Article: Cate Reveals Biggest Breaks, Toughest Gigs and Best Advice

On June 11, five distinct women will be feted at the Crystal + Lucy Awards, held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. The 12th installment of Women in Film’s annual awards ceremony will honor the on- and offscreen achievements of Cate Blanchett, 45; Rose Byrne, 34; Frozen director Jennifer Lee, 43; Kerry Washington, 37; and Eva Longoria, 39.

The honorees sound off on why you don’t get just one big break in Hollywood, why integrating more women into the business is crucial for storytelling and the famous ladies they consider their industry idols.

Crystal Award for Excellence in Film

CATE BLANCHETT

BIG BREAK: It would have to have been being cast in Oleanna, [playwright] David Mamet‘s searing two-hander, at the Sydney Theatre Company. The play was explosive. During and after the run was the first time I think my agent had to field any calls about me.

BEST CAREER ADVICE: “Stop crying and do it again.”

INDUSTRY IDOLS: Kathleen Kennedy and Amy Adams because they are brilliant at what they do — blending genius with practical application. But they are genuinely nurturing and enthusiastic about the work of others. They have subtle, enduring panache.

(head over to the SOURCE to see what the other remarkable women have to say)

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