Doting mother-of-four Cate Blanchett faced what many parents were forced to do during the pandemic – homeschooling their children.
And on Tuesday’s episode of The Project, the 52-year-old actress candidly described the experience as ‘traumatic’ during a discussion with host Lisa Wilkinson.
Cate admitted that while her three older children would pretty much ‘self-direct’, attempting to teach her seven-year-old daughter Edith was a different story.
Her hardest role yet! On Tuesday’s episode of The Project, actress Cat Blanchett candidly described homeschooling her seven-year-old daughter as ‘traumatic’ during an honest discussion with host Lisa Wilkinson
‘You know, I was amazing for two weeks. I was blitzing it,’ she laughed.
‘And then all of a sudden my – you know, my older kids were fine, they would sort of self-direct. But I had to do my seven-year-old, and I realised that I couldn’t even teach her grade one math.
‘She sniffed that out after 14 days, and I was a dead duck. There was no respect there.
Trouble: ‘My older kids were fine, they would sort of self-direct. But I had to do my seven year old, and I realised that I couldn’t even teach her grade one math,’ she said of daughter Edith. Pictured in August 2019
‘I had to dress up as her teacher, I had to put on her teacher’s voice, and she wouldn’t start the classes until we had a full array of stuffed animals – all of which had the names of the people in her class.’
Through laughter, she added: ‘It felt like some weird cross between The Muppets and MasterClass. It was quite traumatic, actually!’
The Oscar winner also said that the experience has only emphasised her respect for teachers, adding: ‘I tell you – in Finland, which has the highest and most respected level of education anywhere, teachers are paid the same as doctors and lawyers.
‘And they should be, because the level of skill to engage a bunch of – often disinterested – students for eight to twelve hours a day is one of the most profound, respected skills of any profession anywhere.’
Method: ‘I had to dress up as her teacher, I had to put on her teacher’s voice, and she wouldn’t start the classes until we had a full array of stuffed animals – all of which had the names of the people in her class’ she laughed
Along with little Edith, Cate also shares sons Dashiell, 20, Roman, 17, and Ignatius, 13, with husband Andrew Upton.
The actress appeared on the show to discuss her new psychological thriller, Nightmare Alley.
Director Guillermo Del Toro, the visionary director behind classics like Pan’s Labyrinth and The Shape Of Water, helmed the remake of a 1940s film noir which also stars Bradley Cooper, Toni Collette, David Strathairn, Willem Dafoe, Ron ‘Hellboy’ Perlman and Richard Jenkins.
‘As per usual, I’m drawn to work with directors and Guillermo del Toro and I had been speaking for quite a long time, and we’d almost made a limited series together and then out of the blue this came up,’ Cate said.
New project: The actress appeared on the show to discuss her new psychological thriller, Nightmare Alley (pictured alongside Bradley Cooper)
Lead star Bradley Cooper plays Stanton ‘Stan’ Carlisle, a medium with a talent for manipulating people with a few well-chosen words.
However, he meets his match when he crosses paths with a female psychiatrist (played by Blanchett) who is even more dangerous than he is.
‘I didn’t even have to read the script, I just knew I wanted to be in dialogue with [del Toro],’ Cat added. ‘I wasn’t sure what role he wanted me to play, but that was sort of immaterial.
‘There’s three incredible corker roles for women; Toni Collette plays one of them and Rooney Mara plays the other. We’re sort of, three facets of female power that circle around Bradley Cooper’s character.’
Starring role: Lead star Bradley Cooper plays Stanton ‘Stan’ Carlisle, a medium with a talent for manipulating people with a few well-chosen words