The new movie Carol received an “enthusiastic jump” of applause and standing ovation from the audience after its premier at the Cannes Film Festival.
The 1950s same-sex romance movie stars Cate Blanchett as a married woman in love with a younger department store clerk. That clerk is played by The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’s Rooney Mara.
Blanchett said she “never thought about” considering her own sexuality as a guide when preparing for her lesbian role.
Mara said she wasn’t phased by sexuality either for the movie.
“I’m nude quite often, so it wasn’t a big deal for me,” she said of her on-screen nakedness.
Blanchett also cleared up rumors that she has had relationships with women “many times” off screen.
“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.”
Carol is an adaption of Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 novel, The Price of Salt.