Actress Cate Blanchett listens to speeches at the "Screen Worlds: The story of film, television and digital culture" exhibition opening at Federation Square on September 17, 2009 in Melbourne, Australia. (Getty Images)more pics »Cate Blanchett
has three sons with her husband Andrew Upton, and she brought her whole family along while filming her latest movie Robin Hood
, in which she plays Maid Marion. As it turns out, the boys were pretty impressed to see Mom getting in on the action scenes. Cate and her boys (Bauer Griffin)
Explaining why she took the role, she said: “It seemed like a great way for us all to spend the summer back in the UK -- and it was. In fact, it was thrilling. Our boys had a ball. I went up in their estimation from the first night on set, when I was called on to shoot a flaming arrow, missed my mark and hit a light, which duly exploded. I mean, how many mums do stuff like that?”
The 40-year-old actress, who now resides in her native Australia, also admitted her priorities have changed when considering her next movie because she has to put her family first.
She told the Times Online
: “Anyone with children will tell you the same thing. Starting out as single women, our first questions about any job are, ‘What kind of role is it?’ and ‘Who will I be working with?’ But as soon as we have kids, we find ourselves asking, ‘How long’s the shoot?’ and ‘Can it be done in the school holidays?’
“Suddenly, your attitude becomes very pragmatic. It has to, because shifting your household to another hemisphere is a major upheaval and there has to be a pretty compelling reason for you to do it.”
The blonde beauty previously lived in England for 10 years, and she admits one of the things she misses most about the UK is cold weather.
She added: “I miss the seasons, definitely. I miss the cold. We were filming Robin Hood
in Windsor Great Park, which I’d never visited before… That place is just divine. It could turn you into a tree-hugger. Friends, too, of course. And I miss Brighton a lot, which is where we were before leaving.”
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