Cate Blanchett Dated Women “Many Times” She Says in Interview on ‘Carol’ Movie

May 13, 2015

Cate Blanchett said she has dated women “many times” in an interview on her starring role in the movie ‘Carol’ which sees her portraying a married woman who has an affair with a younger woman. Her revelation is making headlines.

Cate Blanchett

The 45-year-old two-time Oscar winning Australian actress is making headlines with her revelation. She spoke exclusively with ‘Variety’ on the occasion of the Cannes Film Festival premiere of the movie, ‘Carol.’ Directed by Todd Haynes, it’s based on ‘The Price of Salt,’ a Patricia Highsmith novel published in 1952 and, by the mores and standards of those long-ago days it was scandalous.

In the movie, she portrays the title character, Carol Aird, married woman who falls in love with and has an affair with a department store clerk, Therese Belivet, portrayed Rooney Mara.

This prompted Variety’s Ramin Setoodeh to ask the actress — who has been married for 18 years to filmmaker Andrew Upton and the mother of their four children — about her own past, with a teasing question; was this her “first turn as a lesbian?”

Yes, making headlines in the process, Cate Blancett said, ” “On film — or in real life?” ‘Variety’ notes that when she was asked if she’d had relationships with women, she merely said, “Yes. Many times.”

She declined to label herself bisexual, and she also declined to give any details. Thus all the ‘Cate Blanchett bisexual’ headlines are just doing what headlines do, getting people to click through and read the story. And, when one reads the story, one gets just those three words cited above. End of story….so far.

Cate Blanchett went on to say of labeling herself or her character in the movie, “I never thought about it.” And she then drew the parallel and said, “I don’t think Carol thought about it.”

She went on to speak of her preparation for the role and said, “I read a lot of girl-on-girl books from the period.”

There has been much interest in the movie, ‘Carol,’ which is set in 1950s New York City (although shot on location in Cincinnati, Ohio) and Cate Blanchett’s revelation has given the movie added publicity.

She also weighed in on many other topics including the plight of women in Hollywood and the dearth of good roles and said, “What industry has parity pay for women? None. Why would we expect this industry to be any different?” She went on to say, “It’s not serving the audience…People want to see good films. We should have equal access to the multiplexes.”

See the complete Variety interview with Cate Blanchette and the cover photo here.

Pictures: PR Photos

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