her husband Andrew Upton is creative director. But perhaps there’s a reason for that. “When I saw ‘Still Alice,’ I said to my husband, ‘I’m sure I have early onset Alzheimer’s’ because there were moments Julianne [Moore] depicted so beautifully of the memory loss of a word. I think it’s because we are so busy trying to remember so much garbage that we forget which bits are important.”
“Should I stand by this olive tree? Would you like some cold pressed olive oil when I’m done?” joked Cate Blanchett as she posed for her umpteenth photo of the evening (including many a generous selfie) at the Armani boutique in Beverly Hills on Saturday night. The Oscar-winning actress, wearing a purple custom-made dress by Giorgio Armani, was there to cohost a little pre-Academy Awards soiree and was doling out zingers while standing on the tree-lined terrace. When the photographer moved her closer to a heat lamp, she joked that her tousled blonde mane “might catch on fire” before remarking, “am I giving you photo face?” Who knew that Blanchett, one of the foremost thespians of our time, is also the queen of the one-liners? Is there nothing that she can’t do?