Yesteday, the cast of “Blue Jasmine,” continued their promotional tour of Woody Allen’s latest film with a Los Angeles premiere presented by AFI and Sony Picture Classics. Stars Andrew Dice Clay, actress Cate Blanchett, actor Bobby Cannavale and actor Peter Sarsgaard were all in attendance. Other notables who walked the red carpet at the AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater included actress Kaley Cuoco, Rose Byrne, and Ally and AJ Michalka, to name a few. The premiere was sponsored by Sabra and Russian Standard Vodka. Blanchett looked chic in a black and white dress.
On Monday evening, usedview.com was on the red carpet for the star-studded New York premiere of “Blue Jasmine,” at MoMA, which was presented by SK-II and Quintessentially Lifestyle. The party continued into the early hours of Tuesday morning. From the film: Alec Baldwin, Cate Blanchett, Tammy Blanchard, Louis C.K., Max Casella, Andrew Dice Clay, Peter Sarsgaard, and Michael Stuhlbarg all walked the red carpet.
“Girls” star Zosia Mamet, is a huge Woody Allen fan. She told us on the red carpet, “He’s such a quintessential New York figure and the way that he made New York a character in all of his films, which is very much also a piece of our show. And just sort of being a person of our generation and loving films so much, I’m sure that he’s influenced Lena in many ways, even more so than any of us know. And I think his dark satirical humor is an incredible influence on all of the young filmmakers of today who are sort of trying to recreate that. I think he’s an inescapable influence when it comes to cinema.” Bebe Neuwirth added, “He’s a great filmmaker and he’s touched by some genius and he’s a funny guy.”
In “Blue Jasmine,” after everything in her life falls to pieces, including her marriage to wealthy businessman Hal (Alec Baldwin), elegant New York socialite Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) moves into her sister Ginger’s (Sally Hawkins) modest apartment in San Francisco to try to pull herself back together again.
Peter Sarsgaard plays Cate Blanchett’s love interest.
What was it like working with Cate Blanchett?
She’s such a glamorous woman first of all, and the fact that somebody thought that I could possibly be her lover made me feel like such a man. I would just stand next to her and hold her like a woman and kiss her and be with her – I’m just really flattered that Woody Allen thinks that I could do that.
Since Woody Allen is into Jazz, do you know a lot about the genre?
I know a good amount about jazz. I played drums with Ornette Coleman once.
When you sit down with new people, what do you do to get the conversation going?
I try to just find an area of common interest. Like with someone like Woody, he’s not extremely extroverted or anything, so if you wanted to talk to someone like him, you would have to sort of search for it.
What was best day of life?
The day my first daughter was born.
Cate Blanchett gives a complex and riveting performance as Jasmine. She looked stunning in a pale pink vintage Balenciaga number. She exclaimed about her outfit, “I’ve had a little help, I wouldn’t be going to Whole Foods in this!”
How were you able to channel Jasmine, this high society lady?
Obviously, a bit of observation helped. And Suzy Benzinger and I had a great relationship, the costume designer and just tracking that all the way through.
Can you speak about creating your character with Woody?
Woody and I didn’t discuss it at all. I mean the setup of it yes, there’s paraellels, but it’s very much a Woody Allen universe.
Was it nerve-wracking to star in a Woody Allen film?
Yes, there’s a sense of expectation around it, totally, but I think that makes you rise to the occasion.
What was the best day of your life?
My marriage, the birth of my children. I gave birth to three boys.
Max Casella plays Eddie in the film.
Tell us about your character.
I play Eddie, a guy who’s trying to date Cate Blanchett’s character, desperately trying to go out and score with Cate Blanchett with her character Jasmine, who is way out of my league and very resentful even having to sit at a table with me.
What was the highlight of working on “Blue Jasmine”?
Working with Woody Allen and Cate Blanchett.
What was the casting process like?
I was told to show up at his office and there was no script or anything to read, which I thought was great because if I have to prepare, that gives me stress. So it’s a nice treat to just show up, but as it turned out, I had to read something anyway when he just stuck a scene right in front of me and asked me to read it.
Michael Stuhlbarg who plays Dr. Flicker in the film said the highlight of working with Woody Allen was, “Just getting a chance to be with him and getting asked is a huge honor.”
After the screening, the fashionable crowd, which included Amy Poehler, Adrian Grenier, Martha Stewart, Al Roker and Deborah Roberts, Solange Knowles, Joseph Altuzarra, Bob Balaban, Byrdie Bell, Derek Blasberg, David Chase, Kyle Dewoody, Adam Driver, Alexander Gilkes, Cuba Gooding Jr., Zani Gugelmann, Jessica Joffe, Rachel Harris, Ricky and Kathy Hilton, Barry Levinson, Natasha Lyonne, Jenna Lyons, Zosia Mamet, Alyssa Miller, Arizona Muse, Bebe Neuwirth, Harley Viera Newton, Stavros Niachros and Jessica Hart, Lawrence O’Donnell, Max Osterweis, Dominique Piek, Zac Posen, Lily Rabe, Cynthia Rowley, Ry Russo-Young, Sofia Sanchez Barrenechea, Harry Smith, Danielle Snyder, Danny Strong, Jeremy Strong, Julie Taymor, Tennessee Thomas, Maura Tierney, Liv Ullmann, Jess Weixler, and Ben Younger, headed to Harlow.
“Blue Jasmine” will be in released in New York and Los Angeles on tomorrow, July 26, 2013.