10 lesser-known facts about Cate Blanchett

Before becoming an internationally acclaimed actress, Blanchett studied economics and fine arts at the University of Melbourne.

While "Elizabeth" (1998) is often considered her breakthrough role, Blanchett's first film appearance was actually in the Australian movie "Police Rescue" in 1994 

Blanchett is one of the very few actors to have been nominated for Academy Awards for playing the same character in two different films. 

Cate Blanchett is multilingual. She speaks English fluently, of course, but she's also proficient in French and German.  

She co-founded the Sydney Theatre Company with her husband Andrew Upton and served as its co-artistic director from 2008 to 2013. 

In 2006, Blanchett and her family experienced a major setback when their home in Australia was damaged by a fire. 

Blanchett is known for her philanthropic efforts. She has been involved in various charitable organizations, including the Australian Conservation Foundation 

Like many actors, Blanchett has turned down roles that later became iconic. She declined the role of Eowyn in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy due to pregnancy 

Blanchett has an interest in the arts beyond acting. She and her husband are known art collectors, and they've been involved in promoting and supporting the arts in Australia. 

Beyond her professional life, Blanchett has a variety of interests. She's a fan of surfing, which is not widely known, and she also enjoys playing the piano in her free time. 

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