herald

Thursday 8 December 2016

Cate Blanchett: I'm not a lesbian but in 2015 who really cares?

Cast member Cate Blanchett poses on the red carpet as she leaves after the screening of the film
Cast member Cate Blanchett poses on the red carpet as she leaves after the screening of the film "Carol" in competition at the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes

SHE caused something of a stir last week after appearing to admit to a string of relationships with women.

Now Cate Blanchett, the Oscar-winning actress, has insisted no one should be remotely interested in her sexuality, as she laments the modern obsession with gay people having to constantly talk about their private lives.

Blanchett, who stars as a divorcing mother who falls in love with another woman in Todd Haynes’s new film, Carol, said: “In 2015, the point should be: who cares?”

Appearing at the Cannes Film Festival, where Carol was premiered last night, the actress clarified that she had not had sexual encounters with women in the past, after telling a magazine she had had “many” relationships with people of her own sex.

She said the world is still “deeply conservative”, and added that she had found it interesting to play a character who kept her preferences a “private affair”, in contrast to the modern day.

Now, Blanchett said, gay people are too often compelled to “constantly” talk about their sexuality, which dominates all aspects of their lives and personality.

The new film will see her in one intimate scene with her co-star Rooney Mara, as the tale of their forbidden love affair unfolds.

When asked whether she had been comfortable in the scene and with her own nudity, she said: “Certainly since giving birth. A lot of strangers see you naked in that experience.”

Blanchett also sought to explain an interview she gave to Variety magazine last week, in which she was reported as saying she had had been in relationships with women “many times”.

 Carol tells the story of a department store clerk who falls for an older woman

“From memory, the conversation ran: ‘Have you had relationships with women? I said ‘Yes, many times, but if you mean have I had sexual relationships with women, the answer is no’,” she said.

“In 2015 the point should be: who cares?

“My life is of no interest to anyone else. Or maybe it is, I don’t know. But I’m certainly not interested in putting my thoughts and opinions up there.”

The Australian star was joined on the red carpet by a host of famous faces including her co-star Rooney, Salma Hayek, supermodel Erin O’Connor and former Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria

Promoted articles

Entertainment News