Cate Blanchett has had 'many' relationships with women
The 'Carol' actress made the surprising revelation in an interview to promote her new film
[Updated 18 May 2015] While at the Cannes Film Festival, Cate Blanchett told reporters that her words were misconstrued in her interview with Variety, clarifying that her relationships with other women were not sexual.
"From memory, the conversation ran: 'Have you had relationships with women?' And I said: 'Yes, many times. Do you mean have I had sexual relationships with women? Then the answer is no.' But that obviously didn't make it," she said.
Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara play two women in a secret lesbian relationship in the upcoming film Carol. In an interview with Variety, Cate was asked if the movie was her first experience as a lesbian.
"On film – or in real life?" she asked. After being urged to say if she's had relationships with women in the past, she said "Yes. Many times."
That's all the Australian actress would divulge, but she did add that like her onscreen character, she doesn't need to label her sexual orientation.
"I never thought about it," Cate said. "I don't think Carol thought about it."
The LGBT community today is far more out in the open than it has ever been, and in most places so is their acceptance. However the 45-year-old mother of four doesn't think Carol would be one to join an LGBT pride march.
"Her sexuality isn't politicised," she explained. "I think there are a lot of people that exist like that who don't feel the need to shout things from the rafters."
Carol, a romantic drama based on Patricia Highsmith's novel The Price of Salt will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on 17 May 2015. Set in 1950s New York, the plot follows a young woman named Theresa Belivet (Rooney) who begins a love affair with an older married woman, Carol Aird (Cate).