As Sarah wrote the other day, one of most highly anticipated films premiering in Cannes is Todd Haynes’s Carol starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. Cate covers the new issue of Variety in support of the film. And since the film is about romance between two women, she talks about whether or not she’s ever been involved with women:
“Yes. Many times.”
That’s all I need to know. Because she doesn’t qualify it (“I was experimenting in college”), she doesn’t diminish it (“I was drunk”), and she doesn’t discount it (“I realised I’m only into men”). Her attitude about it, that she doesn’t label her attraction, is almost casual, matter of fact. It just is. I love her for it. And I love her for continuing the point she made during her Best Actress Oscar acceptance speech about Hollywood’s equality problem and the lack of opportunities for women, not just in show business but in every business:
“We have to push forward. What industry has parity pay for women? None. Why would we expect this industry to be any different? It’s not serving the audience. People want to see good films. We should have equal access to the multiplexes. Midrange films with women at the center are tricky to finance. There are a lot of people laboring under the misapprehension that people don’t want to see them, which isn’t true.”
Now the ACLU of Southern California and the national ACLU Women’s Rights Project are putting Hollywood on blast – from studios to agents to casting directors, everyone – for what they’re calling “blatant and extreme gender inequality”, filing a complaint with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. Click here for more details.
And then there’s Amy Schumer who, every Tuesday night now for the last month, has been sending the message through comedy. If you haven’t watched her 12 Angry Men yet…why not?
Click here to read the full piece on Cate Blanchett.
Yours in gossip,