Academy Award winning actress Cate Blanchett has admitted to having “many” relationships with women during an interview with Variety Magazine.
While promoting her upcoming movie, Carol, the Australian actress was asked if she has had female partners and answered: “On film – or in real life?”
The interviewer continued quizzing Blanchett and she responded: “Yes. Many times,” but chose not to elaborate.
Carol is set in 1950’s New York, and is based on Patricia Highsmith’s romance novel, The Price of Salt, written in 1952.
In preparation for the role, Blanchett told Variety she had read “a lot of girl-on-girl books from the period”.
Cate Blanchett has been long known as a voice for female equality, particularly with Hollywood. “It’s not serving the audience,” she said. “People want to see good films, we should have equal access to the multiplexes.”
“It was so hard [to make Carol]”, she revealed. “Midrange films with women at the centre are tricky to finance. There are a lot of people labouring under the misapprehension that people don’t want to see them, which isn’t true.”
Blanchett also criticised the way journalists focus on inane questions for women: “The way women are asked about those red carpet moments. Oh my God. It’s just a dress!”