A lesson from Cate Blanchett

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?



  1. ponikuta · December 14, 2010

    One word, beautiful not only from the outside but inside as well. Speaking of which, I helped an elderly to pick up his belongings this morning. Never felt better to start a day with!!

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  3. Nikki Parkinson · December 14, 2010

    I attended a business breakfast this morning where we were asked to bring in gifts for eight families in need the organisation had “adopted” for Christmas. Seven of these families included a mum. I gathered up all my excess/unused beauty products from the year and divided them into seven gift bags. Some little luxuries for women who no doubt have little time or resources to put themselves first. Felt good.

  4. crystaldance · January 14, 2011

    I love Cate Blanchett. She is stunning – in multiple ways! I admire how down to earth she seems, and yet still so happy. It’s refreshing and inspiring to see.

    I’m a massage therapist, so I find my job actually provides me with an outlet to help others. It’s rewarding to see how much you can help someone out and change the relationship they have with their own body. If I can reduce their pain even a little bit, then I am doing my job.

    As for keeping myself sane? Baking. I’m one of those crazy people who will bakes cookies and cupcakes and slices to keep balanced. I’m doing something with my hands, I’m being creative – but I can still share the happiness around. It’s a win, win… win!

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