At the Cannes Film Festival press conference for Todd Haynes’ intensely acclaimed “Carol” this weekend, Cate Blanchett was in typical fine form, clarifying some comments that a Variety cover story appeared to have taken out of context, suggesting Blanchett had “many” relationships with women (and that we discussed here).
When asked about the comments, Blanchett said:
“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.”
After laughter from the crowd, the actress continued, offering what is basically the perfect answer for someone place in this situation:
“But in 2015, the point should be: who cares? Call me old fashioned but I thought one’s job as an actor was not to present one’s boring, small, microscopic universe but to make a psychological connection to another character’s experiences. My own life is of no interest to anyone else. Or maybe it is. But I certainly have no interest in putting my own thoughts and opinions out there.”
She also continued on to express how much she admired the restraint of the characters in “Carol,” at least in terms of the way they talk about their sex lives.
“[Carol’s] sexuality is a private affair. What often happens these days is if your are homosexual you have to talk about it constantly, the only thing, before your work. We’re living in a deeply conservative time.”