Sitting on the couch, in my jammies, about to interveiw Cate Blanchett for PRIMPED is somewhat of a surreal experience. I know this, Happies, because this was my exact situation last Friday.
I was asked to interview the actress about her ten years with SK-II and generally shoot the breeze about all things beauty and health related. She was, as expected, an absolute delight, flowing between serene and highly intelligent to funny, witty and brilliant all at the same time.
Here she is looking amazingly beautiful…
The questions bubbled along, mostly allowing her time to explain her beauty secrets and why her skin is so damn insane. We touched on makeup and sun protection before I asked her the question that relates not only to my personal interests, but to this here blog, too. We’ve talked about outer beauty, but what do you do to ensure your inner beauty shines, too?
This is a question I sincerely wanted to know the answer to. Like most celebrities, you feel like you know them personally, seeing them go through marriage, pregnancy and career highs and lows all in the public eye. However, for all of Cate’s public moments, she’s managed to stay ‘normal’, sane and relatively unaffected by her high profile existence, and this is what I wanted to delve into.
The answer was simple – “Look outwards”. For the past six months or so, all I’ve been hearing is about looking inwards. Going inside ourselves to amend habits and fix the broken pieces that we’ve accumulated over the years. So, I have to admit, this was a little jarring to me.
But like all of Cate’s well thought-out rationale behind the answer made perfect sense. “In terms of mental health, looking outwards sounds corny, but it’s a really important thing. Say taking this job at the Sydney Theatre Company, Andrew and I have been really focused on other people’s careers and nurturing them and that’s been a really great thing.”
I couldn’t agree more. The sense of fulfillment from helping other people, for me, far outweighs doing things for myself. Especially around this time of year, where people can either feel their most loved, or their most alone. Sound corny? Totally. But if there’s a way you can forget about yourself for even five hours in order to make someone else feel awesome, then I’ll take that corn and eat it right up. And so will Cate.
Tell me Happies…
What do you think of Cate Blanchett?
What do you do to help others?
What do you do to keep sane?