Cate Blanchett says Russell Crowe is “not always easy”

London: Cate Blanchett has revealed that working with Russell Crowe is ``not always easy``.

The Oscar winning actress plays Maid Marian alongside Russell in Ridley Scott’s epic blockbuster ‘Robin Hood’ and hinted at a sometimes tense atmosphere on set.

"Russell is not always easy - his reputation both as an actor and as an intimidating presence precedes him, but he’s always after making the best possible film," the Mirror quoted her as telling

"I’m not backward in coming forward, so we had some, shall I say, ``robust`` conversations. When I’m working, I like to push it right to the edge. I believe if you’re going to do something, you should do it all the way,” she added.

The ‘Elizabeth’ star also said that she tried to hold her own with the guys.

"The biggest challenge was they expected me to look more gorgeous than my male co-stars, which isn’t easy when you’re doing action stuff," she revealed.

"I loved the horse riding, and the moment where Marian gets all chain mailed up and rides off into battle. We had to ride these wild, wild ponies; some of them were really difficult to get on and none of them had saddles. We all galloped off and it was thrilling,” she added.