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Cate Blanchett tells magazine she’s had relationships with women ‘many times’

Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

Count Cate Blanchett among the celebrities who find that using labels when it comes to sexuality is highly unnecessary.

While talking to Variety about her role as a gay woman in the 1950s in Todd Haynes’ “Carol,” based on the Patricia Highsmith novel “The Price of Salt,” the two-time Oscar winner was asked if this was her first turn as a lesbian, and she coyly replied, “On film? Or in real life?”

So obviously she was then asked if there were any real-life same-sex relationships to speak of, to which Blanchett said, “Yes. Many times.”

But the Australian actress, who has four children with her husband of 18 years, Andrew Upton, did indicate that she was in no rush to make rules for the character of Carol, a New Yorker who falls in love with a younger department store clerk, played by Rooney Mara. Blanchett said when asked if she had a particular vision for Carol, “I never thought about it. I don’t think Carol thought about it.”