24 October 2012 by

As The Hobbit release date draws nearer, Cate Blanchett speaks about being a working mum and fancying Sir Ian McKellan.

Cate Blanchett Empire Cover

As the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey draws ever nearer, Cate Blanchett has spoken to Empire magazine about her taking up her role as elf-princess Galadriel 9 years on from the Lord Of The Rings trilogy.

With The Hobbit set for release in just over a month and a half (December 14th to be exact fact fans), nerd-dom is set to make a comeback in a big way, with Cate Blanchett leading the pack. Speaking recently, she talked excitedly about her fellow cast members. “What was extraordinary for me was getting to work with Ian McKellen. I only briefly worked with him in Lord Of The Rings and in my very small part in The Hobbit it was mainly with him. He’s just a god amongst men. It’s a highlight of my career getting to act with him. He’s a wonderful man and one of the most extraordinary actors. I honestly think he’s one of the best of all time.”

Cate's Ian-love doesn't stop there though, "I’m smitten!" She said of the 73-year-old. "If only he were straight…In another life. Maybe in some different universe we’re blissfully happy together.” Not sure he's our cup of tea, but each to their own Cate!

She also talked about life as a busy working mum, “I’ve got three children from four to ten and my husband and I are running the Sydney Theatre Company, so the only film jobs I’ve been able to do are the ones that can be done in the school holidays or in a small slot where I can fit it in. Ten days on The Hobbit is an absolute godsend because it’s brilliant fun and you know the results are going to be great and even though I’m only a small part of it, I’m very happy to be a wheel on that Tonka truck.”

Speaking of the age-old problem faced by every working mum she went on, “You can’t do everything. I don’t have any regrets. I’ve had children and that’s the most important thing for me, so I can’t do everything. Sure, there are things I’ve wanted to do that I haven’t been able to but I’ve also been able to do fantastic things at the Sydney Theatre Company. I wouldn’t swap a moment of that.”

Sounds like she's managed to get things just right.

Read Cate's full interview in the new issue of Empire, out now.


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