Blanchett: I Haven’t Had Women Lovers

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Cate Blanchett, actress at very top of Hollywood A-list.

At one point, during Sunday’s Cannes press conference for the Todd Haynes film Carol, about a lesbian romance in 1952, Cate Blanchett was obliged to clarify a recent quote from Variety, that the married mother of four had plenty of personal experiences to draw on for her character. “From memory, the conversation ran: ‘Have you had relationships with women?’” said Blanchett. “And I said: ’Yes, many times.

CANNES, France–Cate Blanchett’s reputation as one of the greatest actresses of her generation is being cemented further at Cannes, where the premiere of her latest movie “Carol” has won rave reviews. Born in Melbourne on May 14, 1969, Blanchett began her career on the Australian stage, building up a string of acclaimed theater performances in the early 1990s before working her way into increasingly high-profile film roles. Call me old fashioned but 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.” Haynes’ first feature since 2007’s unorthodox Bob Dylan biography, I’m Not There, is an adaptation of a novel by Patricia Highsmith, the famed psychological mystery writer best known for Stranger on a Train and the Ripley novels. Blanchett made her breakthrough performance in 1998, playing the 16th-century British monarch in “Elizabeth,” which won her a slew of awards and her first Oscar nomination.

In the film, Blanchett stars as a lonely, upper-crust married woman who forms a relationship with a young shopgirl, Therese (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’s Rooney Mara), arguably a young stand-in for the young Highsmith herself. She has been nominated six times at the Academy Awards, winning the supporting actress statuette for another pitch-perfect impression, as Katherine Hepburn in “The Aviator” in 2004. Blanchett has also dabbled in blockbusters, appearing in “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” “Robin Hood,” and all of Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” and “Hobbit” films.

Harris about the Scarsdale Diet doctor murder) was working as a researcher for The New York Times Magazine when she met Highsmith, who had been commissioned to write a walking tour of Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery. The two women became long-distance friends – Highsmith spent the latter part of her life in Switzerland – and the author suggested Nagy might like to adapt one of her novels for the screen. Ripley” to the crusading Irish journalist in “Veronica Guerin” or another heavily accented (and pregnant) reporter in Wes Anderson’s “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.” She has repeatedly returned to the stage, to similar levels of acclaim. The pair have three sons together and recently adopted a baby girl.–Eric Randolph Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of

It took another 15 years for Carol to come to fruition, with various directors including Kenneth Branagh attached to the film, before Haynes came on board, though it’s hard to imagine a director who would be better suited. To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.

As cinematographer Edward Lachman put it, “we were trying to further the work of Mildred Pierce, a kind of soiled naturalistic look using mid-century world of photographers like Vivian Meier.” “The most affecting stories about love are always rooted in point of view,” said Haynes. “In Phyllis’ screenplay, you’re always in the point of view of the more amatory, and thus, less powerful, character. But that changes over the course of the film.” One film he cites is Brief Encounter, David Lean’s drama about a more conventional illicit relationship, and, similarly, more interested in the glowing coals than the actual flame. Most striking, and what makes you want to watch Carol again after a first viewing, is the beautifully lit and photographed faces of the two actresses, with their classic Hollywood sculptural looks.

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