Cate Blanchett has recently revealed that she has had several lesbian relationships in the past, just before her new movie Carol, premieres at the Cannes Film Festival May 17. Carol, a movie based on a 1952 slanderous novel titled, The Price of Salt, written by Patricia Highsmith. Director, Todd Haynes’ new movie is a double hitter as it is headlined by two women, and these two women fall in love.
The film, starring, Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett, will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival May 17. This movie has come at an important and yet complex time for stories that are driven by women. There are a number of movie hits this year that are focused on empowering women, such as, Insurgent, Fifty Shades of Grey, and Cinderella. There are also the upcoming, Trainwreck, Spy, and Hunger Games: Mockingjay.
However, the hot-button issue, still remains to be gender inequality in front and behind the camera. This is a global issue, in the business of entertainment, according to Blanchett.
Blanchett, is one of the camera’s biggest stars. She has held the recent role as, the evil stepmother in Cinderella, but she does not want to wait for Prince Charming to save the day. Blanchett, the 45-year-old Australian actress believes that prosperous women finally, are being given the opportunity to develop projects for women. According to Blanchett there is no industry that has uniform pay for women, so why should the entertainment industry be any different. Male-centered movies are not good for business, because it does not serve the audience, says Blanchett. Blanchett is not sure that Carol will make it to theaters. She says, that when women are in the center of mid-range movies, they are complicated to finance. There are many people who have the belief that people do not want to watch movies that are female focused, which Blanchett does not believe to be true. The franchise movie industry desires audiences that are young males, however female moviegoers cannot be ignored, as they count for a minimum of half of the ticket sales annually. Blanchett has hope, however, she says there has been a significant number of women who have arrived at a certain place in entertainment. Blanchett listed Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman and Reese Withersoon, as well as, producer Allison Shearmur. Shearmur made Cinderella a reality. Blanchett says she does not want to talk about this subject anymore, but it needs to be discussed.
If Carol could be as successful as Brokeback Mountain, it could be a big step for the movie’s PR, as well as a nice step for women in film. Blanchett is hopeful for both and another Oscar nomination.
In 2013, Blanchett got a call from Haynes about making Carol, when a bunch of directors dropped out of the project. Blanchett is looking forward to playing the charming, married New Yorker who has a sensual love affair with a younger woman, Therese, who is a department store clerk.
The indie production was financed by Film4 and Goldcrest Films. It was filmed in Cincinnati, but dressed up to look like New York in the 1950’s. The film was done in just 35 days, in April 2014. Blanchett said, scenes were shot in tomb-like homes. The city atmosphere added to the film. After a variety of film cuts were viewed by test audiences, the movie went idle. It is now scheduled for a Weinstein Co., late 2015 release.
Carol could earn a seventh Oscar nomination for Blanchett. However, if the movie is not a hit, it could be considered another “curse of the gay love story.” Two-time Academy Award-winner, Blanchett does not just play a lesbian for this movie, Blanchett says that she has had lesbian relationships herself, or it is making good PR for the new film.
Blanchett married Andrew Upton, playwright, nearly twenty years ago. The couple has four children.
To prepare for her role as Carol, Blanchett said she read many “girl-on-girl” 1950’s books. She said she believes there are a lot or people, like her character, who do not feel the need to shout things from the mountaintops.
By Jeanette Smith
Variety: Cate Blanchett Opens the Closet Door with Lesbian Romance ‘Carol’
Variety2: Cate Blanchett Lesbian Past Revealed: Actress Takes ‘Carol’ to Cannes
IB Times: Cate Blanchett Plays Lesbian in ‘Carol’; Actress Reveals Real-Life Relationships with Women
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