Cate Blanchett Explains 'Relationships With Women' Comments That Were Apparently Taken Out Of Context
Sad news for Cate Blanchett lady-shippers. Last week, Blanchett broke the Internet and my brain when she casually told Variety about her "many" past relationships with women. During the interview, Blanchett discussed her role as a married woman in the 1950s who falls in love with Rooney Mara's character in the upcoming Carol. When she was asked if this was her first time playing a lesbian character, Blanchett reportedly revealed she's been in real-life relationships with women "many times," adding that she "never thought about" the fact that her character doesn't explicitly come out as lesbian in the film. “I think there are a lot of people that exist like that who don’t feel the need to shout things from the rafters,” she said, prompting lady-loving ladies of the Internet to wonder if maybe this was Blanchett's way of coyly coming out.
However, Blanchett provided some clarification on her previous statement on Sunday at the Cannes Film Festival press conference for Carol that sadly, tragically suggests her words may have been taken out of context. According to Vulture, Blanchett recalled, "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 women, the answer’s 'No.' But that obviously didn’t make it into print." Blanchett continued, "In 2015, the point should be, 'Who cares?'[...]I thought that one’s job as an actor was not to present one’s boring, small, microscopic universe, but to raise and expand your sense of the world and make a psychological and empathetic connection to another character’s experience so that you could present something other than your own world to an audience[...]I’m certainly not interested in putting my own thoughts and opinions up there."
Blanchett has a point. She has every right to maintain privacy surrounding her personal life, and part of what makes Blanchett such a tastefully mysterious slice of elegance is the fact that she doesn't tweet every time she poops. Nobody should care whether or not she's dabbled in lady love.