When we wrote about Todd Haynes’s new movie ‘Carol’ that premieres this week at Cannes about two ‘straight’ women who fall in love, we knew that the project had been ‘in the closet’ for 15 years before it made it to the screen.

It turns out that now that it was not only thing in there too. In a very frank and wide-ranging interview with Variety Magazine the movie’s Cate Blanchett now admits that she has had her fair share of girl on girl action too off the screen.

When asked if this is her first turn as a lesbian, Blanchett curls her lips into a smile. “On film — or in real life?” she asks coyly. Pressed for details about whether she’s had past relationships with women, she responds: “Yes. Many times,” but doesn’t elaborate.

Like Carol, who never “comes out” as a lesbian, Blanchett doesn’t necessarily rely on labels for sexual orientation. “I never thought about it,” she says of how she envisioned the character. “I don’t think Carol thought about it.” The actress studied the era by picking up banned erotic novels. “I read a lot of girl-on-girl books from the period,” she says.

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Ms Blanchett married to playwright and director Andrew Upton and mother of 4 children, has already been nominated for an Oscar six times (she’s already won for2004’s “The Aviator” and 2013’s “Blue Jasmine”) and the pre-Cannes buzz is that the new performance could net her another one.