In the latest issue of W Magazine, Cate Blanchett speaks about her new role in CAROL, her relationship with fashion, and her passion for acting.
In CAROL, Blanchett plays the title character who falls in love with a younger woman portrayed by Rooney Mara. Some critics of the film were not pleased that Blanchett and Mara were chosen for the leading roles, since both of them are heterosexual.
While she spoke recently regarding the film’s sex scene, this time Blanchett responded to the critics who wish she had not been cast in the lead role: “Art is supposed to be a provocation, not an education. In 2015, the point should be: Who cares if I had lesbian relationships or not? Call me old-fashioned, but I’ve always thought that my job as an actor was to raise and expand the audience’s sense of the universe.”
She continues: “Like art, film should never be absolute or bow to a market survey of ‘correct intentions.’”
CAROL is based on the novel, The Price of Salt, and the cast hopes it will be seen as a fundamental love story between two human beings, rather than sensationalized as a lesbian love story.