Cate's key to happy marriage: read your husband's emails

Cate Blanchett with husband Andrew Upton
Cate Blanchett with husband Andrew Upton

It is not an idea that would appeal to every husband: allowing your wife unfettered access to your email account.

Yet Cate Blanchett says she runs her household like a "well-oiled machine" by reading all messages addressed to her husband, Andrew Upton. She said he was happy with the arrangement because "he hates emails". They share an account and he leaves the correspondence up to her.

"We work together and it's a way of synchronising our lives. I can see what he's up to – it's not that I don't trust him," she said.

Blanchett (44), who is Oscar-nominated for her role in the Woody Allen film 'Blue Jasmine', also takes charge of organising the lives of her three children, Dashiell (12), Roman (9) and Ignatius (5).

"I've got a whole system going. I know what has to be done by the end of the evening, and what has to be done by the end of the morning. Three lunch boxes, three school bags, three sets of school uniforms," Blanchett said.

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The actress has a rule that she will never be away from her children for more than six days. She said there are times when she dislikes the acting profession but "it's a vocation, something I feel compelled to do. The work is not simple, but I do love it," the 'Mail on Sunday' reported.

Blanchett and Upton, a writer and director, have been married for 16 years. In 2008, they became co-artistic directors of the Sydney Theatre Company but last year announced plans to step down.

The Australian actress, who won a best supporting actress Oscar for 'The Aviator' in 2005, said in a recent interview she felt "incredibly fortunate to have met the intelligent, generous, risk-taking, stimulating man to whom I am married".

She added: "He's really amazing. I think in the end a really important component of any relationship is honesty, and it also comes down to luck."

Blanchett's latest film is 'The Monuments Men', the true story of an Allied mission to retrieve looted artworks from the Nazis. She plays an art curator from the Louvre. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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