Cate Blanchett suffers head injury during chainsaw accident while in lockdown

WION Web Team
New Delhi Updated: Jun 05, 2020, 11:13 PM(IST)

Cate Blanchett, a double Oscar-winner, will preside over the Cannes Film Festival's jury this year. Photograph:( Others )

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The Oscar-winning actress recently joined Julia Gillard, the former Prime Minister of Australia, on her podcast last week.

Australian actress Cate Blanchett had a close save from an accident that could have easily been fatal. The Oscar-winning actress recently joined Julia Gillard, the former Prime Minister of Australia, on her podcast last week, where she was asked about her time spent in quarantine amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The mother of four revealed that she had a small accident that involved chainsaw but she assured she only suffered a minor injury.

Blanchett said on `A Podcast of One`s Own with Julia Gillard,` "I had a bit of a chainsaw accident yesterday which sounds very, very exciting but it wasn`t."

"Apart from the little nick to my head, we`re fine," Blanchett assured the host without revealing exactly what she was doing with the mechanical tool.

"Be very careful with that chainsaw. You`ve got a very famous head," Gillard responded. "I don`t think they will want to see any nicks taken out of it."Blanchett said with a laugh,"I know I want to keep it on my shoulders!"

The actress who has four children shared that she had taken the year off to help support her eldest son with his schoolwork. Now, however, she joked that she`s "left with an 18-year-old who doesn`t want really to have anything to do with me!"

During the podcast, Blanchett also said that while playing teacher to her kids - she also transitioned to "being a kindergarten teacher" to her 5-year-old, and it has left her thinking about the importance of educators and what they should be getting paid.

The actor commended Finland in particular for paying its teachers "the same as lawyers and doctors."

She said she hopes countries come out of the global pandemic with more appreciation and funds for teachers.

Blanchett said, "I have huge respect for the teaching profession," adding that "I hope out of this that teachers` wages will be increased and their respect will be amplified by COVID-19."

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