Cate Blanchett: I Haven't Had Sexual Relationships With Women, But 'Who Cares?'

05/18/2015 11:11 am ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016

Cate Blanchett has never had a sexual relationship with a woman, but why should anyone care either way?

Last week, Blanchett, 46, made headlines after saying she had been in relationships with women "many times." Blanchett was speaking with Variety about her upcoming film "Carol," in which a young department store clerk (Rooney Mara) falls for an older, married woman (Blanchett). Variety asked if this was Blanchett's "first turn as a lesbian," to which the actress replied, “On film -- or in real life?" When pressed about whether she'd been in same-sex relationships before, she was quoted as saying: "Yes, many times."

However, in a follow-up discussion during the Cannes Film Festival Sunday, Blanchett said the aforementioned relationships were not sexual in nature.

“From memory, the conversation ran: ‘Have you had relationships with women?’ And I said: ‘Yes, many times. Do you mean have I had sexual relationships with women? Then the answer is no.’ But that obviously didn’t make it," she told the crowd at a press conference for "Carol," per The Guardian. “But in 2015, the point should be: Who cares? Call me old-fashioned, but I thought one’s job as an actor was not to present one’s boring, small, microscopic universe, but to make a psychological connection to another character’s experiences. My own life is of no interest to anyone else. Or maybe it is. But I certainly have no interest in putting my own thoughts and opinions out there.”

Variety didn't immediately respond to a Huffington Post request for comment.

In her remarks Sunday, Blanchett drew a comparison between the way sexuality is discussed in "Carol," which is set in the 1950s, and the way people's sexuality is scrutinized today.

“[Carol’s] sexuality is a private affair," she said. "What often happens these days is if you are homosexual, you have to talk about it constantly, the only thing, before your work. We’re living in a deeply conservative time.”

"Carol" premiered Sunday at Cannes to a rousing ovation, according to the New York Daily News.

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