By Tom Cardy
Rising Hollywood star Cate Blanchett is in Wellington and enjoying the nightlife -- but is so far too busy for interviews.
The Australian actress, nominated for a Best Actress Oscar last year for the film Elizabeth, is in the Capital for about a month to play Galadriel in the $360 million The Lord Of The Rings movie trilogy.
Requests to interview the star have so far been turned down by Blanchett´s publicist.
Blanchett, 31, had dinner on Friday at Logan Brown restaurant in Wellington with a party including director Peter Jackson and a leading US star, Liv Tyler.
Co-owner and chef Alister Brown said the group ate upstairs from the main dining area so they could have some privacy "without the goggling eyes".
"I would day a lot of people didn´t recognise Cate Blanchett anyway," he said.
"I think there were three females at the table and there were three salads for entrees. Movie stars eat a lot of salads, I think. They really enjoyed their evening, had a few wines and they were gone by 12 o´clock."
Mr Brown said big names had eaten at the restaurant, including Tom jones during his recent visit, but Friday was probably the largest number of Hollywood stars at one time.
"We love to entertain them, that´s for sure. We get a real kick of having people like that under our roof."
Blanchett has a small but important role in The Lord Of The Rings as Galadriel, an elven queen. Her on-screen husband Celeborn is played by Kiwi actor Marton Csokas.
Blanchett apeared at Australian Fashion Week last month wearing and praising clothes by Kiwi designer Karen Walker. She was most recently seen in the film The Talented Mr Ripley.
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