Cate Blanchett was pushed into acting ''against her will.''

The 49-year-old actress may have a highly successful film career under her belt, but she has admitted she initially wanted to travel around and experience life a bit more but her skills on stage meant she had no choice but to explore it further.

Speaking to Harper's Bazaar magazine, she said: ''The only thing I wanted to do when I left high school was travel with my work. I didn't at all think about notoriety or fame. I thought maybe I'd move into the visual arts, but from a curatorial perspective, or architecture, even though my maths was absolutely woeful.''

The 'Blue Jasmine' star has been doing acting since she left high school and thinks she probably only has a ''few more years left'' in front of the camera before she loses her ''sanity'' and attempts to make it as a director.

She explained: ''I don't know what I am going to do next as an actor. I never do really. But I feel like I've got probably a couple more years left in it, before I lose my sanity. If the offers are still there [to go into directing]. And if they're not, then maybe I can throw some pots?''

Cate has really started to enjoy gardening since she moved back to the UK with husband Andrew Upton and their four children Dashiell, 16, Roman,14, Ignatius, 10, and three-year-old daughter Edith, from Sydney, Australia.

She explained: ''I suppose that's what I like about coming back here. There are so many books I haven't read, so many films I haven't watched, so many conversations I haven't had, so many plants I haven't planted... It's important to sort of sit and think what could be next.''