Since her Academy Award-nominated turn as Lydia Tár, Cate Blanchett seems to have gotten a renewed taste for the stage. But at Glastonbury, rather than wielding a conductor’s baton, she debuted some impressively wiggly moves, joining Sparks for a riotous, knee-knocking performance of “The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte” on The Park stage.
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For their first Glastonbury show in their five-decade-long career, Ron and Russell Mael—the two brothers behind Sparks—introduced the 54-year-old Australian by telling the audience: “We did a video for this song recently, and we had the great honor of having the great actor Cate Blanchett join us. Where are you, Cate Blanchett?” The Oscar winner then appeared in the same yellow suit and red headphones she wore in the “The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte” video, wordlessly jiggling around like a car-wash inflatable man.
The unlikely collaboration came about thanks to the Mael brothers’ compositions for Annette, which took them to the Césars the same year that Blanchett received a Lifetime Achievement Award. “When she first heard [the song], she said, ‘I’m laughing and I’m crying at the same time,’” the brothers told Variety. As it turns out, the dancing was all Blanchett’s idea. “I mean, we would like to take credit for having directed her, but we had nothing to do with that. It’s a little bit presumptuous to be directing Cate Blanchett. We were extras in our own video, in a certain way.”