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Sarah Paulson and Sandra Oh Talk ‘Forward Motion’ but ‘Long Way to Go’ for Female Roles

Sarah Paulson and Sandra Oh Talk ‘Forward Motion’ but ‘Long Way to Go’ for Female Roles

Variety-Somehow, despite their long careers in the industry, Sandra Oh and Sarah Paulson have never met. They’ve both worked for two of the most prolific creators on television, Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy. They’ve both done the Emmy dance before — Oh’s nomination for “Killing Eve” is her sixth, while Paulson won the trophy back in 2016 for “ The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” and just earned her seventh nom overall for the latest iteration of “American Horror Story.” But television is a peripatetic business, which found both on sets all over the country, if not the world, throughout their working lives.

What do awards mean to you?

Sarah Paulson: I could pretend it’s meaningless. I couldn’t pretend it doesn’t thrill me because it’s cooler and you don’t want to give too much weight to these things, because to me the work itself has been the reward. But I can’t deny that doing any work that is recognized or appreciated is meaningful to me, and to be recognized by other actors is obviously very meaningful and also maybe it means I will get to continue doing it for more years, which is always going to be the goal. It sure doesn’t suck! I can put it bluntly like that.

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Coverage: San Diego Comic Con 2018

Glass headed up to SDCC to preview its upcoming sequel. This engaging panel featured cast discussion and an exclusive trailer. The panel was moderated by Yvette Nicole Brown and Sarah was there alongside her co-stars Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, and Anya Taylor-Joy., plus director M. Night Shyamalan.

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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.

Sarah Paulson teases ‘American Horror Story’ Season 8 crossover: ‘My character is something I’ve never done on the show before’

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As fans of “American Horror Story” eagerly await more spoilers about Season 8, which will be a crossover between “Murder House” (Season 1) and “Coven” (Season 3), Sarah Paulson teased this little nugget of information in our recent interview: “My character is something I’ve never done on the show before.” Hmm, does that mean she’ll be playing a brand new character? Have we truly seen the last of her former roles, “Murder House’s” medium Billie Dean Howard and “Coven’s” supreme witch Cordelia Foxx?

Paulson declares, “I can confirm now that I’ve read it all that Ryan Murphy has said publicly about the hybrid nature of the tone. [It’s] a real combination of sort of earlier days of ‘Horror Story’ in tone mixed with the newer versions of things. I think he’s kind of doing something again where he’s reinventing it, and its exciting. My character is something I’ve never done on the show before.”

“Kathy Bates is back!” Paulson continues. “I missed her so much, I’m very excited about that.” Other confirmed cast members for “American Horror Story” Season 8 include Evan Peters, Emma Roberts, Cheyenne Jackson, Billie Lourd, Billy Eichner, Adina Porter, Leslie Grossman and new addition Joan Collins.

One of the big hurdles for Paulson in Season 8 will be stepping behind the camera for the first time as a director. “I feel as excited and terrified as I’ve ever felt about doing anything,” she admits nervously. “I can imagine myself doing it in terms of from a performance standpoint, in terms of knowing how to help an actor. But in terms of where to put the camera, I don’t know about that!” She gains comfort though in having the “safety and security” of her “AHS” family behind her.

Paulson is on the 2018 Emmy ballot for her “AHS: Cult” role of Ally Mayfair-Richards, a wife and mother whose phobias and anxieties return after Donald Trump wins the electoral college. Ally soon joins a murderous cult that’s led by the devilish Kai Anderson (Peters), and then she eventually claims her power back when she runs for government office.

‘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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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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Ocean’s 8 Press Conference and Photocall

On May 22, Anne Hathaway, Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, and Awkwafina gathered together at the Temple of Dandur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) for a press conference to promote the film Ocean’s 8. Ou gallery has been updated with high quality images, take a look!

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The Ocean’s 8 Cast Never Thought A Movie With So Many Women Would Get Made

At an Ocean’s 8 press conference Tuesday at the Temple of Dandur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sandra Bullock confessed that, when she first heard of Ocean’s 8, she didn’t think it would get financed.
“I thought it was a fun idea. I didn’t at the time think the movie would get made,” Bullock told reporters.

Seven of the eight cast members of the film appeared at the conference alongside director Gary Ross and screenwriter Olivia Milch. They discussed the novelty of an all-women heist movie, and what it feels like to have eight of Hollywood’s biggest names on the same bill. Blanchett, who plays the Brad Pitt to Bullock’s George Clooney in this iteration of the Ocean’s franchise, added that just a few years ago, this movie seemed like an “impossibility.”

“Isn’t it interesting — two or three years, this seemed like an impossibility. Like, how could we possibly get this made? And it’s so great that it’s being released now, and you go, ‘Well, of course.’ A lot has shifted,” Blanchett revealed.

Gary Ross, the film’s director, added, “There are more ‘of courses’ now than there were then.”

Rumors about an all-women Ocean’s movie emerged in late 2015, years after Steven Soderbergh stated that he would not be making an Ocean’s Fourteen. Given the historically male format of the movies — Frank Sinatra starred in the original, and Clooney dominated Soderbergh’s remakes — this seemed like a pipe dream. But by summer of 2016, the rumor earned credibility with the news that the movie had a fully stacked cast. (Elizabeth Banks was initially reported to be in the film, but she later dropped out.) The movie’s titular 8 are as follows: Mindy Kaling, Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Awkwafina, Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Paulson, and Anne Hathaway.

“I’m really excited for the moment that this doesn’t feel special anymore,” Hathaway said of the film. In the movie, she plays a fame-crazed celebrity who’s wearing the necklace Sandra Bullock’s character plans to burgle.

The massive cast did manage to bond during the film, Bullock added, even though their schedules didn’t really allow for it. “I think we managed to connect on a level that we never ever would have been given a chance [to connect on] because we — women, you know, there’s five roles [in Hollywood] and we’re all looking for them, and they’re all lone little islands, and here we were, Hawaii, and all the other islands,” she said, talking her way through the metaphor. In case you’re wondering, the cast does have a group text.

“You guys all know about the Bechdel test,” Kaling said, referring to the Bechdel-Wallace test, which asks if a film contains two female characters who talk about something other than a man. “This passes it with flying colors. I mean, the fact that we’re orchestrating a crime as opposed to fighting over a man. There’s isn’t even a specter of a man.”

It’s rare — indeed, maybe unprecedented — that an action film would feature eight women collaborating on one massive heist. Much less eight women who are funny, glamorous, and not in the midst of romantic turmoil. It’s a mark of a greater cultural shift that sees value in telling interesting female-driven stories.

Hathaway added, “You can’t underestimate the power of visual representation. So, to an 8-year-old girl, we’re not trying to say, ‘Go have a life of crime,’ but we’re saying, ‘Go do what you want. Go do what you want [because] there’s space for you. There’s space for you to do it with your friends. And there’s room for all of you.’”

And to think — two or three years ago, this might not have been greenlit.

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