Everybody needs a RiRi, Sandy and Cate in their life.
The all-female cast of Ocean’s 8 basically just made the case for why we need twenty more films like it. Anne Hathaway, who gave birth to a baby boy prior to filming the heist flick, talked about how she felt self-conscious about her postpartum body – but her co-stars Rihanna, Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett weren’t having a second of it.
Anne was on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to promote the caper and revealed that she felt the ‘pressure to look a certain way as an actress’, however she found it difficult to bounce back to that after giving birth to her son. (No surprise, given that she had literally just created a brand new human being.)
She told Ellen, ‘I don’t beat myself up about any of that stuff anymore, but after I had my son, the weight was really slow to come off and so I was a different size than I normally am.’
After speaking with Ocean’s 8 director Gary Ross, she was told that wasn’t a problem at all and that they needed ‘as many body types’ in the film as possible. So she dressed up, went to set and got ready to go back to work.
‘I walked on the set,’ she said, ‘And my weight’s a little up and I’m just aware of it…I’m in my jeans and I’ve done my best and I’m gonna love myself no matter what.’
If she thought she could coast by without her cast members taking notice however, she was sorely mistaken.
Anne revealed, ‘Sandy Bullock just looks up and goes, ‘Looking great, mama!’ which made me feel amazing. And then Cate Blanchett’s like, ‘Nice jeans, Hathaway.”
It didn’t stop there however, as Rihanna apparently piped up and told her, ‘Damn girl, you got an ass!’
Anne said, ‘Of course I was freaked out and loved it so much and I go, ‘Really?’ And [Rihanna] goes, ‘You got an ass like me.”
That is HIGH PRAISE coming from the Work queen herself and a brand new life goal for us. The string of compliments evidently gave Anne the confidence to walk out and slay in Ocean’s 8. She’s currently being hailed as one of the biggest highlights of the film as celebrity Daphne Kluger, whose impressive jewellery stash is targeted by Sandra Bullock’s ragtag team of thieves.
Anne Hathaway is a Hollywood veteran at this point with films like Les Miserables, Brokeback Mountain, Colossal and a casual Oscar under her belt. However, even this female-dominated felt special to her in a way that none of her others projects had before.
She said, ‘It was beautiful to be surrounded by that much love and understanding.’
Every workplace needs to be like the set of Ocean’s 8 TBH: raising people up, not tearing them down. If you want to see Anne, Rihanna and the rest of the women in action, you can go check out Ocean’s 8 in cinemas now.