Cate Blanchett talks movies, fame and her passion

Actress and two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett admits her children are totally “disinterested” in her fame.

Cate has defined herself as a “working mother who identifies as a feminist,” sharing how it’s a “constant juggle between following your personal, professional passion and trying to give yourself over to and serve your family.”

“Sometimes I get asked what is the most difficult thing for a parent,” she was quoted saying. “I think it’s letting them go, being able to do it […] It is difficult to break away, very difficult, but I am so proud of my son. Of all of my kids, to be honest.”

Cate Blanchett at the Chaplin Award Gala

But the ‘Lord of the Rings’ actress admitted her kids – Dashiell, 20, Roman, 18, Ignatius, 14, and Edith, seven, who she shares with husband her Andrew Upton – feel indifferent about her work, which also includes movies ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’ and ‘Ocean’s 8’, “in the best possible, healthiest way.”

She said: “They have no idea, no idea.

“I told them, ‘Oh I’m going to New York for 36 hours. I’ll be back on Wednesday…’

“One of them is getting an award at school, and they went, ‘Oh, OK, have a good time.’ “

Cate was presented with Chaplin Award earlier this week – where she was praised at the Gala for being an “internationally acclaimed actor, producer, artistic director, humanitarian, and dedicated member of the arts community” – and the star admitted it was “a deep and profound honour”.

Speaking in New York City – where she received the accolade, which was named after legendary comic actor Charlie Chaplin – she added: “Every time someone wins an Oscar, there are five or six, maybe 15 other people who were equally deserving. It just happens to be your timing.

“But, you know, not being from this filmmaking culture, and being recognised by this filmmaking culture tonight at the Chaplin Awards – such an international set of previous recipients – it’s such a deep and profound honour.”

Previous recipients of the Chaplin Award include Dame Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, and Tom Hanks, among others.

Charlie himself received the first-ever Chaplin Award in 1972, when he returned to the US from exile to accept the commendation.

On the topic of the actor’s craft, does she see acting more as telling the truth or telling lies? She reflects on the question, telling me that for her, ultimately, “acting is revealing”. The things revealed can range from being pleasant to repulsive—“but it’s never, ever telling an audience what to think…I suppose that’s what art is, isn’t it? It does more and resonates more than what it seems to do on the surface.” Maybe that’s why some people think that art and acting is deception, she says.

Outside of family and work Cate mainly loves acting, dancing, traveling, blogging, modeling, etc. She is extremely passionate about Modeling. Cate Blanchett has collaborated with multiple reputed and renowned brands.

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