Cate Blanchett opened up in more than a few ways in a new Variety cover story interview (which you definitely need to read), including acknowledging she has had “many” relationships with women:
When asked if this is her first turn as a lesbian, Blanchett curls her lips into a smile. “On film — or in real life?” she asks coyly. Pressed for details about whether she’s had past relationships with women, she responds: “Yes. Many times,” but doesn’t elaborate. Like Carol, who never “comes out” as a lesbian, Blanchett doesn’t necessarily rely on labels for sexual orientation. “I never thought about it,” she says of how she envisioned the character. “I don’t think Carol thought about it.” The actress studied the era by picking up banned erotic novels. “I read a lot of girl-on-girl books from the period,” she says.
There’s lots of safe words/phrases here like “coyly,” “doesn’t elaborate” and “necessarily rely,” so while we obviously don’t take this as a full-on come out, we — as always — find Blanchett’s manner incredibly charming. Oh, and the “Carol” she references is of course Todd Haynes’ new film, which is absolutely one of the most anticipated films of the days aways 2015 Cannes Film Festival, and a good bet to take home queerest-of-them-all honors of the fest. But don’t expect the melodrama to remind you another recent Cannes debuting lesbian romance…
“It’s not ‘Blue Is the Warmest Color,'” Cate Blanchett told Variety. “That’s not the ambition of the film.”
“Carol” stars Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Kyle Chandler and Sarah Paulson as the four members of a love quartet (now that’s a love quartet) and is adapted from the Patricia Highsmith novel “The Price of Salt.”
The film’s synopsis was listed as the following:
CAROL follows the relationship between two very different women in 1950s New York. A young woman in her 20s, Therese (Mara) is working in a department store and dreaming of a more fulfilling life when she meets Carol (Blanchett), an alluring woman trapped in a loveless, moneyed marriage. As the story unfolds—their lives begin to unravel with Carol becoming more fearful of losing custody of her daughter in the case of separation when her husband (Chandler) threatens her competence as a mother because of her previous affair with her best friend Abby (Paulson), and new relationship with Therese.
We’ll have first reactions on the film as soon as they come in from Cannes…