Cate Blanchett’s latest film role as Brad Pitt’s soulmate in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, has the 39-year-old Academy Award winner focused on aging and death which she thinks is a “great” change: “We’ve enshrined the purity, sanctity, value, and importance of bringing children into the world, yet we don’t discuss death.” Cate discusses death, motherhood to her 3 boys (Dashiell, 7, Roman, 4, and Ignatius, 8 months), marriage and more in the latest edition of Vanity Fair.
On having more babies: “Who knows? Don’t close those doors. The world is very overpopulated, but we do make nice ones. They all look like Andrew. To say he has dominant genes would be an understatement.”
On her husband, Andrew Upton: “[Andrew is] the strongest man I know. He’s got a very strong sense of self. He’s married to a woman who, at the moment, is in a noisy phase in her career. But he’s also been with me when it’s not that noisy, and he knows there’s not a lot of difference in me, or in us. I’m incredibly lucky to be with someone like that. Because my face is more recognized than his, there’s a reverse sexism; somehow his career path is seen as more dispensable, less important. That’s just garbage. I have deep respect for what he does, and likewise. If I was a theater actor, it wouldn’t be an issue.”
On accepting Andrew’s marriage proposal just weeks after they met: “We were in exactly the same place at exactly the same time. He turned to me after a few days and said, ‘Cate … ,’ and I thought, Oh, god, he’s going to ask me to marry him—and I’m going to have to say yes! He didn’t, in fact; he asked me what I wanted for dinner or something like that. But I’d never had that thought before. I thought, This is extraordinary! I’ve never felt this before. What an adventure! It was a leap, but I wasn’t leaping by myself. It was a leap into the future.”
On how she and Andrew juggle life with 3 young sons: “We don’t mind a bit of chaos. As your life becomes more populated with little people, you have to adapt, but I’ve never been frightened of change.”
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On turning 40 soon and feeling the pressure to have plastic surgery: “I haven’t done anything, but who knows. Andrew said he’d divorce me if I did anything. When you’ve had children, your body changes; there’s history to it. I like the evolution of that history; I’m fortunate to be with somebody who likes the evolution of that history. I think it’s important to not eradicate it. I look at someone’s face and I see the work before I see the person. I personally don’t think people look better when they do it; they just look different. You’re certainly not staving off the inevitable. And if you’re doing it out of fear, that fear’s still going to be seen through your eyes. The windows to your soul, they say. But I’m not a spokesperson against the world of injectables. If you grow up in an environment where your mother gets you a boob job when you turn 18, what hope is there? But I didn’t grow up in that world. The reason I went to train as an actor was that I was interested in it for the long haul. You can become very self-obsessed, but you’ve got to keep looking outward.”
On aging with your soulmate: (Cate has been married for 11 years to Andrew Upton, an Australian playwright, screenwriter, and director): “If you age with somebody, you go through so many roles—you’re lovers, friends, enemies, colleagues, strangers; you’re brother and sister. That’s what intimacy is, if you’re with your soulmate. Marriage is a risk; I think it’s a great and glorious risk, as long as you embark on the adventure in the same spirit.”
On her father’s death when she was 10-years-old: “The night of the day he died, I thought, Wow—I’m up so late, and I haven’t eaten all day. It’s hard to compute something so massive. I just sort of rolled with it. You sort of see it from other people’s perspective. I could see that my sister was so young, and I felt it was tragic that she might not remember him. I could see how it affected my brother, who was 11 or 12. I saw what a struggle it was for my mother. I think about my father and how sad it was that he never had grandchildren. Maybe this is just me trying to live with the loss.”
On if she believes in an afterlife: “I wish I did; it would be really comforting. But I don’t think we’re that important.” She does, however, say “that whole notion in The Tibetan Book of the Dead, that life is paving the way for a good death.” She sighs and adds, “I hope it isn’t a car park.”
On the glitz and glam of Hollywood life: “I don’t exist in that world. I observe it, but there’s so much else to be thinking about. Maybe it’s because I’m with someone who’s not with me because of that; I’m not a trophy. He likes the vessel, but he also wants to make sure the vessel is full. The world of film can be so noisy, but the other aspects of my life are actually the noisiest parts of my life. My best friends are a social worker and a visual artist.”
Cate is currently in rehearsal for an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Wars of the Roses cycle, an eight-hour production that includes “Richard II, all the Henrys, and Richard III,” she says. The show will begin as part of the Sydney Festival in January, with Cate playing Richard II and Lady Anne.