Blanchett's two-minute audition
Cate told Vanity Fair of her audition: "He called, and we spoke for about a minute and a half, and he said he had a script, and was I interested in reading it, and I said, 'Uh, yes I am.'
"And he sent it to me and said, 'Call me when you've read it.' And I called, and we spoke for another 45 seconds, where I said I'd love to do it, and he said, 'Great, I'll see you in San Francisco'."
Blue Jasmine stars Cate as a woman suffering from depression after being conned by her husband, played by Alec Baldwin, who goes to stay with her sister (Sally Hawkins) in San Francisco.
The 44-year-old actress admitted Woody likes to get everything done as quickly as possible.
Cate said: "Ninety-seven per cent of his direction is in the screenplay, and then he just wants to get out of the actors' way. But I love the dialogue with the director, so, you know, I'd ask him a question, and he'd answer it. He was pretty practical."