Cate Blanchett’s recipe for a happy marriage: share an email address


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Yet Cate Blanchett says she runs her household as a ‘‘well-oiled machine’’ by reading all messages addressed to her husband, Andrew Upton.

She said her husband was happy with the arrangement because ‘‘he hates emails’’. They share an account and he leaves the correspondence up to her.

‘‘We work together and it’s a way of synchronising our lives. I can see what he’s up to – it’s not that I don’t trust him,’’ she said.

Blanchett, 44, who is Oscar-nominated for her role in the Woody Allen film Blue Jasmine, also takes charge of organising the lives of her three children Dashiell, 12, Roman, nine, and Ignatius, five.

‘I’ve got a whole system going. I know what has to be done by the end of the evening, and what has to be done by the end of the morning. Three lunch boxes, three school bags, three sets of school uniform,’’ Blanchett said.

The actress has a rule that she will never be away from her children for more than six days. She said there are times when she dislikes the acting profession but ‘‘it’s a vocation, something I feel compelled to do. The work is not simple, but I do love it’’, the Mail on Sunday reported.

Blanchett and Upton, a writer and director, have been married for 16 years. In 2008 they became co-artistic directors of the Sydney Theatre Company but last year announced plans to step down.

The Australian actress, who won a best supporting actress Oscar for The Aviator in 2005, said in a recent interview the she felt ‘‘incredibly fortunate to have met the intelligent, generous, risk-taking, stimulating man to whom I am married’’.

She added: ‘‘He’s really amazing. I don’t think it’s more difficult for actors to have a good marriage than anyone. I think in the end a really important component of any relationship is honesty, and it also comes down to luck.’’

Blanchett’s latest film is The Monuments Men, the true story of an Allied mission to retrieve looted art works from the Nazis.

She plays an art curator from the Louvre and said the film, directed by and starring George Clooney, was about ‘‘the importance of culture and what is worth dying for’’.

‘For me, the power of this story is that it shines a new light on a story we thought we already knew. It also opens a door on to a very noble and quirky bunch of people who weren’t well known but who really changed what we understand our contemporary culture to be,’’ she said.

The film has had lukewarm reviews, in comparison to Blue Jasmine for which she remains the bookmakers’ favourite to win the best actress Oscar.

(written by Anita Singh for The Sydney Morning Herald, Source)


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