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Cate Blanchett: I want to be in Bond

Cate Blanchett would accept the role of a Bond villain in a "heartbeat".

The Australian actress is tired of playing saintly characters and is eager to land a darker, unglamorous role. In an interview for the April issue of the UK edition of Harper's Bazaar, Cate revealed she is a huge fan of the 007 franchise. She says Rosa Klebb in From Russia with Love was her favourite baddie of all time.

"Oh God! Yes! I'd be there in a heartbeat," she told the magazine when asked if she would consider playing a Bond villain. "I love Lotta Lenya. She had a club foot and a limp. I'm not a purist in that way."

Cate is married to playwright Andrew Upton and the pair raise three young boys. The family is based in Australia, where they run the Sydney Theatre Company.

The 43-year-old has revealed that her husband has always encouraged her to have more domestic interests away from her career.

"My husband went through a phase of giving me vacuum cleaners, sewing machines and Mixmasters," she laughed. "It's ironic. He is encouraging me to develop a hobby, I think."

Cate also shared some advice she was once offered from a fellow Hollywood star. The actress never forgot the wise words and says they keep her grounded.

"An actress once advised me, 'Make sure you do your own laundry - it will keep you honest,'" she explained.

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