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Cate Blanchett discusses her family, public perception and Robin Hood in W magazine

Cate Blanchett Looks Luminous on the cover of W

The beautiful Cate Blanchett is having a busy month—she's been shooting a commercial with Kevin Spacey in Potofino Italy and then she wowed at the Cannes Film Festival. Cate and Russell Crowe were out in force to promote their film Robin Hood. The lovely Melburnian also appears on the cover of W magazine, along with the headline, "Practically Pefect in Every Way..." Check out what Cate has to say about her career, her co-stars and her public persona.

  • Cate on her inaccurate public perception: “I’m so misunderstood! I’m not focused on what other people think of me. 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.”
  • On the co-star who has made the biggest impression on her as an actress: “It would have to be Geoffrey Rush. But also Hugo Weaving. And then the incredible experience with Judi [Dench]. And it was also amazing to work with Max von Sydow. And John Turturro—”
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  • On having all boys: “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.”
  • A Streetcar Named Desire director Liv Ullmann on Cate getting hit in the head with a prop during one of the theatre performances: “She was very bloody, and we had to stop the show for insurance reasons, but she was laughing. She wanted to keep going, in spite of the blood all over her costume.”
  • Cate's husband, playwright Andrew Upton, on his wife as a coworker: “She challenges, but she’s not aggressive. I can tend to be a bit scattergun. She’s quite practical in the end, so I often just fire off, and she’ll sort of pick up the pieces or choose the best bits. She would be the first and pretty much only person I would seriously seek counsel from. We’re fairly brutal with each other.”
  • On backpacking in the Middle East when she was 19 years old: “I’d love to see if the Oxford Hotel in Cairo is still around—some pretty dodgy things were going on there! There was one guy there who’d been in bed for three years just waiting for a package to arrive from Pakistan.” Her giggling becomes uncontrollable. “I don’t know if the package ever came! He had to have gotten bedsores!”
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