Oprah: Were you a little nervous about [the role] at first?
Cate: Oprah, I was completely daunted. I mean, it's one thing sort of playing a role that's challenging but when you're playing someone who's so iconic and her fan base is so enormous…the most scary thing is negotiating the expectations of her fans. Terrifying!
Oprah: You thought it might be a career-killer? That it would either work or not?
Cate: That's why I'm so amazed to be talking to you. When I took it on, I mean, it was Martin Scorcese so I was in very safe hands. But I really thought, 'This is the end. I'm gonna have to go back to theater and I'll never make another film again afterwards.'