Anne Hathaway chatted with Ellen about the camaraderie among her “Ocean’s 8” co-stars, including Rihanna, who gave the actress a compliment she’ll never forget.
Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, and Awkwafina sit down with Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb to talk about their heist film “Ocean’s 8” and the challenges faced by women in Hollywood, including the pressure to be thin: “The big elephant in the room is the media,” Blanchett says. Kaling calls the film “a great summer movie.”
“Ocean’s 8” stars Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling and Anne Hathaway joke with Access Hollywood about which one of their co-stars they’d pick to be the object of a heist & the cast play Never Have I Ever with Buzzfeed.
On May 22, Anne Hathaway, Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, and Awkwafina gathered together at the Temple of Dandur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) for a press conference to promote the film Ocean’s 8. Ou gallery has been updated with high quality images, take a look!
The Ocean’s 8 Cast Never Thought A Movie With So Many Women Would Get Made
At an Ocean’s 8 press conference Tuesday at the Temple of Dandur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sandra Bullock confessed that, when she first heard of Ocean’s 8, she didn’t think it would get financed.
“I thought it was a fun idea. I didn’t at the time think the movie would get made,” Bullock told reporters.
Seven of the eight cast members of the film appeared at the conference alongside director Gary Ross and screenwriter Olivia Milch. They discussed the novelty of an all-women heist movie, and what it feels like to have eight of Hollywood’s biggest names on the same bill. Blanchett, who plays the Brad Pitt to Bullock’s George Clooney in this iteration of the Ocean’s franchise, added that just a few years ago, this movie seemed like an “impossibility.”
“Isn’t it interesting — two or three years, this seemed like an impossibility. Like, how could we possibly get this made? And it’s so great that it’s being released now, and you go, ‘Well, of course.’ A lot has shifted,” Blanchett revealed.
Gary Ross, the film’s director, added, “There are more ‘of courses’ now than there were then.”
Rumors about an all-women Ocean’s movie emerged in late 2015, years after Steven Soderbergh stated that he would not be making an Ocean’s Fourteen. Given the historically male format of the movies — Frank Sinatra starred in the original, and Clooney dominated Soderbergh’s remakes — this seemed like a pipe dream. But by summer of 2016, the rumor earned credibility with the news that the movie had a fully stacked cast. (Elizabeth Banks was initially reported to be in the film, but she later dropped out.) The movie’s titular 8 are as follows: Mindy Kaling, Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Awkwafina, Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Paulson, and Anne Hathaway.
“I’m really excited for the moment that this doesn’t feel special anymore,” Hathaway said of the film. In the movie, she plays a fame-crazed celebrity who’s wearing the necklace Sandra Bullock’s character plans to burgle.
The massive cast did manage to bond during the film, Bullock added, even though their schedules didn’t really allow for it. “I think we managed to connect on a level that we never ever would have been given a chance [to connect on] because we — women, you know, there’s five roles [in Hollywood] and we’re all looking for them, and they’re all lone little islands, and here we were, Hawaii, and all the other islands,” she said, talking her way through the metaphor. In case you’re wondering, the cast does have a group text.
“You guys all know about the Bechdel test,” Kaling said, referring to the Bechdel-Wallace test, which asks if a film contains two female characters who talk about something other than a man. “This passes it with flying colors. I mean, the fact that we’re orchestrating a crime as opposed to fighting over a man. There’s isn’t even a specter of a man.”
It’s rare — indeed, maybe unprecedented — that an action film would feature eight women collaborating on one massive heist. Much less eight women who are funny, glamorous, and not in the midst of romantic turmoil. It’s a mark of a greater cultural shift that sees value in telling interesting female-driven stories.
Hathaway added, “You can’t underestimate the power of visual representation. So, to an 8-year-old girl, we’re not trying to say, ‘Go have a life of crime,’ but we’re saying, ‘Go do what you want. Go do what you want [because] there’s space for you. There’s space for you to do it with your friends. And there’s room for all of you.’”
And to think — two or three years ago, this might not have been greenlit.
Anne visited last week the Watch What Happens Live show. You will find in our gallery promotional images and also screen captures of the after show.
There is a lot going on in Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis’ new movie — which is why, over two years after filming Colossal, the actors are still having a tricky time nailing down exactly what it’s about. Hathaway plays Gloria, a hard-partying writer who moves back to her hometown after losing her job and boyfriend (Dan Stevens). She spends her time getting sloshed at childhood friend Oscar’s (Sudeikis) bar. And then shit gets weird when Gloria realizes she has something to do with the gigantic Kaiju monster she sees on the news attacking Seoul, South Korea. Really weird.
With its bizarre premise and unpredictable screenplay (from Spanish writer-director Nacho Vigilando), Colossal is a thrillingly original ride. It’s also a wonky vehicle for discussions about everything from toxic masculinity and sexism to alcoholism and self-destructive demons: a philosophical stoner’s dream.
While the movie itself is, in one obvious way, completely absurd, it never spins out into the stratosphere of ridiculousness, thanks to the thoroughly believable performances from Hathaway and Sudeikis. They are by turns charming and repulsive, brave and vulnerable. So we sat down with the pair to talk about the gospel of Kristen Stewart, what it actually means for a film to be “feminist,” and the unintentionally brilliant ways their new movie reflects what’s going on in the world right now.
Anne visited last week the amazing James Corden show to promote Alice Through the Looking Glass. We had the amazing One Day reunion since the other guest was Jim Sturgess, plus Anne SLAYED again at the Drop the Mic segment, which you can full watch below. Check also some other bits from the interview, plus screencaptures in our gallery.