Cate Blanchett admits she has one problem with her new movie Carol.

"The problem is that when you represent a character in a same-sex relationship, it’s like you have to represent them all," Cate Blanchett told The Guardian, speaking about her eponymous role in the new Todd Haynes-directed film, Carol.

"You become a spokesperson, which really isn’t the point. When the time comes that we have a diversity of same-sex couples in film, then the problem is solved, I don’t have to stand for everyone.”

In the much-anticipated Carol, she plays the unhappy housewife who wins the heart of Therese, the Manhattan shop assistant, played by Rooney Mara. Carol is set in the 1950s and is adapted from Patricia Highsmiths's novel, The Price of Salt.

Blanchett also revealed her teenage obsessive fascination with M*A*S*H actor Alan Alda. "My father (Robert DeWitt Blanchett) died when I was young," she said. "And Alan Alda looked just like my father. And I would watch it (M*A*S*H) five days a week, just to imbibe him and say hello. So when I eventually met him, my God, he must have thought I was some sort of mad person. I ran up to him as though I was seeing my dad.”

 

Blanchett, her mother and father and her two siblings lived in the suburbs of Melbourne. When Blanchett was 10, her father, who was originally from Texas, left to go to work one morning, waving goodbye to his daughter through the window as he walked by the house. Later that day he suffered a heart attack and died. “That was a pretty dark time,” says the actress.

Blanchett won her first Oscar for the Katharine Hepburn role in Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator. She won a second Oscar for her role in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine, playing the fragile New York high society lady staying with her more ordinary step-sister in San Francisco, as she deals with personal demons.

Carol opens in Irish cinemas on November 27.