Believe it or not, Cate Blanchett actually quietly took a step back from acting in 2008 to become the artistic co-director for the critically acclaimed Sydney Theatre Company, alongside her husband Andrew Upton.
"When I stepped away to run the theatre company, a lot of people said, 'This is a mistake. You realise you have a certain shelf life and you're throwing that away,'" Cate Blanchett revealed to The Guardian in 2015.
"But I think it's made me a better actor. If it hasn't, I'm a fucking idiot," she continued, before admitting, "But you do carry that fear with you. When I was getting ready to leave [the company], I did think, 'Well, I'm in my 40s, I don't know if I've even got a film career to go back to.' And then Blue Jasmine landed in my lap." It was obviously meant to be.
But you didn’t know she took another step back from acting in 2015 when she adopted her youngest daughter, Edith. "She has been an extraordinary blessing for all of us," she told Harper's Bazaar at the time, pointing out that her favorite role is being a mum to her four kids.