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Sarah Paulson: Ocean’s 8 is a fantasy

Channel 24 – It’s been more than 10 years since an Ocean-led crew has conned their way to millions of dollars.

Now a new gang is banding together to carry out the ultimate heist.

But this time, it’s Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) masterminding the plan, and she’ll only require eight supremely skilled women to pull it off.

Joining Bullock as the title eight are Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna and Helena Bonham Carter.

Paulson who plays Tammy a former black market traded who has traded the black market for the supermarket. She looks for all the world like a typical wife and mother unless you look in her garage, full of stolen merchandise.

Sarah sat down for a Q&A about her role in the film, the dynamic between the cast and what it was like to film at The Met Gala.

What drew you to Ocean’s 8?  

One day, [screenwriter / actor] Danny Strong, who wrote Game Change and was good friends with [Ocean’s 8 director/co-screenwriter] Gary Ross, texted me, asking if he could give Gary my phone number.  Gary called me about two minutes later, and then within a few days, he sent the Ocean’s 8 script to me.  Gary then asked if I wanted to be a part of it – as if I could say no!

Were you familiar with the three previous Ocean’s films directed by Steven Soderbergh?  

Yes, I had seen every one of them – and I had also seen the original 1960 Ocean’s 11 starring Frank Sinatra.  I found them all to be endlessly entertaining and incredibly fun.  It just seemed like the actors were all having the best time, and so we as an audience were having the best time.  I thought if Ocean’s 8 had that kind of magic, we would be in good shape.

Did you work with Gary Ross and co-screenwriter Olivia Milch to shape the character of Tammy, or was it already on the page for you? 

What Gary and Olivia did with Tammy was really interesting. Tammy has children and other responsibilities. She was once heavily into this game, and then opted out to raise a family. But when Sandy Bullock as Debbie Ocean approaches Tammy and asks if she’d like back in, the adrenaline rush is just too exciting for Tammy to pass up.

What skill set does Tammy bring to the team?

She’s the fence – a go-between for stolen goods. Tammy is running a small side business in her garage, which her family doesn’t know about.  It’s her way of keeping a toe in a world that she found incredibly thrilling, exciting and dangerous. And when Debbie whispers in her ear the amount of money she’d be netting after the heist, it’s just too good an offer to refuse.

Did you do any preparation to develop a fluency with that line of work?

I read a few books about being a fence.  But this isn’t the kind of deep, dark psychological thriller where I’d have to immerse myself in the underbelly of fencing and the world of white collar crime.  I enjoyed myself with my castmates and let the script dictate how this should go.

Did you know any of your castmates before beginning work on Ocean’s 8? 

I did a movie, Carol, with Cate Blanchett, and I knew Annie [Hathaway] socially; we both grew up New York and we’d see each other socially and at auditions.  I didn’t know the others, but I made seven new friends, which was exciting.

What was the dynamic like once you all did come together on set?  

More than one person has asked me if we had any fights, which was shocking to me because I thought, why would that be the first thing people would assume would happen if you put eight women in a room together? Some people were taking bets on who would be the last person out of the trailer and how long everyone was going to take to arrive on set. Actually, we were always ready while they were still lighting on set.  We also had a great time in the morning, getting ready together. It was like a real party, but a party with substantive people with great senses of humour.  It was like being at the greatest dinner gathering of all time.

The film features an epic recreation of the Met Gala. What was that like?

Filming in The Met was incredible because in-between set ups, you’re just going, “Oh, look at that artifact from…” Certain parts of the museum were cordoned off.  We couldn’t go everywhere.  But we did find ourselves in places we probably shouldn’t have been in.

Since the filmmakers were recreating the Met Ball, they had recruited celebrities, including the Kardashians, Katie Holmes, Zach Posen and several celebrated designers, to help authenticate the look of the evening.  There was a glamorous green room/bar, where these notables could relax between camera set-ups.  Meanwhile, we actors were in a dusty green room, which seemed like it hadn’t been vacuumed in a long time.  And we were hungry because you’re not allowed to bring food into The Met.  Then, a friend of Awkwafina, who was upstairs cooking, sent her a text, asking if we wanted some food.  And we were, like, “Food!?”  Awkwafina and I went up to that special green room, and we couldn’t believe it:  people were getting fancy whiskey bottles engraved – and, yes, there was food!   We were all saying, “Now, wait a second.  How come we didn’t know this was here? We’ve spent six hours downstairs in this tiny room, all of us together, not even having a carrot stick, because we didn’t think we could bring any food into the museum (laughs).”

Was it surreal to be at The Met in couture, and did you work closely with costume Sarah Edwards in pulling together Tammy’s wardrobe? 

Every single dress we’re wearing during the heist scenes were designed especially for the movie and specifically for us.  I got to wear the most extraordinary Prada dress that doesn’t exist anywhere else in the world.  That’s pretty extraordinary.  Sarah and I reviewed several design sketches Prada had in mind, and we picked our favourite, which best suited the Gala’s theme.

As the women plan and execute this incredibly ambitious heist, how does their dynamic evolve?  

Debbie knows all of them but the rest are strangers to one another.  They have a bit of trepidation, wondering how they’re all going to work together. But it becomes clear, very quickly, that each woman is the best in her field, and all they want to do is pull off this heist.  Everyone has the same goal.  They become an extraordinary team, and the heist would have been a disaster without each of their contributions.  There’s an enormous sense of camaraderie and gratitude, mixed with surprise, that they did this together.

