Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara hit the red carpet side-by-side Wednesday night ahead of the screening of their period drama, Carol, at the BFI London Film Festival.Speaking with reporters, the two -- who play lovers set in 1950s New York -- detail their impression of the film, with Blanchett saying it expertly avoided being deemed "political," due to its homosexual themes.
In 2004, Blanchett starred as Katharine Hepburn in "The Aviator" which earned her not only critical acclaim but also an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
The 46-year-old actress said timing helped be seen for what it is: a love story.
"I think the landscape around the conversation around same-sex relationships has advanced in a lot of countries," the Australian star said.
She has been cast as Hela in the Marvel Studios film Thor: Ragnarok (2017).
, set in the 1950s, Blanchett's character has an affair with a shop girl (Rooney Mara).