DOUBLE Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett has revealed a lesbian past by saying she has had "many" relationships with women before she got married.
The Australian actress, who has been married to playwright Andrew Upton for 18 years and has four children, made the comments in an interview with 'Variety'.
In her new film 'Carol', based on the Patricia Highsmith novel 'The Price of Salt', she plays a married older woman in 1950s New York who has a lesbian affair with a younger woman played by Rooney Mara.
Asked if the role was her first turn as a lesbian, the actress (45) said: "On film, or in real life?" Blanchett was then asked if she has had relationships with women in the past, and she replied: "Yes. Many times."
She did not give any further details, but said she read 1950s erotic novels to prepare for the role.
She said: "I read a lot of girl-on-girl books from the period. I think there are a lot of people that exist like (her character) who don't feel the need to shout things from the rafters."
It was not entirely clear whether Blanchett was being serious or joking about her sexual past, but the comments have garnered publicity for the film, which will premiere at Cannes this week.
She was also asked about the campaign in Hollywood to secure equal pay for women. (Daily Telegraph, London)