By Devan Coggan
Updated October 28, 2015 at 12:00 PM EDT
Wilson Webb

Rooney Mara stars opposite Cate Blanchett in the upcoming romance Carol, and although the two play lovers in the adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s 1950s novel The Price of Salt, in an interview with her friend Annie Clark (a.k.a. St. Vincent) Mara admits that she was completely intimidated to work with Blanchett.

“I remember the first time I saw Cate, in Elizabeth [1998],” Mara told Clark for Interview Magazine’s November cover story. “I think I was 13. 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.”

Mara added that her admiration for Blanchett made it “terrifying” to work with her in Carol. “Just working with someone who you think is the best at what you do,” she said. “It’s terrifying to stand beside them and try to do it with them.”

Read the full feature at Interview, and see the cover of the November issue below.

Interview Magazine