Cate Blanchett Dishes on New Role in 'Carol'

The Oscar-winning actress is receiving award buzz for her role as a 1950s married woman in love with a younger woman.
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Test Text1 I Cate Blanchett has won two academy awards and critics say she may win another in the movie, "Carol." She plays an elegant wife who falls for a woman she meets in an apartment store. What kind of name is that? It's Czech. It's very original. And your first name? Therese. Therese. Not Teresa. It's lovely. And yours? Carol. Carol. And the lovely cate Blanchett joins thus morning. Thank you for being with us. Thank you for having me. She's married and has children when she meets Therese. Tell us about this. It was illegal in the 1950s. And the impediment between them. There's a big age gap. But there's the same-sex thing. I think Carol is very shut down. Defensive. Remote. She's in a loveless marriage. She gets ambushed by a young girl she meet over Christmas. Is there this book was published in 1952. The author had to write under a pseudonym. Yes, Claire Morgan. The outcome is especially unique. It is. The first piece of so-called lesbian fiction that ended with a possibility. Prior to that, the woman either killed herself, become a nun, or redeemed by the love of a good man. To have a happy ending. I think what's wonderful is that the women's gender is an important part of the story. In the way that the universality of the love story, witnessing people falling madly in love for the first time, it's got a broader connection than that. It's beautiful. In a recent interview, Rooney Mara said she was terrified of working with you. You were her idol when she was going to the theaters. What was the chemistry like between the two of you? It's not something you can plan for. We did a loft research about the period and the book and the characters. That stuff is the magical stuff that you hope the camera's catching. Because Todd Haines, we worked together on the bob Dylan film. He and Rooney hadn't worked together. It was a threesome, as it were. You don't know until you see the final product what that chemistry translated. I hope it did. It certainly did. Another fantastic actor. Sara Paulson. Your best friend if the film. She spoke to nick watt about you recently. Take a listen. Oh, no. She's a blow to we, sparkly sort of sea creature. There's something very other worldly about her. Do you understand that? She was referring to the elf queen maybe. Sea creature? Maybe. I adore her. Adore her. It was an extraordinary cast and Kyle Chandler, you know, it was -- what's wonderful about the film is yes, Carol is in a loveless marriage, but the husband, played by Kyle, is not demonized. He's as trapped by versions of what society thinks man should be as Carol is by who a woman should be. More than 60 years after this book was published, it's finally being made into a movie. Why is the message just as important today? I think if the film was made 15 years oorks it would have been seen as a political act. This film no longer has to stand for all of that experience. In the end, the it's the love story that come across. It certainly does. Cate Blanchett, few for joining us. "Carol" is in limited release this Friday.

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