Cate Blanchett Confesses She’s Had Relationships with Women ‘Many Times’ in the Past

The enigmatic Cate Blanchett recently revealed that she’s been in intimate relationships with women “many times” in the past.

The two-time Oscar-winning actress’ upcoming film is Carol, co-starring Rooney Mara. Based upon Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 novel “The Price of Salt,” the film is about a secret romance between two women.

When asked by Variety whether or not this was her first time as a lesbian, the 45-year-old Australian asked with a smile, “On film — or in real life?”

Asked further as to whether she’s had past relationships with women, she simply revealed, “Yes. Many times,” but didn’t elaborate.

Like her character in the film Carol, who never “comes out”, Blanchett refuses to be defined or labeled by sexual orientation. For example, on how she envisioned the character, she said, “I never thought about it. I don’t think Carol thought about it.”

Blanchett did dive into the mindset of the era by reading banned erotic novels, explaining “I read a lot of girl-on-girl books from the period.”

She also tapped into her character through fashion and the film’s costume designer, Sandy Powell: “We asked, ‘What is the most erotic part of the body?’ We kept saying that wrists are really erotic. The neck. The ankles. The way Highsmith writes, she’s got this exquisite observation of detail that most people would miss, but a lover’s eye never would. We talked a lot about erogenous zones.”

For anyone under the impression that Carol is this year’s Blue Is the Warmest Color, maybe think again. Blanchett revealed it (i.e. the sex scene) isn’t as racy. She explained,“It’s not Blue Is the Warmest Color. That’s not the ambition of the film.”

Carol will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on May 17, after being kept in the arms of Hollywood development for 15 long years. Finally, the film featuring two leading ladies will be revealed, and at an important time in history (“a pivotal, yet paradoxical, time for female-driven stories,” the author notes).

Blanchett also expressed her support for more female-driven projects in Hollywood. “We have to push forward,” she added. “What industry has parity pay for women? None. Why would we expect this industry to be any different?”

She also added that the current climate of male-dominated stories is not good for business. “It’s not serving the audience,” she explained. “People want to see good films. We should have equal access to the multiplexes.”

Blanchett saw an early cut of Carol in August, and gave her first impression. “The visuals surprised even me. I somehow was expecting something more familiar.”

As for whether or not Carol would be marching in a gay pride parade if she lived today, Blanchett said she doesn’t think that would happen. “Her sexuality isn’t politicized. I think there are a lot of people that exist like that who don’t feel the need to shout things from the rafters.”

Read more of Cate Blanchett’s interview here.