Cate Blanchett’s secret to a happy marriage

By Efrosini Costa

Cate Blanchett’s secret to a happy marriage
Cate Blanchett has revealed her recipe for a happy marriage; share an email account with your partner.

In this technology-driven age where our beloved devices and social media profiles can be so personalised, the thought of sharing an email address can seem quite confronting.

Yet this is exactly what Australian actress Cate Blanchett credit’s as her secret to a successful relationship.

Blanchett, who recently won a string of awards, including a Golden Globe for her performance in the Woody Allen film Blue Jasmine, revealed she reads all of her husband’s emails.

She attributes the arrangement with her partner, writer and director Andrew Upton, works for them because “he hates emails” and is more than happy to leave all matters of correspondence up to her.

The 44-year old, who is the favourite contender for Best Actress at this year’s Oscar awards, believes this allows her to run the household like a “well-oiled machine”.

‘‘We work together and it’s a way of synchronising our lives. I can see what he’s up to – it’s not that I don’t trust him,’’ she said in an interview.

Perhaps the secret to a happy relationship is to have no secrets?

The mother of three also revealed how she takes charge of organising the lives of her children, Dashiell, 12, Roman, nine and Ignatius, five.

‘I’ve got a whole system going. I know what has to be done by the end of the evening, and what has to be done by the end of the morning. Three lunch boxes, three school bags, three sets of school uniform,’’ Blanchett said.

There is also a rule that Blanchett can never be away from her three children for more than six days at a time.

Blanchett and Upton have been married for 16 years and have worked closely together on a number of projects including as co-artistic directors for the Sydney Theatre Company up until last year.

The actress also opened up about her husband in the recent interview saying she was: ‘‘incredibly fortunate to have met the intelligent, generous, risk-taking, stimulating man to whom I am married’’.

‘‘He’s really amazing. I don’t think it’s more difficult for actors to have a good marriage than anyone. I think in the end a really important component of any relationship is honesty, and it also comes down to luck,’’ she added.

What do you think? Would you be able to share an email address with your partner? Is this enough to keep a happy marriage going? Share your thoughts with su in the comments section below.


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