Posted Thu, January 29, 2015 8:00am EST

Cate Blanchett — PICS

The Robin Hood actress is fine with who she is, and doesn’t need the approval of others to keep her warm at night!

Cate Blanchett has won many accolades for her acting, but she’s certainly not trying to win any popularity contests! If there’s one thing the Australian actress has learned from Hollywood, it’s that she has to be comfortable with herself — even if other people don’t understand her or like her.

“I’m so misunderstood!” Cate, 41, admits in the June issue of W, explaining, “I’m not focused on what other people think of me. Some people get you and some people don’t, and to spend your life trying to make people understand how deep and complex and varied you are—I think that way lies madness.”

Cate’s self-confidence has definitely worked in her favor. Since catapulting to fame as Queen Elizabeth I of England in 1998’s historical drama, Elizabeth, the Academy Award-winner has been offered plumb parts in epic films, such as her current role of Maid Marion in Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood.

But how does she stay so grounded and self-assured in a city known for it’s ever-changing, fickle nature? “My husband keeps me really honest,” Cate says. “I remember him saying to me after I made Elizabeth, ‘Sweetheart, you’ve probably got about five years.’ He was preparing me for the time when the work dries up, as it invariably does.”

Cate, luckily for you, your hubby was totally off — nearly 15 years later, you’re still a gorgeous leading lady and more confident than ever!

–Kirstin Benson

Get more on the confident and charming Cate Blanchett:

  1. Sienna Miller Supports Cate Blanchett’s Big Opening Night!
  2. Glam Gowns and Breathtaking Ball Gowns at the Robin Hood premiere at Cannes!


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