Cate Blanchett suffers head injury after freak chainsaw accident

Cate Blanchett. (PHOTO: 
Franziska Krug/Getty Images)
Cate Blanchett. (PHOTO: Franziska Krug/Getty Images)
Franziska Krug

Poor Cate Blanchett! In what sounds like something out of a horror movie the Australian actress was recently involved in an accident involving a chainsaw!

The two-time Oscar winner is lucky to be alive after the DIY accident happened at her country home in East Sussex, England.

She says she took a “little nick to the head” while using the tool, but thankfully avoided a serious injury.

Cate (51) – who now lives in the UK with her husband, Australian screenwriter Andrew Upton (54), and their four children, Dashiell (18), Roman (16), Ignatius (12) and Edith (5) – casually revealed her brush with death in a podcast interview with former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard last week.

“I had a bit of a chainsaw accident yesterday, which sounds very, very exciting, but it wasn’t. Apart from the little nick to the head, I’m fine.”

“Be very careful with that chainsaw. You’ve got a very famous head, I don’t think people would like to see any nicks taken out of it,” Julia replied.

Cate also revealed she’d taken off the past year to help Dashiell pass his A-levels (similar to matric exemption) but then the COVID-19 pandemic struck. 

“I took the year off ostensibly to be with him and support him through exam period,” she explained.

“And then all of this exam stuff evaporated [because of school closures] and I’m left with an 18-year-old who doesn’t really want to have anything to do with me!

“So it’s a little bit discombobulating, but it’s a high-class problem, we’re all well.”

The House with a Clock in Its Walls star then added she’d found herself “being a kindergarten teacher to my five-year-old, which is just as challenging. I have a huge respect for the teaching profession. I always have.”

Something else she has respect for is human rights.

In an Instagram video posted three days ago, she pledged her support to pride month.

“We all deserve rights and love independently of colour, sex, religion, nationality . . . Don’t forget to be happy, love is love!”

Sources: Daily Mail, Instagram