London: Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett says she lost her hair from stress after playing Blanche DuBois in Broadway's 'A Streetcar Named Desire'.
The 46-year-old actress starred in the theatre adaptation of Tennessee Williams' classic play, which was about a woman, who arrives unannounced at the home of her sister Stella, to be met by open hostility from her violent brother-in-law Stanley, reported Female First.
Despite receiving rave reviews and standing ovations back in 2009, when asked by theatre bosses to play the character for a further three months worth of shows, Blanchett said it would be impossible to accept the challenge.
"I didn't think I could play her for another three months. I'd lost a lot of weight and my hair was falling out," she said.
The Hollywood star revisited the role, when she played the lead character Jasmine in Woody Allen's 2013 offering 'Blue Jasmine', who has a fragile mental health. Despite her experience playing a broken woman, she said she found it tough and was reassured by the director.
"Woody kept saying it's not 'Streetcar', but Blanche was clearly a touchstone for me," the actress said.