Cate Blanchett Is Tired of the Same Old Conversation About Women in Hollywood
By Julie Miller
Every so often, the media grabs hold of a semi-controversial concept or question and refuses to let go until every actor in Hollywood has commented on the subject, and all the proverbial " clickbait" blood has been wrung from it. Several years back, one of those conversations revolved around "Bridesmaids" and whether its box-office success would prove a tipping point for women in comedy. And these days, one popular subject circling headlines seems to be whether there are enough complex roles for females in Hollywood. And Cate Blanchett, who has played many such parts in her career, is sick of it.
While on the red carpet for "Carol" in London on Wednesday, the Oscar winner aired her grievances with this line of questioning.
"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?'" Blanchett told reporters. "We seem to find ourselves in the same conversation and that's somehow remarkable."
"I think there's a swathe of great roles for women and, certainly, there’s some wonderful female performers,” she continued. “It’s just time to get on with it, really."
Taking the lead on her own suggestion, Blanchett spoke about the complex central characters she and co-star Rooney Mara play in "Carol," which centers on the romance between a married woman in the 1950s and an aspiring photographer who is based on Patricia Highsmith's "The Price of Salt."
"Both characters are quite isolated — not only because their feelings set them apart from others, but the gap in their ages," Blanchett said. "They go through these volcanic feelings towards one another, so it was a relief to do the [love] scenes with Rooney. Finally we get to be together."
"Carol" opens in U.S. theaters on December 18.
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