From The Mail Online:
Fancy seeing you here! Cate Blanchett bumps into Russell Crowe in Sydney
By Andrea Magrath
Last updated at 4:21 PM on 3rd September 2010
They are major Hollywood stars, but both of them call Australia home.
And it was in their native country that friends and former co-stars Cate Blanchett and Russell Crowe bumped into each other today.
Cate was with her son, two-year-old Ignatius, when she came across Russell with his wife Danielle Spencer outside some shops in the exclusive Eastern Sydney suburb of Woollahra.
The 41-year-old actress was dressed in an unusual outfit of charcoal grey shorts over black stockings and heavy boots, which she wore with a short, patterned jumper and black jacket and RayBan wayfarers.
The mother and son had been shopping at childrens toy store Kidstuff when she ran into the couple, who were without their own children Charlie and Tennyson.
She stopped to chat with her Robin Hood co-star and his wife, while Russell played with little Ignatius, who wore a pair of futuristic silver trousers and held on to a bright yellow balloon.
Russell, 46, and his singer wife Danielle dressed for the unseasonably cool Sydney weather in jeans and jumpers.
The pair appeared together in this year’s Ridley Scott epic Robin Hood, which took in over £200 million worldwide and received mixed reviews from critics.
Cate has just been listed number five on the Forbes magazines list of actors who deliver the ‘best bang for the buck’, returning $27USD for every $1 she earns.
Russell did not make the list of the top ten Hollywood actors. Shia LeBeouf, Anne Hathaway, Daniel Radcliffe and Robert Downey Jr came in ahead of Cate, with Meryl Streep, Jennifer Aniston, Johnny Depp, Nicholas Cage and Sarah Jessica Parker rounding out the list.
Unlike other Australian celebrities like Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman, who only return home for holidays, both Cate and Russell live full time in Sydney, only flying out to the US when work requires them to.
Blanchett and her husband Andrew Upton are Artistic Directors of the Sydney Theatre Company, roles which they are committed to until late 2013.
Cate and the company won rave reviews when they brought their production of a Streetcar Named Desire to the Brooklyn Academy of Music in December, most notably from Meryl Streep, who raved about Cate’s lead performance as Blanche DuBois.
And Russell steadfastly refuses to move to Hollywood, preferring to remain close to the beloved rugby team he owns, the South Sydney Rabbitohs.