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Blanchett: I'm not a needy actor

Cate Blanchett has said she isn't a "needy" actor and didn't expect assurances from Woody Allen on the Blue Jasmine set.

The Hobbit actress stars in director Woody's new film about a woman who reconnects with her sister after a crisis.

She said: "I'm not particularly needy as an actor. I'm not doing it because I want to be told that I'm good."

Woody agreed and said of his choice of leading lady: "I needed a great actress and when you think of great actresses in the world, Cate comes into mind immediately. Cate is one of those people that are great, she was great before she met me and she will be great after. I really have very little to say to her."

Australian Cate explained she'd worked on her accent for the film by spending time in New York: "I drank way too much wine sitting in restaurants by myself."

The actress said that despite having 12 films due out between now and 2015, she found it difficult to go to work: "I never want to work. Even when you're presented with these great opportunities, I think, 'I really love being in my pyjamas with the kids'."

Explaining why she still signed up to films, she said: "Woody Allen picks up the phone, what am I going to say? I'm not going to be that schmuck who says, 'Mmmm, maybe not.' I get out of my pyjamas and I go to work."

Blue Jasmine is released in UK cinemas on September 20.

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