Cate Blanchett, the Australian actress who is currently promoting her new movie Carol, weighed in on the ongoing debate about the lack of great roles for women in Hollywood. “Every time there are interesting complex roles played by actresses onscreen someone asks, ‘Does this mean there’s going to be more of the same?’” the Oscar-winning actress said before a screening of her new movie at the London Film Festival. “We seem to every year find ourselves in the same conversation, that somehow it’s remarkable. I think there’s a swathe of great roles for women and swathe of wonderful female performers. I think it’s just time to get on with it.” She also addressed the potentially controversial subject matter of the movie — a lesbian love story set in the 1950s — arguing that it would have probably been more “political” a few years ago. “I think the landscape around the conversation around same-sex relationships has advanced in a lot of countries. The universality of the love story comes to the fore, rather than any sort of political agenda.” Blanchett, who is already being tipped as one of the major contenders in next year’s Oscars race, will be discussing her career at our Women in the World Summit in India next month.
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