"It's been an absolute gift and we're utterly besotted," the Oscar winner says of having a new baby at home

By peoplestaff225
March 31, 2015 01:15 AM

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Cate Blanchett could spend hours looking at her new baby daughter, Edith, but there is something even more mesmerizing — watching the way her sons are doting on their little sister.

“I find it extraordinary, glimpsing them becoming a unit. And a very welcoming unit,” the Cinderella star told the Sydney Morning Herald of her sons Dashiell, 13, Roman, 10, and Ignatius, 6. “I’m very proud of them.”

The two-time Oscar winner, 45, adopted Edith earlier this month and described the baby as “more beautiful in real life” than photos snapped of them arriving at the airport in Australia showed.

The decision to adopt has been a long time coming. Blanchett revealed that she and husband, Andrew Upton, had been “talking about [adoption] since our first son was born” but moving ahead with the plan didn’t come from a desire for a daughter.

“Adoption — the process — it’s pot luck,” she said. “It’s not about designing a family. It’s about welcoming. There’s a lot of children out there in need, both children who are up for adoption but also children in the foster system. So it wasn’t necessarily about having a girl, but that’s what landed in our lap and we feel absolutely blessed.”

— K.C. Blumm