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CATE TALKS CINDERELLA AND BABIES: “We’re besotted,” Cate Blanchett said on the blue carpet at the Australian premiere of “Cinderella” at Sydney’s State Theatre on Sunday, speaking about her newly adopted American baby daughter, Edith Vivian Patricia Upton.

Wearing a color blocked violet and coral dress from Roksanda Ilincic’s pre-fall collection, Blanchett was accompanied by husband Andrew Upton and their three boys Roman, Dashiell and Ignatius. “Look, I wish I could say I did it for my children, but selfishly I did it for myself,” said Blanchett of joining the cast of Disney’s live action remake of the classic fairy tale in the role of evil stepmother Lady Tremayne. “I still can’t quite believe I get to dress up for a living. But when you’re entering a storybook universe and you do it with [production designer] Dante Ferretti and [costume designer] Sandy Powell as your visual partners, it’s fantastic. And they’re so bold visually, then you have to try and push out the visual offers they make and fill them.”

Does she regret never having had the opportunity to play Cinderella? “I’ve had a few friends, when I said I was doing it, who looked at me sort of suspiciously and said ‘Darling, aren’t you a little old?’ I said, ‘No, no, I’m playing the stepmother.’ No, I think that moment has passed. It would be a bit ‘What Ever Happened To Baby Jane’ if I was playing Cinderella, although that could be interesting.”

Blanchett rarely carries a bag on the red carpet but making their debuts at the premiere in the hands of Australian actress Pia Miranda and stylist Jules Sebastian were the latest additions to the Cinderella merchandising machine — two evening clutches released by Australian accessories company Oroton in partnership with The Walt Disney Company Australia in the leadup to the film’s March 26 Australian release.

Available through select Oroton stores and the oroton.com website in a limited edition of 40 pieces per style, The Cinderella Crystal Clutch and the Fairy Godmother Crystal Clutch are handcrafted with over 2,600 hand-set Swarovski crystals and lined in 100 percent silk and retail for 1,500 Australian dollars or $1,145 at current exchange.

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