Cover Girl: Cate Blanchett for ELLE Canada

Posted on December 19, 2013

Because Santa Jesus just can’t stop giving. And because ELLE Canada wasn’t going to be left out of the fun.




Cate Blanchett covers the January 2014 issue of ELLE Canada magazine.

Is it hard for you to find interesting roles?
“I’ve been very lucky to play iconic roles like Blanche DuBois, Lotte Kotte and Hedda Gabler onstage, but cinema is a different beast. You are not always able to influence the final results in the same way as you can in the theatre. So I’m not always interested in large roles onscreen. I’m more interested in making the space to keep experimenting as an actor. What’s important when you’re working on a film is that you want to work with a director who is going to collaborate with you or who is interested in what you can offer.”

What drew you to the character of Jasmine in Woody’s last film?
“Post-financial crisis, so many men and women have had their worlds shattered and they have fallen from grace. And, like Jasmine, they have had to look at themselves directly in the mirror and reinvent themselves and find out who they are without their social standing, without economic security. I think this story is very current. The unique thing about Jasmine, however, is that she has been a fantasist and has never had a firm grip on who she is or on reality.”


Is this her year? We kinda hope so. We realize Sandy and probably Julia are making a run for the Best Actress Oscar, but Cate’s our girl – and we loved her in Blue Jasmine. 

Giorgio Armani Fall 2013 Collection


Way to go, whoever styled her, because it looks chic and gorgeous on the cover, but strangely dowdy on the runway.



[Photo Credit: ELLE Canada,]

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  • Sarah

    Never would have guessed it was the same outfit! She looks great in blue.

    • MikeW_Vegas

      I was about to ask if they were even the same outfit!.

      Happy birthday, BTW!

    • sagecreek

      Feliz Cumpleanos, Sarah!

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      Happy Birthday, sorry this is late!

      • Sarah

        Thanks, doll! I had a nice one.

  • Diego!

    GODDESS. She is superb! And she was SUPERB in Blue Jasmine. She really deserves this Oscar and all of the other awards. Way to go Miss Cate! 😀 I bow!

  • Jessica Freeman

    Photoshopping has made her head appear to be floating…or misized…what did they do to our Cate?

    • diane {a spot of whimsy}

      Yea, unfortunately it’s misplaced – looks like they forgot to screw her head on all the way. Other than that, she looks incredible.

    • barbarienne

      Part Photoshop disaster, part dark-clothes-on-dark-background issue. It’s not just the shoulders of the jacket getting lost, but also part of her torso disappears into the shadows. The optical illusions are messing with her proportions and making her look assembled in pieces. Which is a crying shame, because each part looks awesome. Great face/hair, great outfit, great belt.

      • fursa_saida

        Yeah, the loss of her shoulders is particularly weirding me out.

  • marlie

    I love this Cate cover so much more than the once from yesterday. I love how vibrant the colors are, and I really love how her expression actually conveys some personality. Also, CHEEKBONES.

    • Sarah

      Her own real cheekbones, with the lighting doing the job of the extra contouring they always want to slap on her perfectly gorgeous face which doesn’t need it.

    • KateShouldBeWorking

      Something about the cheekbones makes me think she and Jennifer Lawrence should play relatives – aunt/niece, perhaps?

  • kimmeister

    The only thing that looks the same from the runway to the cover is that stripey jacket, which is just barely clinging to Cate’s shoulders. Love that lipstick shade on her.

  • Anna_Cecilia

    Bow down, bitches. Blanchett does it again. I have this on my nightstand, I really should read it LOL.

  • International Model

    I am uninviting Cate to my ugly sweater party because if she can make that sweater work, there’s no telling how she can elevate a light up Rudolph cable knit.

    • Anna_Cecilia

      LOL, soo true! Confession: I actually love the sweater, it’s Cosby sweater meets Armani. Which makes me love it even more.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Even without the One Ring, Fashion Galadriel has amazing power!

  • carnush

    It’s her year. It’s gonna happen.

  • sagecreek

    Sigh. She is so amazing, inside and out.

    The funny thing is, I’m sure — because she is human — she has days where she feels fat and ugly. This makes me alternately giggle and despair.

  • KaileeM

    Dear Santa,

    I’d like a pair of cheekbones like this for Christmas.

    • Jane Donuts

      You took the words right out of my mouth.

