Ocean’s 8 – press junket interviews, Late Late Show with James Corden, trailer, stills and photos
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Jun 9, 2018

Ocean’s 8 – press junket interviews, Late Late Show with James Corden, trailer, stills and photos

Hello Blanchetters,

Here are some updates of the promotional work for Ocean’s 8 featuring Cate Blanchett. New interviews, videos, stills and candids were added to our gallery. Enjoy!




Stills Today Show June 5th, 2018

Candids Outside Live with Kellt and Ryan

Cate Blanchett kicks off her shoes before she joins Mindy Kaling and Anne Hathaway to lounge on a plush hotel bed in New York City. The actors–three of the eight stars of Ocean’s 8–have been busy promoting the all-female spin-off of the long-running franchise, out June 8. A rest is warranted.

In the new heist comedy, Sandra Bullock’s Debbie Ocean (sister to Danny, played by George Clooney in the early-2000s trilogy) recruits a crew of skilled criminals to steal a priceless necklace off a starlet, played by Hathaway, at the Met Gala. Blanchett plays Lou, Debbie’s right-hand woman. Then there’s the hacker (Rihanna), the jeweler (Kaling), the designer (Helena Bonham Carter), the fence (Sarah Paulson) and the pickpocket (Awkwafina).

Blanchett, Kaling and Hathaway–eloquent even while reclining–spoke to TIME about on-set antics, the power and pressure of a female ensemble and their ideas for a sequel.

What was your favorite day on set?

Kaling: We were shooting at night in a getaway car, all wearing black, and it was cold out. And we were like, you know what would be great? Cocktails. And Sandy [Bullock] just materialized with some grapefruit juice and tequila.

Blanchett: I was nervous because I’m really not a tequila girl. But it’s not bad.

Kaling: You were the getaway driver, weren’t you?

Blanchett: Yeah, but the car wasn’t actually moving. It was green-screened.

Hathaway: My first day was the day after the election.

Kaling: [Sarcastically.] We were all rejoicing. Because our guy won.

Hathaway: We went through makeup, then Hillary [Clinton] gave her speech, and we cried off our makeup–then we had it put back on and worked a 20-hour day.

What discoveries did you make about one another?

Blanchett: I thought, What if we don’t all click? Part of you does buy that bullsh-t that women are competitive. But that disappeared after 20 seconds in makeup.

Hathaway: The thing I’d never been able to imagine is that people I admire struggle or miss a line or have a day where their kid has the stomach flu. By the end, I felt if I was struggling, I didn’t have to hide that.

If filming were to start tomorrow, how would things be different?

Blanchett: So much has changed even since day one of shooting this film. The culture has shifted.

Kaling: We’re so lucky we were part of something that was sort of a unicorn when it happened, and now we just happen to be ahead of our time doing a movie with all women. People feel good about going to see it politically, because we’re in a charged time–but it’s also just a great, funny movie.

Hathaway: I’d like to have a nursery on set.

Kaling: That might be a must.

Hathaway: Not just for the actresses, but for the crew. So people, especially women, don’t have to choose between pursuing their careers and [parenting].

Do you feel more pressure these days to speak about your politics?

Blanchett: At Cannes, because I was president of the jury, a lot of questions in the press conference were directed toward me. One journalist said how outspoken I was. I was like, Dude, you were asking me the f-cking questions. If a woman has an opinion she’s “forthright” or she “doesn’t take prisoners.”

Kaling: We’ve always had a responsibility that comes with any kind of platform, and it’s bullsh-t to say that you don’t accept that. I feel that as a woman, doubly so as a woman of color. I don’t love having to talk about my politics whenever I want to promote a movie or show.

If there were a blooper reel, what would be on it?

Kaling: A lot of Paulson.

Hathaway: Us cry-laughing around Sarah Paulson.

Kaling: She’s a very uninhibited, open-spirited person, and just so funny.

Hathaway: Also a lot of Helena [Bonham Carter] trying to ground us in the scene we just came from.

Blanchett: For some reason, her character was Irish.

Kaling: It took me a long time to realize that Helena was not Irish.

Any hopes for a sequel?

Hathaway: I want us to go all over Europe. Because the boys got to go to Rome and Lake Como.

Blanchett: I’d like to do Brazil, around Carnival.

Hathaway: O.K., I withdraw my suggestion. A Carnival heist movie? Also Cate suggested that we should have RuPaul in it, and I think that would be great.


