Cate Off-Screen: She's No Diva, No Trophy

Actress discusses her private life
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 29, 2008 7:59 PM CST
Cate Blanchett and husband Andrew Upton arrives for the Australian Premiere of 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button' at the Sydney Theatre on December 10, 2008 in Sydney, Australia.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Cate Blanchett, the ethereal beauty whose penchant for risky film roles has won her a raft of awards, is as drama-free off the screen as she is compelling on it, writes Leslie Bennetts in Vanity Fair. The mother of three young boys talks about her newest film, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, with a disarming lack of ego. "No diva-esque drama; none of the narcissistic self-centeredness that so many actors exude like a noxious perfume. No attitude; no histrionics."

Blanchett, whose father died when she was young, says Benjamin Button can act as “a repository for your grief, about whatever you grieve about.” Mostly, she says, it's about death, which she thinks we ought to talk about a lot more. “We’ve enshrined the purity, sanctity, value, and importance of bringing children into the world, yet we don’t discuss death." And how does she manage to remain so distant from Hollywood gossip? She credits her husband. "Maybe it’s because I’m with someone who’s not with me because of that; I'm not a trophy."