Cate Blanchett reveals ‘many’ relationships with women

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Two-time Academy Award Winning actress Cate Blanchett has disclosed that she has had ‘many’ relationships with women in an interview published in the Tuesday issue of Variety.

When asked by the interviewer if her role in the upcoming Todd Haynes film Carol would be the first time Blanchett experienced being a lesbian, she responded with a question: ‘On film, or in real life?’

Asked whether she has had relationships with women in the past, she said, ‘Yes, many times.’

Blanchett also addressed the issue of gender disparity in Hollywood, suggesting that movie industry players do not like to finance films with women in leading roles: ‘There are a lot of people labouring under the misapprehension that people don’t want to see them, which isn’t true.’

Carol is adapted from the novel by Patricia Highsmith originally published in 1952 under the title The Price of Salt. Carol, a lesbian romance of the 1950s, created a scandal when it was originally published, since it featured an ending in which the lesbian characters did not go mad or commit suicide.

Highsmith was a bisexual writer whose work contains a myriad of LGBT characters and themes. Her two other most famous novels are Strangers on a Train (1950) and The Talented Mr. Ripley (1955), both of which have been adapted into hugely successful films. Highsmith died in 1995 from cancer.

Carol will be in competition for the Palm d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival this year.

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