"It was pretty easy to pretend to be enamored by her," says Mara of Blanchett

By Kara Warner
Updated October 29, 2015 12:20 AM
Credit: The Weinstein Company

During the filming of their upcoming drama Carol, Rooney Mara learned something that die-hard fans of her co-star Cate Blanchett already know/assume: It’s easy to fall in love with the Blue Jasmine actress.

In a conversation with real-life friend and musician St. Vincent (real name: Annie Clark) for Interview Magazine Mara, 30, reveals that she was “terrified” about meeting the Oscar-winner, with whom she shares a steamy onscreen romance in the buzzworthy Todd Haynes-directed film.

“I remember the first time I saw Cate, in Elizabeth. I think I was 13,” Mara says. “I went to our little local theater with my mom, and I was like, ‘Oh, my God, who is that woman?’ She’s just so incredible. It was pretty easy to pretend to be enamored by her. And she’s quick and witty and funny. She’s very confident. It’s amazing. Usually it’s not that great to meet your idols and work with them; it’s kind of a letdown. This definitely wasn’t. She’s much different than I had in my head, but kind of better, in a way. It was also obviously terrifying.”

Mara goes on to clarify that the “terror” she felt was in putting pressure on herself to perform at the highest level possible.

“Just working with someone who you think is the best at what you do,” says Mara. “It’s terrifying to stand beside them and try to do it with them.”

Mara seemingly has nothing to worry about regarding her performance. After receiving rave reviews at the Cannes Film Festival, where Mara won best actress, the 1950s-set film, which is based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel The Price of Salt is already on many an Oscar prognosticator’s short list.

Carol arrives in theaters Nov. 27.