Many believe queer actors playing queer characters would be progress.
Some don’t feel this way. Like two-time Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett. She has some pretty strong opinions on the matter.
As reported by THR reporting from the Rome Film Festival, Blanchett says she strongly believes actors don’t need a shared experience to play a role, and that straight actors should be allowed to play LGBTQ+ characters forever without any bad blood.
“It also speaks to something that I’m quite passionate about in storytelling generally, but in film specifically, which is that film can be quite a literal medium.”
“And I will fight to the death for the right to suspend disbelief and play roles beyond my experience.”
“I think reality television and all that that entails had an extraordinary impact, a profound impact on the way we view the creation of character. I think it provides a lot of opportunity, but the downside of it is that we now, particularly in America, I think, we expect and only expect people to make a profound connection to a character when it’s close to their experience.”
Blanchett was nominated for an Oscar for playing a repressed lesbian in (the great movie) Carol (2015). Her character in this year’s boring-except-when-Anne–Hathaway-was-onscreen Ocean’s 8 was heavily implied to be a lesbian, though this was never confirmed.
The way Blanchett presents her argument seems logical enough until you look at the numbers. Openly gay actors struggle to even get cast in movies or TV, and straight people win awards for playing LGBTQ+ people all the time.
Do you agree with Blanchett’s remarks about the suspension of disbelief, or do you think she’s completely out of touch? Let us know in the comments.