Ocean’s 8, an adaptation of the classic Ocean’s 11 but featuring an all-female cast comes out next summer, and because we know how the world works, it’s probably going to start a lot of conversation. In next month’s issue of Elle, covergirl Anne Hathaway says that she’s not paying attention to any of the hate for now. Quite the opposite actually: Oceans 8 made Anne Hathaway rethink her role as a woman, in and out of Hollywood. So for now, any criticisms can go to you-know-where, because no matter what, it’s a big deal to have an action movie with an all-female cast in her opinion, period.
Hathaway said, “Hollywood is not a place of equality. I don’t say that with anger or judgment; it’s a statistical fact. And even though I’ve been in some female-centric films, I’ve never been in a film like this.”
She added that it was a refreshing experience to be around women all day, every day. “Just being on a set where I’m the one who possesses that ease is really something. It’s a nice alternative narrative,” she added, referring to the totally liberating feeling of not having to “unconsciously change yourself,” or code switch, around her female co-stars. What a world, right?
Ocean’s 8 stars Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, and Sarah Paulson, which is a lot of star and girl power. Hathaway told Entertainment Tonight that she doesn’t care if the movie draws the same kind of ridiculous criticisms that the all-female Ghostbusters did last year.
Sure, it will be nice when one day there are an equal number of films with not just all-female casts but more female stories. For now though, we’re happy that Hathaway and the Oceans 8 crew had such a good time making the movie.