  • bellafigura1

    Kate is everything but that BELT I LOVE IT GIMME

  • altissima

    Ouch! I just cut my eyes on her sharp cheekbones!

  • NurseEllen

    Well of COURSE that sweater looks better on the cover. I mean, slap a blue leather dress underneath just about anything and voila! Also, I must agree, photoshopped or not: CHEEKBONES.

  • MilaXX

    I don’t like this cover as much. The hair is too mussy, she looks like she went through a wind tunnel. The belt is just a hair too large, bordering on a WWF belt.

    • Violentcello

      I thought Batgirl, but the power of Cate makes me OK with that.

      • MilaXX

        Now if I view it as Batgirl, I actually like the belt.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I have a deep love for Sandy, but I do have my fingers crossed for Cheekbones Blanchett this year. She’s superb.

  • Shawn EH

    I don’t get that Armani look at all … boring winter in 1988?

    • Clueless_Jock

      Armani is all about timeless luxury I think. Or dated luxury, depending on your POV.

      • Evan

        That and minimalism. He has done some futuristic looks though. And let’s not forget the outfits he’s done for Lady Gaga. I think he got to step outside of his comfort zone and go wild with his imagination for her.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Oh, Santa Jesus, if you could only see your way to dropping that cover look down the chimney at ChezBitchy. Short of that, Thank you for giving us another cover of Madame Blanchett. I’d love to see her get the Oscar for Blue Jasmine-she was superb.

  • Nazzzy

    Love the make up. That should be her go-to lip color.

  • Nicola Anna Molly Page

    She looks like a superhero on this cover. I mean, she *is* a superhero, but here she looks it!

  • KT

    LOVE her, LOVE the look, and would LOVE it if she won for Blue Jasmine. Not only was she incredible in the role, but I think she deserves a Best Actress oscar to go with her Best Supporting. They can keep each other warm in the winter.

  • Judy_J

    I’d kill for those cheekbones. Seriously, she looks just fabulous here. That color of blue looks glorious on her, and the makeup is perfection. And I too hope that she takes home an Oscar for “Jasmine”. Her performance was spellbinding.

  • Trickytrisha

    She’s beyond. Those cheekbones are bananas. I die. (oh shit, did I just channel Rachel Zoe?)

  • filmcricket

    I haven’t seen Blue Jasmine yet and given what I’ve heard of it I’m not sure I’m going to. All three of those women have Oscars already, I’d love to see it go to a Lupita or a Naomie instead.

    • decormaven

      Oooh! That would be unexpected and surprising. Let’s see how the tea leaves read in the New Year.

  • mjude

    bowing down cause I just must…

  •!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

    I’m sorry, I can’t hear anything over the sound of THOSE CHEEKBONES. Glorious.

  • Qitkat

    I LOVE THAT JACKET! WANT, WANT, WANT. [and she modestly said, that’s a great color on me]
    Not feeling The Cate here, at all.

    • minnye

      Yeah, me neither. That left cheekbone is just… weird. Camera angle?

  • Jacob Bowen

    Cheekbones+Belt Buckle= BAM, mind blown!

  • BKagainwiththesweatpants


  • sunflower

    That Armani looks sooo much better on her than the model

  • demidaemon

    Setting that jacket back was the best decision the stylist made. It overwhelms and dowdifies the outfit on the runway. Not so here, with Cate’s fabulous face front and center.

  • conniemd

    Ouch. Bad photoshopping on the left checkbone. Our glorious Cate doesn’t need any help like that. Nature already made her perfect.

  • d4divine

    Agree on all points TLo!

  • PeaceBang

    “FAME CAN BE A HOLLOW ACHIEVEMENT!” “Which is why I like to wear 20 lbs, of solid gold bouillon around my waist; it helps me feel less hollow.”

  • Pennymac

    The Vogue cover is better, I think.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    Jesus Christ on a cross, is THAT ever a magazine cover! Fabulous!

  • Mona_Visa

    She’s got to win.

    I’ve never gotten over the fact that Gwyneth Paltrow won the Oscar over Cate Blanchett in 1999. Never.

    • Elizabeth Flowers


  • Lesley

    girl looks fierce on that cover – thank you jesus

  • lifeisastory

    I don’t understand the belt buckle

  • MsOlympia

    That gorgeous magenta lip makes the whole thing work.

  • Gatto Nero


  • James Kelly

    I cannot believe GA sent her down looking like nana. Shameful.