Cate Blanchett Wants ‘Interesting, Complex’ Female Characters to Be the Norm

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Cate Blanchett is speaking her mind when it comes to women in film.

The actress walked the red carpet for her new film, Carol, and talked to reporters about the movie which chronicles the story of an unlikely romance between two women. Cate, however, wants female characters with depth to be something that’s not out of the ordinary.

“Every time there’s interesting, complex roles played by actresses on screen, someone says, ‘do you think this is a breakthrough?’ and ‘does this mean there’s going to be more of the same?’” she told Yahoo UK. “We seem to find ourselves in the same conversation and that’s somehow remarkable.”

Cate went on to say, “I think there’s a swathe of great roles for women and certainly, there’s some wonderful female performers. It’s just time to get on with it really.”

“The landscape and the conversation around same-sex relationships has advanced in many countries… so the universality of the love story comes to the fore, rather than the political agenda,” she said about Carol.

Meanwhile, Rooney Mara had kind words for her costar and their relationship in the film and offscreen. “Chemistry isn’t something you can create. As in real life, you either have it or you don’t. I felt lucky that it was easy for me to feel chemistry towards Cate,” she told the publication.

Carol is in theaters on Nov. 20.