My crazy-talented girl-crush Cate Blanchett – who is currently playing A Streetcar Named Desire‘s Blanche in New York — recently divulged some fascinating information to People magazine.
It’s true she’s been in some forgettable films — The Talented Mr. Ripley anyone? — but she’s never put in a forgettable performance. Her Bob Dylan, ahem, “Jude,” in Todd Haynes’ I’m Not There changed my life.
Along with her husband, playwright Andrew Upton, Blanchett presently acts as co-director of the Sydney Theater Company. They have three young boys together.
So yeah, she’s pretty much kicking ass and taking names, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t enjoy the menial things: like vacuuming. “It’s a very satisfying noise when you hear all that grit sucked up from the floor and into the machine … Vacuuming is a big one for me and it’s one of those simple things that keep my life grounded. It can be quite therapeutic!”
(I myself secretly love washing dishes, which is why we should totally be besties.)
She added in the interview that she doesn’t mind being the only woman in her household at all: “Having boys is great. It’s a neat position to be in and I love the high energy that comes along in raising boys. It’s fun.” And she seems to be balancing the responsibilities of being an extraordinary, active performer with being a mom: “Theater is an evening event so you can’t put your kids to bed as often as you’d like but we seem to find a way to manage … The kids have been to New York before and they love it. We have lots of friends who’ve got kids and that helps. But they will come visit me at work.”
Way to go, Blanchett. Can’t wait to see what you’ll do next.