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Cate Blanchett Wants Straight Actors To Continue Taking LGBTQ Roles

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Over the years, LGBTQ actors have been properly representing themselves in TV shows and movies. Unfortunately, many Hollywood executives don’t see them taking major roles. One actress decided to throw in her two cents about this situation.

Quiet On The Set

While at the Rome Film Festival, Cate Blanchett defended straight actors portraying LGBTQ characters. In 2015, the actress played a lesbian in the film Carol. Blanchett’s performance earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.

In her opinion, being able to portray something you’re really not helps with the entire acting experience. “It also speaks to something that I’m quite passionate about in storytelling generally, but in film specifically, is that film can be quite a literal medium,” Blanchett said during the discussion.

Hollywood’s Poor Representation

Many people in Hollywood have been critical about straight people taking LGBTQ roles. Throughout the Oscars’ history, 52 straight actors have gained nominations for playing LGBTQ characters. A handful of them, including Jared Leto and Hilary Swank, have actually won.

Recently, Scarlett Johansson was under fire for accepting the role of a transgender character in Rub & Tug. She immediately stepped away from the role. “I am thankful that this casting debate, albeit controversial, has sparked a larger conversation about diversity and representation in film,” she said in a statement. This wasn’t the first time Johansson got in trouble with the community. She gained a negative response for being cast in Ghost In The Shell. In the source material, her character Major Motoko Kusanagi is Asian.

Need Some Work Done

Fortunately, there has been a rise in prominent LGBTQ representation. At this year’s Emmys, Samira Wiley and Yance Ford both walked away with awards. At this year’s Oscars, Daniela Vega became the first transgender person to present at the ceremony. Vega’s film A Fantastic Woman won the Oscar that night for Best Foreign Film. Call Me By Your Name saw a handful of nominations, including Best Picture.

Hollywood still has some work to do, though. GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis told Variety, “It is not getting better. The bars are not being moved.”

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