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Ocean’s 8 Press Conference and Premiere – Additional Pictures and Videos
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Jun 7, 2018

Ocean’s 8 Press Conference and Premiere – Additional Pictures and Videos

Hello Blanchetters! We have updated our gallery with hundreds new images, from the Ocean’s 8 Press Conference and the World Premiere. We need to thanks our fantastic partners at and at Brie Larson Archive, for the tremendous help in gathering all the pics, we love you girls! Enjoy!

Ocean’s 8 Press Conference

Candids Outside Ocean’s 8 World Premiere NY

Ocean’s 8 World Premiere NY – Arrivals

Ocean’s 8 World Premiere NY – After-party

Additional videos from the premiere


Ocean’s 8 – New Trailer + Interviews
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Jun 6, 2018

Ocean’s 8 – New Trailer + Interviews

Hello Blanchetters!

Yesterday we finally saw all of the cast together on the red carpet for the premier but the promotion for the movie has not stopped yet, we are getting more interviews. Enjoy!

New interview, photoshoot and outtakes
Posted on
Jun 5, 2018

New interview, photoshoot and outtakes

Hello Blanchetters. We are as busy as during Cannes, new contents every hour. USA Today released a new interview with Cate, Sandra e Sarah, along with a new photoshoot and a new still. We also added three outtakes from THR Cannes Portfolio, replacing the know shots with HQ ones. Enjoy!

‘Ocean’s 8’ co-stars talk about the all-female reboot, women in Hollywood and Me Too
NEW YORK – Sorry, Avengers: Infinity War. You’re not the most ambitious crossover event in history.

That would be Ocean’s 8 (in theaters Friday), which assembles an all-female team of Oscar winners and nominees (Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter), TV stars (Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling) and musicians (Rihanna, Awkwafina) for a sharp, stylish reboot of the Ocean’s heist franchise.

Bullock, 53, leads the pack as Debbie Ocean, sister of the late con man Danny (George Clooney), who steps out of jail and back into old habits with an elaborate plan to rob a $150 million diamond necklace from the ultra-exclusive Met Gala. Blanchett, 49, and Paulson, 43, co-star as Debbie’s former partners-in-crime Lou and Tammy, respectively, who go undercover and lend their skills to the high-stakes job.

USA TODAY sat down with the three actresses for a wide-ranging chat about their potentially groundbreaking new film, women in Hollywood and the Me Too movement.

Question: Before Ocean’s, what’s the last project you remember doing that had even a fraction of this number of women in lead roles?

Bullock: I did a film called Practical Magic and there were a lot of parts for women.

Paulson: I’ve been really lucky on American Horror Story because there are so many women — and women over 40.

Blanchett: Often you walk on set, and until the hair and makeup people come in, you’re the only woman. So the ratio is 1 to 45? To have more female crew members would be great, but it was so great to have a fantastic, huge female cast (in Ocean’s 8).

Q: How did the conversations on set compare with other films you’ve worked on with predominantly male co-stars?

Bullock: (For many years), there was a natural separation of the women in this business, whether we brought it on ourselves or whether it was thinking there’s only one job for 7,000 women. … I found myself very educated by this film and very empowered. I feel like I was given kernels of knowledge (by my co-stars) that I was like, “Wow, even at this point in my life, I’m still learning how to understand and navigate my career.”

Blanchett: There’s a real culture of fear instilled in women, that if you talk about failure, then you’re showing weakness. To work with other women who have (similar experiences) is great. You throw (your problems) in the middle and find a solution.

Q: Cate, you said a few years ago that whenever a female-led film succeeds at the box office, people are quick to call it “remarkable.” Do you feel there’s been progress or are we still having the same conversations?

Blanchett: I do honestly feel like it’s “Groundhog Day.” This film is a wonderful, fun romp and piece of entertainment. If this is being forced by the media to stand for all female-centric films, it’s an enormous pressure — it’s unsustainable. And (whether it succeeds or fails), it makes it difficult for other films with women at the center to sink or swim on their own merit.

Q: Laura Dern recently said that until Me Too, she didn’t realize her experiences with harassment were harassment. Have you similarly re-evaluated during this past year?

Paulson: I’ve had conditional thinking I’ve had to battle for myself that wasn’t sexual in nature, but was more to do with what I was willing to expect from the people around me, in terms of respect or where my voice was allowed to be used. Some of it was self-generated, so that for me has sort of stopped in the last year.

