Australian actress Cate Blanchett has announced she will take some time off in 2016 to focus on her family.
In an interview with Harper's Bazaar UK, Cate, 46, opened up about the adoption of her daughter in earlier this year.
"We got a phone call earlier this year and we adopted a little girl," she said. "You're on the list and then you get the call... You don't know anything about the child you're going to meet."
Despite already having three sons, Dashiell, 14, Roman, 11, and Ignatius, eight, with husband Andrew Upton, the Oscar-winning actress confessed that motherhood still wasn't easy.
"It's always the first time. Always," she said about parenting, before adding: "I'm not planning on working much in 2016 either."
Cate shared her views on the adoption process, stating the "laws have to shift towards the best interest of the children."
She said she chose to adopt in America instead of Australia due to failings in local adoption laws.
“In Australia, it’s an understandable hangover from the Stolen Generations," she said.
"When a country has a history of children being immorally and insensitively ripped from their parents and their place of origin and it doesn’t get resolved, the adoption laws swing, understandably, not in favour of the child."
Blanchett has won two Oscars throughout her highly successful career, and is already up for a Golden Globe next year for her leading role in Carol, opposite Rooney Mara.
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