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In a recent interview with Variety, Cate Blanchett gives a revealing glimpse into her past relationships, which much to the surprise of many, include another woman. Blanchett is starring in the film, Carol, an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel, The Price of Salt.
Carol, played by Blanchett, is a middle-aged woman in the 1950s who falls into a discrete romance with a department store clerk played by Rooney Mara. According to her interview with the entertainment mag, this wasn’t Blanchett’s first intimate encounter with a woman.
The mom of four, including her newest addition daughter Edith, was asked if she had experimented with women romantically in the past. Blanchett quipped back, “On film – or in real life?” She then confirmed she has been involved in intimate relationships with women “many times.” That’s as far as the conversation went, though.
Blanchett remains a powerful force for women in the film industry who are still struggling with the financial battles that accompany a film starring women in lead roles.
“It was so hard,” Blanchett shared. “Midrange films with women at the center are tricky to finance. There are a lot for people laboring under the misapprehension that people don’t want to see them, which is not true.”
Another female celebrity who’s making headlines for her relationships with women is Miley Cyrus. And although there’s not much she can do anymore to really shock her fans, she has confirmed that she’s dated women.
The 22-year-old created the Happy Hippie Foundation, which assists LGBT youth who are homeless or searching for aid in other ways. And Cyrus, who remains close to the youth she helps, is grateful that her relationships have not been all “straight, heterosexual” ones.
“The position I’m in, I feel like I’ve got a lot of power,” explained Cyrus. “But so many kids don’t feel that way. They’re under their parents’ rule. When you have all eyes on you, what are you saying? And that’s what I had to ask myself a lot. It’s like, I know you’re going to look at me more if my [breasts] are out, so look at me. And then I’m going to tell you about my foundation for an hour and totally hustle you.”
Similarly, Blanchett commented on her upcoming movie and whether her character in the film, Carol, ever “comes out” as a lesbian throughout her relationship. “I never thought about it,” she says of Carol.
The actress doesn’t find labels like “gay” or “lesbian” necessarily necessary. “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.”