Working with Martin Scorsese was an absolute minute-by-minute education without him ever being grandiose about it.

— Cate Blanchett

The most practical Cate Blanchett quotes that are life-changing and eye-opening

I'm not sitting on a soapbox telling women what they should and shouldn't do, but I know what works for me.


I love strange choices. I'm always interested in people who depart from what is expected of them and go into new territory.


I don't think about being beautiful or not being beautiful.

... It's more about feeling confident inside your own skin really and thinking about yourself as little as possible.


Someone might have a germ of talent, but 90 percent of it is discipline and how you practice it, what you do with it. ... Instinct won't carry you through the entire journey. It's what you do in the moments between inspiration.


The word 'circumnavigate' is quite a beautiful word.


I finally had a honeymoon with my husband in Italy.


You know you've made it when you've been moulded in miniature plastic.

But you know what children do with Barbie dolls - it's a bit scary, actually.


The thing I love about live performance the most, is that the doors are closed, the lights are turned down, and the audience has to be reverential to what's happening onstage.


If you think about Audrey Hepburn, I think she became more beautiful when she stopped being an actress and started working with humanitarian campaigns. The more engaged you can become the more you can shed your self-consciousness.


I'm partial to a nice cup of vodka. I normally just drink it really simple with a little bit of lemon.


Any industry loses its innovation and loses its access to creative juices if you don't have progressive thinking and diversity.


What I love about the theater is that you know who you're acting for: your audience. And the thing I find really hard in film is, you don't. The audience is invisible. And we're sitting there, hoping there's other people out there.


About Cate Blanchett

Quotes 165 sayings
Nationality Australian
Profession Actress
Birthday October 16

Art civilizes us and it connects us and activates us.

And so it's really important to connect with compassion, with stories about people who are different from us.


I like to put perfume on my pulse points, but I also love the way you can sense it - there is an atmosphere that comes from releasing a scent in to the world - it's a primal thing. I spray around me, not just on me, and it lingers in the room after I leave.


If I had my way, if I was lucky enough, if I could be on the brink my entire life - that great sense of expectation and excitement without the disappointment - that would be the perfect state.


I remember when I was 26. My father died when I was young and my mother didn't have a lot of money, so I thought, 'I want to own a flat by the time I'm 26.' So I worked towards that, literally trying to scrimp and save. But sometimes those plans don't go as you expect.


I think referendums are fantastic as long as the question is phrased in a way which is not meant to deliberately confuse or confound people.


It was only when I realized how actors have the power to move people that I decided to pursue acting as a career.


To record something on your iPhone to be watched later, that's like the opposite of theater. The joy of being there is experiencing it with other people. It doesn't translate onto your phone. It's about being present.


The interesting thing for me about the debate about same-sex marriage .

.. is that it's one of those issues where it has no impact on anyone apart from the people that it impacts upon. So I find it quite bewildering that it's - that it's so complicated for people.


Actresses can get outrageously precious about the way they look.

That's not what life's about. If you starve yourself to the point where your brain cells shrivel, you will never do good work. And if you're overly conscious of your arms flapping in the wind, how can you look the other actor in the eye to respond to them?


I think when something is apolitical and it gets politicised, then it's incredibly disappointing.


There is not a lot of separation between work and home life.


I don't have a sense of entitlement or that I deserve this.

You'd be surprised at the lack of competition between nominees - I think a lot of it's imposed from the outside. Can I have my champagne now?


That's why so many people want to play Hamlet: because it's a completely demarked role, and the actor playing it has to be prepared, through the language, to allow the audience to see into who he is.


To become a painter or a sculptor or a graphic designer is quite an isolated way to spend your life.


The one thing that all great cities have in common is that they are all different


Oh god, I wish. I really wish. If I'm time-poor, which I usually am, that's the first thing to go. And I know it shouldn't be, I know I should be really regular, but I like to get it done as quickly as possible.


Perhaps being a parent has changed career more in that you ask yourself how long you'll be away from home. My eldest child is approaching school age so that becomes more important. They're less portable.


I think marriage is all about timing.

Getting married is insanity; I mean, it's a risk - who knows if you're going to be together forever? But you both say, 'We're going to take this chance, in the same spirit.


I'm one of those strange beasts who really likes a corset.


You do get scrutinized in the digital age.

You know they're zooming in on every pore, which you've got to forget about.


Fashion is one thing, you kind of can change your silhouette and try this and try that. But I think that with skin care, you know anything that you put into your skin goes into your body, so you want to know it's actually good for you. So I think I don't believe in fashion when it comes to skin care if that makes sense.


I'm not a big believer in linear paths.

I would always have these sort of five-year plans and think, 'Ok, I wouldn't mind to try to get here in five years.'


I certainly think that when I flick through all the magazines at the hairdresser's I like to see and am drawn to images that have an intelligence and mind at work behind them.


I live my life parallel with my work, and they are both equally important.

I'm always amazed how much people talk about celebrity and fame. I don't understand the attraction.


You can't be trying to make a film that pleases all people, you know, so it's not a concern of mine.


I'm not interested in playing characters who see the world through my prism.

I think the journey of understanding any character is to see how they tick and how they differ from you.


Look, it's one of the great mysteries of the world, I cannot answer that question. I think I'm vaguely blonde. To be perfectly frank, I don't know.


Some days I'm very lazy, and some days I'm more inspired.

I've got things I've had since I was fifteen - I don't throw anything away. I prefer to give it to a friend so I can wear it again...The way I dress doesn't necessarily have to do with fashion, or what is current, or what is in right now, it's more about rediscovering things.


I think that's what I love about my life.

There's no maniacal master plan. It's just unfolding before me.


When I have my moments of insomnia, youll find me on


Women have been doing very, very strange things for centuries.

I mean ancient Egyptians were already doing that, but I don't necessarily judge people who do. I don't really think it makes people look better; they just look different.


My everyday beauty routine is always rushed and pretty simple.


Audiences want to see them, and in fact, they earn money. The world is round, people.


It seems like people increasingly just can't be by themselves because they're so used to having an epicenter on the Internet that actually exists for other people. Until someone clicks onto your Facebook page, it doesn't mean anything.


If you know you are going to fail, then fail gloriously.


Maybe this is my morality coming in again but it was important to me that the actor [ in Notes On A Scandal] was above the age of consent. Although really, what's the difference between 15 and 16? It's the law, yeah, but he's very mature.


o matter how much research you do, or invention you do, whether it's a character from a novel, a completely invented character or someone who actually existed, it's a work of faction. By the very fact you only have an hour and a half or two hours to tell a story, you're telescoping events and it is, in the end, a work of imagination.