The revival of the Ocean’s 11 franchise, Ocean’s 8, features an all-star cast of women, namely Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Sarah Paulson and Awkwafina.
The plot sees Danny Ocean’s estranged sister, Debbie (Bullock) lead a team of highly skilled thieves on a quest to steal a $150 million necklace worn around the neck of a famous socialite (Hathaway) at New York’s Met Gala. But is she in on it too?
Here’s what the some of the Ocean’s 8 cast had to say about working on the film…
Sandra plays Debbie Ocean, who has recently been released from prison.
“Working with this female cast felt like it was a long time coming. Too long, but I’m just so grateful that it happened. It felt like we had all been kept in solitary confinement from each other.
“Kind of like an ‘actress quarantine’ and when we all found ourselves like sardines in the trailer that first day, it was like the dam burst and we all made up for lost time.
“I saw a group of women support each other in the most humbling way. Everyone wanting the other to ‘have their moment’. Early on in the shoot we started reading stories [in the press] that we were at each other’s throats, but the opposite was true.
“A lot of filming was wasted on laughing fits that usually resulted in make-up having to be redone and a little snot being removed!”
Cate plays nightclub owner, Lou.
“Making Ocean’s 8 was too much fun; I hope and trust it will be as much fun to watch. It’s funny because you don’t worry about what you’re missing until you experience it. Something that all of us were saying is that an all-female starring cast is so rare.
“You get maybe one, two or three of you — but to get eight of you that have all got really interesting roles that are all playing off one another is very rare.
“It’s happened to me in the theatre a little bit, but it’s never happened to me before in film. So it’s hopefully to be oft repeated.”
Helena Bonham Carter
Helen plays fashion designer, Rose.
“This film is saying: we should be doing all parts that traditionally or automatically were going to men. Women have got to have 50% of the parts. I have a feeling things are changing, but let’s hope that keeps going.
“My character, Rose, is a little bit eccentric. I’m the ‘non-con’ – they all have a different expertise, but I am the innocent. She’s a really sweet woman, a fashion designer who is going bankrupt, that’s why she needs the money.
“I’m definitely not the Hollywood star. I think I get extra points [with my kids] when I bring interesting people home, though. Then I get, ‘Oh, she must be OK because she has friends like these.’”
Ocean’s 8 is on in cinemas now