Cate Blanchett Reveals She Likes Ladies, Too
Cate Blanchett revealed in an interview about her upcoming film Carol that she's had intimate relationships with women "many" times in her life.Blanchett, 45, is starring opposite Rooney Mara in Carol, an upcoming film about two women who fall in love. When asked if she had ever had a relationship with a woman before in her own life, she told Variety, "Yes. Many times." Blanchett did not give her sexuality a label, however, and said that neither she nor her titular character in Carol ever thought about it.
Carol, directed by Todd Haynes (Velvet Goldmine, Far From Heaven), is based on the Patricia Highsmith novel The Price of Salt. Set in New York City in 1952, the film centers around Therese Belivet (Mara), a 20-something who works in a department store and finds herself falling in love with an older, married woman (Blanchett). The film also stars Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story) and Kyle Chandler (Bloodlines).
When Highsmith wrote The Price of Salt, she used the pseudonym Claire Morgan. Highsmith, like her character, was working at a department store at the time and was inspired by a woman who was a frequent customer.
To study for the role, Blanchett told Variety that she read a lot of lesbian erotica from the same period as The Price of Salt.
Blanchett's reveal comes days after pop star Miley Cyrus said that she's had romantic relationships that were not "straight, heterosexual" ones in an interview about her new foundation, The Happy Hippie. Cyrus also declined to label her sexuality.