What do you think it is about ambitious heist stories that draws us in and makes us root for the people behind it?

I think Ocean’s 8 is a fantasy. Sometimes you just really need an opportunity to kick back and let yourself be taken on this journey, which makes you forget about your troubles for a while and immerses you in another world where people are having a good time and doing something a little bit dangerous and a little bit naughty, but with a great deal of humour and heart. That’s the extraordinary thing about having a movie-going experience like this: you can transport yourself somewhere glamorous and fun, and watch a bunch of people work well together.

Photos & Video: ‘Ocean’s 8’ European Premiere

Sarah attended ‘Ocean’s 8’ European Premiere alongsite Rihanna, Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter & Mindy Kaling. The event was held at Cineworld Leicester Square in London.

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‘Ocean’s 8’ Cast on ‘The Late Late Show with James Corden’

As the cast of “Ocean’s 8” wraps the film, an incredibly emotional James Corden, who can’t help but look back and think of all the great times they had, embodying every feeling in Vitamin C’s classic “Graduation (Friends Forever).”

Sarah Paulson, Sandra Bullock & Awkwafina also chatted with James about the movie.

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Sarah & Anne Play How Well Do You Know Your Co-Star

Watch ‘Ocean’s 8’ stars Anne Hathaway and Sarah Paulson play ‘How Well Do You Know Your Co-Star?’ Just wait until you get to Anne’s “squirrel potato face” so cute!

‘Ocean’s 8’ cast Interviewed by ‘Today Show’

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.”

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‘Ocean’s 8’ Reviews

On Tuesday, Sarah and the Ocean’s 8 cast walked through the red carpet during the world premiere in New York. Now we’re getting the first movie reviews from Top Critics. Here are some of them:

VOX — Ocean’s 8, at its most endearing, is a slick, glamorous romp that makes you yearn for three more hours with its impossibly charismatic crew.

Blanchett, Paulson, Kaling, and Rihanna could spend the whole movie heating up pizza rolls and folding laundry, and it would still be entertaining. Watching these actresses hanging out together is inherently fun. Read full review

Variety — The heist is fun and convincing without being dazzling, and some of the most amusing stuff in the film is just character comedy. Read full review

IGN — Ocean’s 8 is the most satisfying installment in the franchise. The all-star cast is impeccable, the shift in focus yields sharp insights, and the heist itself is wily and enjoyable. Read full review

The Playlist — Ocean’s 8 is the self-aware frosé of movies; a summer delight, perfectly airy and refreshing, it’s not here to be your cinematic think piece. Ocean’s 8 knows exactly what it’s doing and what it’s trying to achive– showing the audience hell of a good time – and it succeeds marvelously at it, without leaving the audience feeling duped. Read full review

 

Photos & Videos: ‘Ocean’s 8’ World Premiere

Today is the world premiere of ‘Ocean’s 8’ happening in New York at the Alice Tully Hall. Sarah Paulson alongside co-stars Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway, Awkwafina, RIhanna, Mindy Kaling and Helena Bonham Carter walked though the red carpet. Our gallery has been updated with high quality images and we’re going to update this post as soon as we have more pics and videos to post.


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Bustle: ‘Ocean’s 8’ Star Sarah Paulson Is Ready

Bustle: ‘Ocean’s 8’ Star Sarah Paulson Is Ready

Sarah Paulson is gracing the cover of Bustle’s latest digital issue, which is her first ever digital cover story.

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Sarah Paulson is killing me. I’ve asked to read the text chain she has going with her Ocean’s 8 co-stars (weeks before it was reportedly deleted), and though she’s given me a firm “nope” because she doesn’t “want to get kicked off the chain,” she’s now holding her phone a foot-and-a-half from my face, offering a glimpse of the thread but scrolling too quickly for me to actually fix my eyes on a single word.

“There’s hearts,” she narrates. Swipe. “We’ve got Helena Bonham Carter giving us some emojis.” Swipe. “Mindy Kaling hearting things.” Swipe.

I stop her. Was that a photo of Rihanna in her new lingerie?

“Yeah, probably,” she says. “But then there’s also this.” She scrolls back to what looks like a dollar-store ad for nasal spray, moving her screen a cautious few inches closer to my face. I assume it’s a meme (earlier she’d told me Anne Hathaway “is the meme queen” of the group) but struggle to decipher its meaning. That’s because it’s not, in fact, a meme. “This is a sinus rinse that we can use if we’re feeling stuffy and puffy,” Paulson explains.

While a recommendation for “saline nasal irrigation” is hardly as provocative as Rihanna in lacy underthings, Paulson says it sums up what one might find in what she calls the “Ladies of O8” chat if one were allowed a proper perusal. “We had a press day where we were all involved and it was sort of like, ‘Well, what does one wear to these things?’” Paulson says. “Everybody started firing off, ‘I’m wearing pants,’ ‘I’m wearing a skirt.’ It was a very typical girlfriends thing to do.”

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Sarah Paulson & Cate Blanchett on ‘Today Show’

Sarah Paulson & Cate Blanchett were interviewed for Today Show early this morning. This is the funniest #Oceans8 interview so far and I really want Cate and Sarah to work together again in the future.

 

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‘Ocean’s 8’ New Trailer & Promotional Video

Check out the official Ocean’s 8 Movieclips Exclusive Trailer starring Sandra Bullock, Anne HathawayCate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Helena Boham Carter and Rihanna!

 

Game on. Tickets are now on sale! #Oceans8 – In theaters June 8. Tickets: link on page

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