Of all the challenges presented by The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – the near three-hour running time, the unusual story structure, the copious amount of make-up – Cate Blanchett found that her biggest problem came courtesy of her leading man, Brad Pitt.
They were excellent in Alejandro González Iñárritu's 2006 drama Babel and here they shine once again, playing lovers in director David Fincher's adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald's 1922 short story about a man who is born in his eighties and ages backwards.
It borders on overdesigned, but that dance between simplicity and excessive embellishment is what makes Alessandro Michele's designs for Gucci so exciting.
Then, there are the strong shoulders and stand-out ruffles circling down the arms of the gown.
She and her husband, playwright Andrew Upton, met in 1996 when she was starring in a stage production of The Seagull, and despite early crossed wires - she thought him arrogant, he thought her aloof - they married the following year.
They now work together, too, running the Sydney Theatre Company.
In a way, it sounds crazy, but I do feel I have been strangely privileged in that respect." Blanchett's own father died when she was just 10 years old.
Europe has been a place of battles and political intrigue for centuries.
Indeed, the day Blanchett and I meet sees the actress in London for the premiere of her husband's latest stage production, Riflemind, at London's Trafalgar Studios.
"I love theatre – it's where I started – and I've directed a play myself.
"Oh, that's easy," she chuckles, "having to work with Brad again!
" The Big Short, the film adaptation of Michael Lewis' book of the same name about the causes of the financial crisis, opens in UK cinemas this weekend.