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Cate Blanchett ready for her Oscar closeup

By April Neale Dec 16, 2013, 21:30 GMT

Cate Blanchett ready for her Oscar closeup

Cate Blanchett - "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" Royal Film Performance - Arrivals - Empire, Leicester Square - London, UK Landmark / PR Photos

Cate Blanchett is back, courting Oscar with her performance in Blue Jasmine and starring in George Clooney’s Monuments Men.

Blanchett will be December 24th's cover girl and interview subject for Vogue magazine.

From Vogue:

"So it should come as no surprise that on a balmy night in late October, when I’m supposed to meet Blanchett at a theater in southeast London, she is late. The Menier Chocolate Factory, which sits hard by London Bridge, is one of those homey, unpretentious venues, part pub, part theater, that could be in Minneapolis, say, or Amsterdam. I arrive too early, so I get a drink at the lobby bar and wander around the room reading old posters. The place quickly fills up with happy ticket holders, eagerly waiting to be let into their seats, and at the exact moment I find myself staring at a sign that says, “No latecomers admitted. Absolutely no exceptions,” my cellphone rings."

“It’s Cate,” she says, as if that gravelly voice could be anyone else’s. She tells me that her driver, Peter, is “driving like a demon,” but that she is “realistically, 25 minutes out.” Curtain is in fifteen minutes, I say. “I’ve been trying to see this play for weeks,” she says. “This is the story of my life.” Pause. “Do they admit latecomers?” I read the sign to her. “Oh, dear. Is there an intermission?” Yes, I say. “Well, that’s a bit churlish of them.” We agree that I will stay put and she hangs up."

To read the full article, buy the January issue of Vogue, on newstands nationwide Tuesday, December 24.


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