Blanchett: When I first entered the film industry, I thought, “That’s just the way the industry is.” You’d do an interview and they’d go, “Wow, you don’t suffer fools.” And you went, “You asked me a question and I answered it.” And so you’d be talked about in a certain way, and you’d go, “OK, maybe I won’t proffer my opinion.” Or you’d go into an audition and think, “Oh, I think I’m meant to flirt here.” And if you didn’t flirt, then you wouldn’t get the job. So for me, it took a little while to find directors in the film industry who knew what to do with me.

Q: Half the fun of this movie is seeing if and how your characters will pull off the heist. Growing up, what’s something that you got away with?

Blanchett: I used to go around to people’s houses on a dare and pretend that I’d lost my dog. (One time), I was pretending to cry, and the family gave me a hug and a cookie.

Paulson: It’s like “early-onset very serious actress.” I’d go up to shopping counters and ask questions in funny accents, like English and Australian. I also pretended to be blind. I was 13.

Bullock: I used to dig up weeds from my parents’ backyard, re-pot them, and sold them to our neighbors. I was entrepreneurial.

Q: If you could cast any woman in an Ocean’s 9 sequel, who would it be?

Paulson: Emma Thompson.

Blanchett: Jane Fonda.

Bullock: Charo. I think Charo needs to have a moment back on the silver screen.

Q: What film would you like to reboot or remake with your Ocean’s co-stars?

Bullock: Das Boot. All of us stuck on a boat would be fun.

Paulson: 12 Angry Men, but I don’t like the idea of 12 Angry Women. But it’s got 12 parts, so maybe just 12 women working together really hard to try and come up with solutions.


Ocean’s 8 – New press junket interviews and a promotional video
Posted on
Jun 5, 2018

Ocean’s 8 – New press junket interviews and a promotional video

Hello Blanchetters. This is a busy, busy day. More posts are coming after this one as news keep popping out. Let’s start with some press junket interviews. Enjoy!


New promotional video

New Ocean’s 8 Interviews
Posted on
Jun 5, 2018

New Ocean’s 8 Interviews

Hello Blanchetters!

We are heading to the busiest days of the Ocean’s 8 promotion; Cate on Kelly and Ryan + red carpet are tomorrow but before that, we have a compilation of today’s interviews. Without further comments, here they are. Enjoy!



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The Ocean’s 8 Cast Kindly Requests You Stop Asking This Question

