Cate Blanchett drank a lot of wine for Blue Jasmine

Jul 30, 2013 at 10:50 a.m. ET

Cate Blanchett has revealed her inspirations for her role in Blue Jasmine, including becoming a lady of leisure and indulging in wine.

Cate Blanchett has revealed that while preparing for her latest role, she indulged in several glasses of rosé to help her get into character. Cate Blanchett had to drink a lot of wine for her role in Blue Jasmine

The Oscar-winning actress played the role of a New York City housewife who loses her wealth and powerful status when her businessman husband — played by Alec Baldwin — is found guilty of running a Ponzi scheme.

Not only did the actress get to enjoy wine in Woody Allen’s new drama, Blue Jasmine, she also got into the mind-set of her lady of leisure.

Blanchett drew inspiration for the character by observing real life women in similar situations — particularly the Bernie Madoff scandal.

The film has been described as one of the darkest and most unsettling films that Allen has made in years!

Blanchett spoke to TheWrap about the film, saying, ''I did a lot of people watching. I drank my fair share of rosé. In the end, I had to play the anti-heroine that Woody's written, but of course I thought about the Madoff scandal, because that's the holocaust of the financial crisis.”

“And there are many, many women like that. I followed them like everybody else did, but as an actress you go back and you're slightly more forensic about those relationships. So yeah, I hoovered up all those stories.''

Although she's worked with some of the world's best directors, the Australian actress admits she almost gave up hope of working with one of the most critically acclaimed filmmakers, Woody Allen.

Blanchett told TheWrap, ''I'd given up hope. So many people I'd known had worked with him and I thought, 'Well, not every filmmaker's interested in every actress.' So I kind of accepted it. I was very surprised when I got the call.

''It was a very short call — about two-and-a-half minutes. He said he was interested in sending me a script, and was I interested in reading it? And I said, 'Yes, of course, Mr. Allen.' He sent it and asked me to give him a call when I read it."

"I read it straight away, of course, and it was an incredible opportunity. So I called him back and we spoke for about 45 seconds. I said, 'I'd like to do it,' and he said, 'Great, I'll see you in San Francisco.'''

The star was also quizzed about whether she pays attention to the Oscar buzz, to which she responded, “It's July! The movie opens on Friday, and then next Wednesday they'll be saying to someone else, "Oscar buzz!" I suppose it's a shorthand way of saying that people think that the character you played and the film that you're in is worth seeing. And that's a nice thing. It's better than people saying, "What are you wearing?"

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