Cate Blanchett's Husband Enjoys the Spotlight

08/20/2008 at 02:20 PM EDT

Cate Blanchett's Husband Enjoys the Spotlight
Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton
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Cate Blanchett's husband Andrew Upton doesn't mind the attention that comes with being married to an Oscar winner. "I quite enjoy it, actually," he says.

Although the Australian writer-director, 42, has been cropped out of his share of photos when posing with the Elizabeth actress, he has maintained a realistic outlook on his wife's A-list status.

"I'm never followed but Cate is. Her public identity is very associated with her work, which I think is good, right and proper because she's bloody good at it. When her work is coming into focus, people want to see a photo of her carrying shopping bags," Upton tells Britain's Independent newspaper. "I can understand it – people are interested and I'm glad they're interested otherwise they wouldn't come to see it."

Upton and Blanchett, 39, have been working alongside each other in their native Australia. The couple, with their three sons – the youngest was born April 13 – left England two years ago to accept positions as co-artistic directors of the Sydney Theatre Company.

"When you grow up in a country you've kind of got an investment in it," Upton says.

And Upton, who is in London to bring over his second play Riflemind (to be directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman) from Sydney, says sharing a job with his award-winning wife has its benefits.

"It's great. We've always worked together in a way. You have your odd, 'no, no, no, we have to do this,' but in the end you can say: 'Oh, all right, I'll fight for that next year, then,'" he says. "That collaborative approach is a really important part of theatre – it's compromise that adds, not detracts."

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