Cate Blanchett on Lesbian Lip Service: I Never Said That

Cate Blanchett on Lesbian Lip Service: I Never Said That

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Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara star in Carol/Photo: Carol (Still)
Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara star in Carol/Photo: Carol

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.

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