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Cate Blanchett: ‘I tried to quarantine my kids from a creative life’

Published 06/12/2015

Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett attempted to quarantine her children from “the unpredictability of creative life”, but has now resigned herself to the fact that they may follow her into acting.

Cate Blanchett hopes her children have learned the harsh reality of being an actor by watching her.

The 46-year-old star is mother to sons Dashiell, Roman and Ignatius and adopted daughter Edith with her husband Andrew Upton.

Cate and Andrew have been working as co-artistic directors at the Sydney Theatre Company in Australia, and while Cate has loved the role, she admits she was hoping it may serve to discourage her children from following her into a creative job.

“Initially we tried to quarantine the children from the unpredictability of creative life, but being backstage is like a big sleepover,” Cate explained during an interview with Britain’s OK! magazine. “They love it. If I was a lawyer, people would think, of course my children are going to become members of the bar. In my case, people are saying, ‘Your children want to be actors.’ But they have to really want to do it because there are a lot of pitfalls and rejections along the way.”

Cate has become known as one of the world’s most talented actresses thanks to her roles in films such as The Aviator, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Veronica Guerin.

Her latest movie Carol sees her star as Carol Aird, an older woman going through a divorce who strikes up a friendship and eventual romance with young store clerk Therese, played by Rooney Mara.

The film required Cate and Rooney to shoot some steamy love scenes together, but Cate insists the focus should not be on these and instead on the sheer talent of Rooney.

“Everyone focuses on the love scenes,” she sighed. “I loved working with Rooney and I have great respect for her. We have the same sort of practicality. We take the work seriously but we don’t take ourselves seriously, so I found it very easy to work with her. There are very few actresses who could have created a character as demure and flung out of space as Therese. She has incredible range.”

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