The issue, which hits newsstands on May 25, features Cate in various couture gowns talking about her husband, her favorite actors, and her reputation.
Here are some highlights from the interview:
On the public’s inaccurate perception of her: “I’m so misunderstood! I’m not focused on what other people think of me. Some people get you and some people don’t, and to spend your life trying to make people understand how deep and complex and varied you are—I think that way lies madness.”
On husband Andrew Upton’s influence: “My husband keeps me really honest. I remember him saying to me after I made Elizabeth, ‘Sweetheart, you’ve probably got about about five years.’ He was preparing me for the time when the work dries up, as it invariably does.”
On working with Andrew: “We’re really open. I have friends—she’s an actor/writer married to a director—and she was horrified when we said we were going to work together. She said they don’t talk about work because they don’t want to venture into the territory of being criticized by you partner. But I know what to do with the criticism.”
On her reputation for being the most prepared person on a film set: “Well, I’m about to dispense with that myth!”—a reference to the following day, when she’s to begin shooting a Joe Wright–directed film called Hanna, in which she plays an intelligence operative. “I’m always winging it,” she adds.
On why acting doesn't come naturally to her: “Before I made a film, I thought it was easy,” she says. “I thought, They all get so much time, so they can get a perfect moment, and then assemble a series of perfect moments. Then you get on set, and you realize it’s a completely different form of concentration [from theater], because you are used to the grand arc of a story and a film is made so piecemeal. To hold the whole story in your head—I found that kind of impossible and terrifying at first.”