Cate Blanchett: Actresses Landing “Breakthrough” Roles Should Be Norm

At the BFI London Film Festival screening of her new romantic period drama, Carol, Oscar-winning Cate Blanchett spoke of how strong women should be considered the norm by now in Hollywood cinema.

“Every time there’s interesting, complex roles played by actresses on screen, someone says, ‘Do you think this is a breakthrough?’ and ‘Does this mean there’s going to be more of the same?’ We seem to find ourselves in the same conversation and that’s somehow remarkable,” said Blanchett, speaking before her film’s screening.

“I think there’s a swathe of great roles for women and certainly, there’s some wonderful female performers,” she added. “It’s time to get on with it really.”

Carol tells the story of Carol Aird, played by Blanchett, who meets young department store clerk Therese Belivet, played by Rooney Mara. The two characters fall in love, with Carol later on losing custody of her daughter in a divorce battle due to her affair with a woman.

It was adapted for the big screen from Patricia Highsmith’s novel, The Price of Salt.

Blanchett hopes people will dismiss any political agenda with the film, as it focuses on the same-sex relationship between her character and Mara’s.

“I think even if this film had been made 5 or 10 years ago, it would have been perceived as being more political,” said the Australian actress. “The landscape and conversation around same-sex relationships has advanced in many countries… so the universality of the love story comes to the fore, rather than the political agenda.”

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Blanchett, known for her roles in Notes on a Scandal, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit trilogy, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, is a mother of four married to playwright and screenwriter Andrew Upton.

She has won numerous accolades in her career, including two Academy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and three British Academy Awards.

Prior to Carol, Blanchett starred in 2015’s American political docudrama, Truth, which was based on American journalist and television news producer Mary Mapes’ memoir, Truth and Duty: The Press, The President And The Privilege Of Power.

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