Cate Blanchett: I’ve Had Intimate Relationships With Women “Many Times”

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Cate Blanchett revealed to Variety that she's had intimate relationships with women "many times" in the past Jason Merritt/Getty Images

And that’s that! Cate Blanchett rarely opens up about her personal life, but the two-time Oscar winner made an exception while promoting her upcoming movie Carol. During an interview with Variety, the Australian actress revealed that she’s had intimate relationships with women in the past.

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In Carol, set in the 1950s, Blanchett’s character has an affair with a shop girl (Rooney Mara). When asked if this was the first time she played a bisexual, she mused: “On film or in real life?” To clarify, Variety reporter Ramin Setoodeh then asked if she’s had relationships with women. “Yes,” the Cinderella star, 45, replied. “Many times.”

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Cate Blanchett in Variety

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Blanchett didn’t go into further detail, but she did explain how she got prepared for her new role. “I read a lot of girl-on-girl books from the period,” she explained.

Blanchett and her husband of 17 years, Andrew Upton, are parents to three sons: Dashiell, 13, Roman, 11, and Ignatius, 7. Back in March, the couple adopted baby girl Edith Vivian Patricia.

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Cate Blanchett with husband Andrew Upton Stefanie Keenan/WireImage

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During the eye-opening interview, Blanchett also discussed how male stories are still, unfortunately, dominating the box office. “It’s not serving the audience,” she said. “People want to see good films. We should have equal access to the multiplexes.”

She added: “I think there’s been a critical mass of women who have reached a certain place in the industry. I want it to not be discussed anymore. But it needs to be discussed.”

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