Joining Russell Crowe's title character for "thrilling" forest adventures with bows and arrows quickly made Blanchett the envy of sons Dashiell, 8, Roman, 6, and Ignatius, 2. "I went up in their estimation from the first night on set, when I was called on to shoot a flaming arrow, missed my mark and hit a light, which duly exploded," the actress tells London's Times.
"I mean, how many mums do stuff like that?"
Blanchett, who turns 41 on Friday (the same day her movie opens stateside), also talks about the rewards and challenges of raising three young sons with her husband, playwright Andrew Upton. "It is very touching when you see echoes of your parents, your brothers and sisters or your partner in them," she says. "Touching and strangely comforting, in fact. It completes some kind of circle, somehow."
Sometimes, though, the feeling is more visceral. "It's loud. Really loud. So very loud," she says.
After living in the U.K., where the children were born, the family has relocated to Blanchett's home country of Australia and live in the suburb of Hunters Hill, northwest of Sydney. "The boys go to the local state primary school and they love it there, love – like all kids – the routine of it," Blanchett says.