Blanchett: 'Bisexual' Comments Taken Out of Context

She's never had a sexual relationship with a woman, she clarifies
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 18, 2015 10:00 AM CDT
Blanchett: 'Bisexual' Comments Taken Out of Context
Cate Blanchett, director Todd Haynes, and Rooney Mara pose for photographers upon arrival for the screening of "Carol" at the Cannes Film Festival, southern France, Sunday, May 17, 2015.   (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

It may have seemed like Cate Blanchett came out as bisexual last week, but at a press conference this weekend for her new film, she said her comments about her relationships with women were taken out of context, the Guardian reports. "From memory, the conversation ran: 'Have you had relationships with women?' And I said: 'Yes, many times. Do you mean have I had sexual relationships with women? Then the answer is no,'" Blanchett said. "But that obviously didn't make it." She added that in this day and age, we shouldn't care one way or the other: "I thought one's job as an actor was not to present one's boring, small, microscopic universe, but to make a psychological connection to another character's experiences."

She added that in the film she's promoting, Carol, her character—who does embark on a sexual relationship with another woman— doesn't talk much about her sexuality. "[Carol's] sexuality is a private affair. What often happens these days is if you are homosexual you have to talk about it constantly, the only thing, before your work," Blanchett said. "We're living in a deeply conservative time." (Click to see pictures of Blanchett promoting the film at Cannes yesterday.)

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