Cate Blanchett: Vision in White for Harper's Bazaar UK December 2013

Posted Thursday November 14, 2013 12:48 PM GMT

With her upcoming film "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" slated to hit theaters December 13th, Cate Blanchett pitched in on promotions by covering the December 2013 issue of Harper's Bazaar UK.

During her interview with "Blue Jasmine" director Woody Allen, the 44-year-old actress opened up about her struggles with publicity and revealed her thoughts about taking on film acting.

Check out a few highlights from Miss Blanchett's Q&A session below. For more, be sure to visit Harper's Bazaar UK!

On acting in bad films:
"Often I find it’s not until you’ve made a monumental blunder that you realized you’ve turned the wrong corner. Maybe that’s because I’m used to working in theater and having six weeks in rehearsal to screw up and work out you’ve being going in the wrong direction so you can work out what the right direction is. But the tone in Blue Jasmine was tricky."

On dealing with fame:
"For me, publicity is the hardest. I was trying to explain to someone yesterday that the decisions you make as an actor have to be instinctual, it has to come alive between you and the other actors. Maybe because I am a goldfish, when a shoot ends I leave behind the reasons I’ve done what I have done. To come back six months later and dredge all that stuff up for publicity is difficult."

On filming movies vs acting on stage:
"It’s a different energy. I mean, I’m from Australia where the film industry is potent but small. I didn’t expect to have a career in film. I went to drama school to work in the theatre. In actress years, I came into film quite late. Playing the part of Jasmine was pretty intense, but strangely, having done primarily theater for the last five years probably helped because onstage you have such a well-defined sense of audience. I remember you saying I needed to do a scene again because the audience had already left the theatre; it was too slow or languid. You are very clear about who you are making a film for."

Photo Credit: Ben Hassett for Harper's Bazaar UK

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