How A Whirlwind Romance Led To Over Two Decades Of Marriage

Cate BlanchettShe is a Hollywood starlet who has appeared on the big screen many times over the years. Her husband of over twenty years, who is always beside her at red carpet appearances and movie premieres can often be seen beaming with pride. But unlike Blanchett, her husband isn’t a face that you’ve seen in movies, TVs, or stage productions. So, who exactly is the actress’s long-time husband, and what’s their story? We’ve got all the details about Andrew Upton and how he was able to steal Blanchett’s heart. 

Who Is Cate Blanchett’s Husband, Andrew Upton?

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Upton, like Blanchett is an Australian citizen and was born in 1966. (Unlike Blanchett, who is three years younger). And although Upton might not be in the spotlight, he’s most definitely involved in show business—his professional titles include both writer and producer. His most popular projects include Stories of Lost Souls, Carol, Stateless

Upton Proposed To Blanchett After Three Weeks Of Dating

Despite being together since 1997, Blanchett and Upton’s relationship didn’t exactly start out like a fairytale. In fact, when they first met, they weren’t really fond of each other at all. According to the Daily MailBlanchett gave Jay Leno an interview in 2013 in which she admitted that they first met on a TV set in 1996. However, she thought he was “arrogant” and he thought she was “aloof”. It was not a good start. 

“We just didn’t really connect and we were going out with other people, who we’re still friends with, and it was always an issue when the four of us went out that Andrew and I had something going on,” the actress said. 

It wasn’t until they were playing a game of poker one night and Upton was gushing about a friend of Blanchett’s that he was attracted to when suddenly they kissed in the middle of the conversation. That’s when things really started to heat up. 

Ellen Degeneres speaks with us about her show EllenBlanchett revealed that she had only spent three days with Upton before she decided she wanted to marry him. Lucky for her Upton proposed to her just 21 days later, after Blanchett tried to make dinner for him (and failed miserably) their first date. The rest is history, of course. 

They have four children together

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 04:  Andrew Upton and Cate Blanchett arrive at the Sydney Theatre Company 2015 Launch on September 4, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.
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The Oscar-winner married her husband quickly to start a family and have six beautiful children. In December 2001, the couple welcomed their first child, Dashiell John Upton. Roman Robert followed in 2004 and Ignatius Martin Upton in 2008.

Blanchett & Upton adopted Edith Vivian Patricia Upton in March 2015. 

Talking with Harper’s Bazaar UKThe actress shared her experiences of adopting their daughter. “You’re on the list and then you get the call,” Blanchett said regarding the adoption process. “You don’t know anything about the child you’re going to meet.” She went on to say, “Our three biological children have been extraordinary. It’s been wonderful watching them become a little brood.”

During an interview GlamourBlanchett discussed the difference between raising boys and girls in 2017. She explains that it’s crucial to instill in young men the importance of treating women with respect and valuing them as people. “Because as a mother of sons you have a responsibility to instill in them the need to respect and the benefits of respecting women.”

Both are partners in life and business

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 19:  Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton attend the opening night of Mrs Warren's Profession at Sydney Theatre Company on February 19, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.
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Blanchett is a long-term lover and Upton are incredible parents. They are also partners in creative and business endeavors. According to E! NewsThe Australian couple owns a production business and was the CEO and joint artistic director of the Sydney Theatre Company from 2008.-2013. 

“It’s been a great creative partnership with my husband and also a great love affair,” Blanchett told the publication back in November 2015. “Working together, running a creative company in Australia. It’s been fantastic.”