Elizabeth Entenman
May 24, 2018 6:48 am
Barry Wetcher / Warner Bros

It’s not every day that a movie has eight female leads, which is why we’re so grateful for Ocean’s 8. Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna, and Helena Bonham Carter are not only brilliantly talented actresses who share the spotlight. These actors also accurately and authentically represent women in a way that most movies don’t.

During the Ocean’s 8 press conference in New York City on Tuesday, May 22nd, the film’s co-writer and director Gary Ross said it was very important to him to have a cast that correctly represented the world in 2018. And lucky for him, he got his dream team.

“One of the things that we’re celebrating is not just their commonalities, but their differences,” Ross said. “These are eight distinct women from eight distinct backgrounds, and that closely resembles what the world looks like. It’s not just what Hollywood has made the world look like. That diversity was intentional, and important to us that it looked like the world. This group of people needed to be very, very representative.”

Anne Hathaway, who plays actress Daphne Kluger, elaborated on how important visual representation is in the movie.

Awkwafina, who plays quick-handed Constance, spoke specifically about the film’s racial diversity.

Sandra Bullock, who plays con queen Debbie Ocean, talked about another kind of representation in the movie: the kindness inherent in female friendships instead of the cattiness between frenemies.

And Ocean’s 8 co-writer Olivia Milch tied it all together.

Well said, everyone. Ocean’s 8 hits theaters on June 8th.

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