"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,'" Blanchett recalled. "But that obviously didn't make it."
The 46-year-old actress then used the alleged misquote to draw attention to gay issues. "In 2015, the point should be: who cares?" she said. "What often happens these days is if you're are homosexual you have to talk about it constantly, the only thing, before your work. We’re living in a deeply conservative time."
The topic of sexuality came up during her interview with Variety when the mother-of-four started discussing her role in the upcoming film Carol, based on the 1952 Patricia Highsmith novel The Price of Salt. The film, set in 1950s New York, is about a female department-store clerk (Rooney Mara) who dreams of a better life and falls for an older, married woman (Blanchett).
When asked if this was her first turn as a lesbian, Blanchett-- who's married to playwright Andrew Upton -- reportedly said with a smile, "On film -- or in real life?"
But when it came to defining her sexuality, Blanchett told Variety she rejected the idea of labels. "I never thought about it," she said, comparing herself to her on-screen character. "I don't think Carol thought about it."
Blanchett attended the Cannes Film Festival premiere of Carol alongside Mara on Sunday. The actress wore an eye-catching Giles dress, Brian Atwood shoes and Van Cleef & Arpels jewels for the formal event.