Cate Blanchett almost retired

Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett considered retiring from acting before her Blue Jasmine role.

The actress’ part in Woody Allen’s latest movie has been well received by critics, with Cate already taking home the best actress Golden Globe and BAFTA. She is also in the running for the prize at the upcoming Oscars.

However, things could have been very different as the 44-year-old star was actually considering stepping away from the big screen when she landed the part.

“Actress years are frightfully short so I was pleasantly surprised to get Woody’s call, it was a gift,” Cate admitted to British newspaper The Sun.

The 44-year-old actress looked stunning in a floor-length black Alexander McQueen dress when she accepted her BAFTA on Sunday.

When she took to the stage to accept the gong, Cate paid tribute to her late friend Philip Seymour Hoffman.

“Phil buddy, this is for you. I hope you’re proud,” she said.

Despite her doubts, Cate’s career shows no signs of slowing down.

She’s currently starring alongside Matt Damon and George Clooney is World War II drama The Monuments Men, with another five movies currently in post-production including the final offering from The Hobbit franchise.

Sandra Bullock, who missed out for the best actress accolade to Cate at the BAFTAs, was noticeably absent from the lavish bash.

“[She] didn’t attend the BAFTAs show in London on Sunday night because her son, Louis, wasn’t feeling well, sources said,” reports The New York Post’s Page Six column.

Despite her absence, Sandra’s big budget space movie Gravity, directed by Alfonso Cuarón, took home six awards including Best British Film.

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