Cate Blanchett has had ‘many’ dates with women 

click to enlarge Cate Blanchett, pictured at the 2015 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin in February, opens up in a Variety cover story. - AXEL SCHMIDT/AP
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  • Cate Blanchett, pictured at the 2015 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin in February, opens up in a Variety cover story.
In "Carol," a movie debuting at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday, Cate Blanchett plays a character who falls in love with another woman, played by Rooney Mara.

In real life, the actress says she also has had relationships with women. "Many times," she told Variety.

The Australian actress, 46, is married to playwright Andrew Upton. The couple has four children, and, according to Variety, are planning to move from their native Australia to the U.S. – either to San Francisco or New York.

In the cover story, she also lamented gender inequality in Hollywod, noting that it took 11 years for “Carol” to get made, and that various directors left the project before Todd Haynes took it on in 2013.

But she also said she sees hope, with the “critical mass of women who have reached a certain place in the industry” like Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman. “I want it to not be discussed anymore,” Blanchett said. “But it needs to be discussed.”

BIG FAREWELL TO ‘MAD MEN’

Bring on the tears: The video promotion for Sunday’s final episode of “Mad Men,” set to Paul Anka‘s 1975 recording of “Times of Your Life,” spotlights sappy scenes from the show, as adman Don Draper (Jon Hamm) goes on a trip down memory lane with the women in his life: his daughter Sally (Kiernan Shipka), ex-wives Betty (January Jones) and Megan (Jessica Paré), and colleagues Peggy (Elisabeth Moss) and Joan (Christina Hendricks).

Don's agency partners Roger (John Slattery) and Bert (Robert Morse) also make cameos. It’s fitting, considering the song started as an advertising jingle Anka did for a 1970s Kodak campaign. (Don did a “Carousel” pitch to Kodak.)

Meanwhile, a marathon of all seven seasons in consecutive order is in progress on AMC this week. The network also announced that sister channels BBC America, IFC, SundanceTV and WE tv will air a special message commemorating the series timed to the finale in lieu of regularly scheduled programming.

QUICK TAKES

The Church of Scientology’s rehabilitation program for criminals, headed by Tom Cruise‘s brother-in-law Greg Capazorio, says it has received donations from Prince Charles. ... Sarah Jessica Parker apologized for an Instagram post that fans thought was a promotion for a new “Sex and The City” movie, but instead was an ad for her new shoe collection.

. HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Actress Miranda Cosgrove ("iCarly") is 22. ... Actress Amber Tamblyn (“Joan of Arcadia”) s 32. ... Director Sofia Coppola is 44. ... . Actress Cate Blanchett (:Blue Jasmine”) is 46. ... Musician Fabrice Morvan (Milli Vanilli) is 49. Musician David Byrne (Talking Heads) is 63. Director Robert Zemeckis (“Back to the Future”) is 64. Film producer George Lucas (“Star Wars”) is 71.

– Staff, wire report

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