Cate Blanchett film Carol tipped for Cannes glory
17 May 2015
From the section Entertainment & Arts
Cate Blanchett was joined in Cannes by her co-star Rooney Mara, best known for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
A film starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara about an illicit lesbian romance in 1950s New York has been hailed by critics at Cannes.
Carol – based on a 1952 novel by Patricia Highsmith, author of The Talented Mr Ripley – is winning rave reviews for its lead performances.
Blanchett denied speculation suggesting she drew on her own early gay relationships to create the role.
But she added, “In 2015, the point should be: who cares?”
The film, directed by Todd Haynes, follows the blossoming relationship between a glamorous married woman (Blanchett) and an impressionable shop girl (Mara).
Last week, double Oscar-winner Blanchett reportedly admitted to Variety magazine that she had had many female partners.
However, at a news conference in Cannes, the 46-year-old was quick to scotch reports of a lesbian past.
“From memory, the conversation ran, ‘Have you had relationships with women?’ And I said, ‘Yes, many times. If you mean I’ve had sexual relationships with them, the answer is ‘No’ – but that obviously didn’t make it to print,” said Blanchett.
“Call me old-fashioned but I thought one’s job as an actor was not to present one’s boring, small, microscopic universe but to make a psychological connection to another character’s experiences.
“My own life is of no interest to anyone else. Or maybe it is. But I certainly have no interest in putting my own thoughts and opinions out there,” she said.
“[Carol’s] sexuality is a private affair. What often happens these days is if your are homosexual, you have to talk about it constantly, the only thing, …read more
Source:: BBC Entertainment