Cate Blanchett literally graces the June 2010 cover of W Magazine in a way only she could. For the article, the Australian beauty spills about her favorite co-stars, her kids, and her new movie Robin Hood.
Cate, however, would not talk about herself, a reflection of her truly humble attitude. She circumvented any flattering comments made by W’s interviewer by deflecting the compliments onto others, like co-stars or directors of her movies. “Cate is someone who can seem secretive. You don’t know what she’s thinking,” observes Liv Ullmann, who directed Blanchett in A Streetcar Named Desire, produced by the Sydney Theatre Company, which is headed by Blanchett and her husband, playwright Andrew Upton.
The Sydney Theatre Company is Australia’s most prestigious theater group. Blanchett plays down her own talent again by admitting that her hubby “is the one with the—he wouldn’t say this, but it’s true—he’s the one with the big ideas. I help, uh, enact them.” Yeah right, Cate…we know you’re awesome.
In addition to fulfilling her artistic endeavors, the lovely actress — of both the screen and the stage — is the mother of Dashiell, Roman, 6, and Ignatius, 2, who goes by Iggy. “Everyone says, ‘Oh, you must have [been trying] to have a girl,’” she says, adding that she’s open to having another child, regardless of gender. “If the next one was a boy, then that’s just our lot! It’s true you do get a bit demented [with three boys].” But, she adds, “the chaos of it is great.”
“Actors are dramatic, and they like to make drama of their own lives. Not Cate.” says Ullman. Blanchett, who has made 29 movies in the 10 years following Elizabeth, her 1998 breakout film, for which she was first nominated for an Academy Award, is a laid back lady — the kind you want to be your best friend. “I’m not focused on what other people think of me,” she says confidently. “Some people get you and some people don’t, and to spend your life trying to make people understand how deep and complex and varied you are—I think that way lies madness.”