Stop. Whatever you are doing right now, stop it. Give me your undivided attention. Are you ready for this? (No, you are not.) Cate Blanchett, Our Elfin Goddess of Porcelain Skin, has had many relationships with women. Many relationships with women. I know this because Variety published an interview with her today about her upcoming queer-centric film, Carol, which is based on Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 lesbian pulp novel The Price of Salt. When the interviewer asked her if this is her first time being a lesbian, Cate Blanchett said, “On film — or in real life?” In real life, duh, Cate Blanchett! “Pressed for details about whether she’s had past relationships with women, she responds: ‘Yes. Many times.’”
You heard me: Cate Blanchett has had relationships with women in real life many. times.
The two-time Academy Award winner, three-time Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe Award winner, and one time (fictional) Queen of England did other research for her role as a “charismatic New Yorker who embarks on a passionate love affair with a younger department store clerk, Therese.” (Therese is played by Rooney Mara, because somebody read my Galadriel/Lisbeth Salander fan fiction.) For example, Blanchett “read a lot of girl-on-girl books from the period.” Also, she talked a lot about erogenous zones with Carol‘s costume designer.
“We asked, ‘What is the most erotic part of the body?’” Blanchett says. “We kept saying that wrists are really erotic. The neck. The ankles. The way Highsmith writes, she’s got this exquisite observation of detail that most people would miss, but a lover’s eye never would. We talked a lot about erogenous zones.”
Blanchett says Carol is not Blue Is the Warmest Color, which is good because I’m not sure I want to see the Lady of the Golden Wood eating spaghetti with her hands.
Carol opens at the Cannes Film Festival in five short days, on May 17. Variety seems to think if the film is a success, Blanchett will win another Oscar, but if it’s a bust, no one will ever make a gay movie again. It’s a risk I’m willing to take. (Honestly, what have we got to lose?) The film also stars Sarah Paulson, Coach Eric Taylor, and Carrie Brownstein.
I will commence reading The Price of Salt immediately and let you know as soon as you can get your eyeballs on Carol. In the meantime, rest comfortably knowing that Cate Blanchett is familiar with gal pal erogenous zones and has enjoyed the fruits of her knowledge “many times.”