Cate Blanchett Tells Marie Claire Why Being Famous ISN’T Everything

Cate Blanchett is quite possibly the most inspiring star we've ever met. The Oscar-winning actress talks beauty, fame and Blue Jasmine in our exclusive interview. THIS is why she's the best...

Cate Blanchett opens up about the pressures of fame, as we met the Hollywood starlet to talk beauty, family life and her incredible career.

‘If it’s part of your identify, then you need to keep feeding it,’ the Blue Jasmine actress told us, as she arrived in London to talk beauty as the Global Ambassador of SK-II.

‘But it’s not really part of mine,’ she added. ‘You’re in a film or you’re on stage to entertain people, so that people will go and see it, it’s my job, but that’s not all of who I am. It’s a wonderful, fantastic part of it, but it’s not everything.’

The Oscar-winning star speaks honestly about her approach to fame, while admitting that sharing her life on the internet isn’t something she plans to do anytime soon. ‘I’m a big believer in intimacy.

‘If you take a photograph of one another, I don’t like to think two hundred people are going to see that. It’s nice that maybe four people might see that picture.’

The Australian actress is not only a successful movie star, a beauty icon and fashion inspiration – who perched in front of us wearing the most beautiful Stella McCartney suit we’ve ever seen – but Cate is also a busy working mum.

Juggling her career commitments with three children and husband, Andrew Upton, who’s currently running the Sydney Theatre Company, she notes her sympathy for the women like Kate Middleton, who come under more scrutiny from the media.

Her advice: ‘Don’t read it, don’t look at it, don’t worry about it. The more you worry, the more stressed you get. We’re constantly instagraming ourselves, tweeting where we are… you have to let go of all that stuff.’

And when it comes to Hollywood’s new generation of ‘oversharers’, the actress says: ‘You look at Rooney Mara, look at Mia Wasikowska, there’s a lot of really smart girls out there – who’ve got a handle on what they want to give away and what they don’t. And they’re the ones I really respect, and they’re the ones I’m drawn to because there’s a mystery to them.’

Having dug deeper into the life of a struggling socialite for Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, Cate explains how she coped: ‘I loved it. It was tricky and complicated, and a balancing act, because she’s someone who’s on the brink of mental collapse, and who’s carrying a great burden of guilt, and has lived with self deception for a number of years.

‘But the more complicated the character, the more nooks and crannies you can go into. And the cast was so fantastic, and Woody’s script was wonderful. I really relished it, actually.’

Now immersing herself into the world of beauty once again, Cate revealed her secrets to maintaining that flawless complexion on the go.

‘I’m pretty time poor like everyone, so often I won’t put the foundation on, I’ll just prep the skin. That’s all I have time to do before I run out.

SK-II have a cellumination range, and that’s really great if you’re in public a lot and want your skin to have a bit of kick. It’s still a moisturiser but it just gives it that extra bit of sparkle. But when I’m traveling I’ll always take the masks with me.’

‘All of the products have Pitera in them, which no other skincare line has. And it has illuminizing properties, it feeds the roots of your skin, it’s really hydrating and [great for] that dreaded thing, anti-ageing.’

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