Cate Blanchett Says She Delights in Playing Iconic Lesbians

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Saturday September 10, 2022
Originally published on September 1, 2022

Cate Blanchett poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film Tar during the 79th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy.
Cate Blanchett poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film Tar during the 79th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy.  (Source:Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

Cate Blachett delights in playing iconic lesbians and soon she will take on another iconic role as Lydia Tár a trailblazing female conductor and the first-ever female conductor of a major German orchestra.

As reported by The Daily Beast, "TÁR" will follow the conductor's career rise and two noted love affairs with female musicians under her. It is one of the most hotly-anticipated films to premiere at the Venice Film Festival and the dark drama is right up Blanchett's alley.

"I think it's important on a society level. Homogeneity in any art form is death," Blanchett told The Daily Beast at a press conference for the film. "But I'm very wary of butting up the word 'importance' with the word 'art,' because I don't see that artistic practice is an educational too. I think what people do with it after the fact the thing — after 'the thing,' as Todd likes to call it — is made can be politicized, or disseminated, or discussed, or people can be disgusted with it, or offended by it, or inspired by it. But that is outside of our control."

Director Todd Field reportedly wrote the film specifically for Blanchett. It's the second time, after 2015's "Carol," that Blanchett will portray a gay woman.

"It felt urgent, it felt undeniable. But strangely, I didn't think about the character's gender—or her sexuality—at all," Blanchett told The Daily Beast. "And I think I love that about the film. It just is. It's a very human portrait, and I think that we have perhaps matured enough as a species that we can watch a film like this and not make that the headline issue. It just is."

About "Carol," Blanchett said she looks back on the film and realizes that "no other films like that were being made."

"Patricia Highsmith's story was the first story where a woman who loved other women wasn't redeemed by the love of a man or killed herself, so it's a seminal piece of work in that and many other respects," she said. "But at the time 'Carol' was made, I subsequently realized just how important it became to people. And at the time of making it, it was just something that we had to make, and so I'm not interested in agitprop. Whilst there's a lot of hot-button topics that come up in [TÁR], it is not about any of those things. They're plot devices."

Sounds like this is going to be quite the performance for Blanchett. Will you be watching?