Slender star Cate Blanchett wore black lace to lunch at Le Cirque on Manhattan’s chic East Side -- but she’s definitely not in mourning! She was the center of attention as she lunched on filet and mushrooms alongside "Blue Jasmine" co-star Bobby Cannavale, freshly an Emmy winner for his role in "Boardwalk Empire." Also on hand to fete the "sublime” Cate, star of stage and screen, indies and mega-franchises – and Best Actress Oscar contender -- were Philip Seymour Hoffman, director Paul Haggis, screenwriter (and mother of Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal) Naomi Foner and F. Murray Abraham.
Between courses, Yahoo Movies caught up with the working Mum, and asked her what she thought of Jessica Chastain’s statement calling Blanchett’s performance as a fragile divorcee in the Woody Allen hit “absolute genius.” Last August, the double Oscar nominee wrote on her Facebook page about "Blue Jasmine": "I was walking out of the theatre, feeling like a snow bed willow next to Cate’s sequoia."
Blanchett's response? She chuckled good-naturedly at this forest comparison, deepening the laugh lines on either side of her pastel lips. She's also keeping tabs on Chastain, telling us that her redheaded colleague had just finished shooting “Miss Julie” directed by Liv Ullmann.
So, we asked, who does Cate admire? Well, Chastain for one. And Ullmann. Michelle Williams and Bette Davis. The lesser known stage actress Elizabeth Debicki who played Jordan Becker opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Great Gatsby." And two surprises: Jack Lemmon and Lucille Ball. Should we look for more comedy from Blanchett in the future? As she got ready to leave the lunch, she said she’s off to London to shoot Kenneth Branagh’s "Cinderella" with Lily James. But there’s no glass slipper in her future: "I'm the wicked stepmother!" she laughed.
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- Cate Blanchett
- Philip Seymour Hoffman
- Maggie Gyllenhaal
- Bobby Cannavale
- Paul Haggis
- Jessica Chastain