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Saturday 28 February 2015

Jasmine stars salute Woody Allen

Cate Blanchett arrives at the UK premiere of Blue Jasmine
Cate Blanchett arrives at the UK premiere of Blue Jasmine

Cate Blanchett has told how she managed to persuade famously impatient director Woody Allen to let her take her time.

Cate joined co-star Sally Hawkins on a blue carpet in London's Leicester Square for the premiere of Allen's new film Blue Jasmine.

The actresses play sisters in the film. Elegant New York socialite Jasmine (Cate) is forced to move in with her down-to-earth sister Ginger (Sally) in San Francisco after she finds herself bankrupt and broken.

Woody is notorious for working very quickly and likes to shoot each scene in just one take.

Cate, 44, revealed: "I'd heard that and I thought, 'God, we're going to work really quickly.' But Sally and I found that we got the courage to ask for another go at it.

"Because Jasmine is somebody who's breaking a lot, and I wanted to make sure I gave Woody enough options in the editing room. So if I put it that way, then he'd often let us go again."

Cate wore an off-the-shoulder black Givenchy couture gown to the premiere while Hawkins was wearing a vintage black Valentino dress and Louboutin shoes.

British actress Sally previously worked with Woody on 2007 thriller Cassandra's Dream.

She said: "He's very direct! Very honest. He doesn't suffer fools. He has no time! There's no time, in his mind. But I love that honesty. He says it like it is, and if it's not working, he will say something. But more often than not, if you're doing okay, he will just let you do it. He doesn't really go in for chit chat."

Blue Jasmine opens in cinemas on Friday September 27.

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