How should we describe Ocean’s 8? Is it a heist movie? An Ocean’s movie? The movie where Rihanna plays a hacker? The movie with as many celebrity cameos as can fit inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art? The movie that will singlehandedly bring back fabulous leopard coats?
The answer is that it’s all of those things. And yet, can we really talk about the new installment of the Ocean’s franchise (don’t call it a reboot) without mentioning its all-women cast?
Of course, that’s how it was first embedded in our collective imaginations. The film was announced in 2015 with headlines touting it as an “all-female Ocean’s Eleven starring Sandra Bullock.”
Still, I’ve never thought of Ocean’s Eleven as a “guy movie” — if anything, it’s a movie in which Brad Pitt sports impressively colorful silk shirts and eats constantly — but that’s probably because male-led movies are the default. Ocean’s 8’s all-female cast is remarkable mainly because it’s not male. But does ignoring that (sadly, still) revolutionary aspect somehow reduce this to just another heist movie? But how could it be? It has Sandra Bullock, and Cate Blanchett, and Rihanna, and Anne Hathaway, and Sarah Paulson, and Mindy Kaling, and Helena Bonham Carter, and Awkwafina!
It’s tricky: On the one hand, a movie starring a cast of A-list women carrying a plot that doesn’t revolve around a man or a feud is still rare enough as to be worthy of distinction. And yet, how do we keep the conversation moving forward so that the next time this happens, we can look past the initial awe-factor and talk about substance? How do we not get stuck in a vicious cycle of only framing the conversation around how astounding and amazing it is to have women carry a huge summer blockbuster all on their own?
As a woman who covers movies for a publication geared towards elevating women’s voices and stories, it’s a question that I think about a lot. And so, during an interview held during the Ocean’s 8 press junket ahead of the film’s June 8 release, I asked Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock and Awkwafina to weigh in.
Refinery29: During the press conference [held last week at the Metropolitan Museum of Art], you said that you honestly thought this movie would never happen. Was that because you never thought that they could get all those names together, or because you didn’t think there would be interest in a movie with eight female leads?
Sandra Bullock: “In order to get something greenlit, all the elements have to be there. It’s a chess match, and I didn’t think in a million years that it would work. And it was a while before it did happen, too. It was a long silence. And once you get everyone, you’re playing chess with everyone’s schedules.
The reason I ask is that this film coming out at a time where an all-female Ocean’s movie feels not only relevant, but also almost self-evident. But that wasn’t the case when it was first announced, back in 2015.
Cate Blanchett: “I hope that we don’t have to have these conversations anymore. I am really done with talking about how amazing it is that we’ve got an all-female cast. Because in the end, it’s a heist movie, and you don’t want this sort of political climate on a human issue to eclipse the fact that this is just a fun film. The timing is actually completely coincidental. Fantastic, wonderful, but completely coincidental.”
S.B.: “And there’s been groups of women making movies. I did one, [Practical Magic], about witches! There were a lot of us, and a lot of hair!”
Akwafina: “I can sing the whole soundtrack of that movie.”
C.B.: “Please don’t, we have other things to talk about.”
S.B.: “But it’s been going on. Not as frequently as we would like, although I think it will be more frequent.”
Awkwafina: “I hope we can live in a world where it’s not special, where it can just be a movie.”
I think the reason it matters is that it’s refreshing to see movie about a group of women that’s not just about them feuding.
Awkwafina: “Or fighting over a man…”
S.B.: “We’re having fun, and we’re getting along, and we care about each other. Maybe that’s the difference.”
And supporting each other!
Awkwafina: “And it shows, too, on camera.”
C.B.: “But also, I think that the media needs to start talking about this stuff differently. I feel like that might be beginning to change, perhaps with female journalists, because women have been collaborating in the film industry for quite some time, even though the industry is trying to separate us, and silo us. But it’s also the way it’s talked about. And the pressure that’s put on female movies, or that they’re even called female movies.”
Awkwafina: “I agree. There’s this narrative that’s formed around these kinds of movies. As actors, we go into them as a ‘movie,’ and then we read about it, and there’s this whole other way of introducing it.”
Speaking of how the media’s been covering this movie, are you tired of being asked if you’re all friends?
Cate: “Yeah.”
Sandra: “Yeah.”
Awkwafina: “I’m tired of being asked to rank my castmates. I’m sick of Cate Blanchett, man.”
Cate: “To be honest, it’s mutual.”
Because there’s subtext there, right? It implies that eight women could never be on set together and get along.
C.B.: “That’s what I mean about the media. That’s a construct.”
Awkwafina: “Also, I don’t know about you guys, but on the movies I’ve done, I’ve never fought. You know what I mean? That just doesn’t really exist on movie sets — I guess, I don’t know.
Sandra: “Sure, it does.”
Awkwafina: “But not on our set! I think it’s possible. It’s possible to be friends, It’s possible to empower each other, as opposed to compete with each other. It’s possible to just get along. And it shows.
When I interviewed Kay Cannon, who directed Blockers, she said that as one of three female directors to helm a studio film in 2018, she felt this incredible pressure that the movie be received well, because otherwise she would feel like she had let down all women.
C.B.: “Or, that she may never get to make another movie. I mean, that’s happened in the past. Even though like, how many men have made some doozies? And then they get twice the budget the next time they go back in!”
What do you think has been missing from the conversation about this movie?
S.B.: “That it’s a tentpole, fun, entertaining, funny ride, that’s supposed to give you release, and has a fantasy element…”
Awkwafina: “Plus, sexual satisfaction.”
S.B.: “A LOT of sexual tension, which will leave you sufficiently bothered, so you’ll go home and do what you need to do.”
Awkwafina: “And not to say that female movies can’t exist without being political, but I just think this specific one…it’s just a movie. I think it fits really well with the other movies that came before it.”
C.B.: “I think political films end up being agitprop.”
S.B.: “Another good word!”
C.B. “If you’re trying to tell your audience what to think, I think you’re patronizing your audience. And I think the way a film is consumed and dissected, can become political. But the act of making the work — this is certainly not a political film. But somehow, because we’re all female it becomes political.”
S.B. “And hopefully it’ll be successful. When you get down to it, the only way we get to make movies is by making someone some money. If this film doesn’t perform, then it’ll be another political statement. I don’t want that. What would be nice is that if this works, it works because it was a good movie, and that people forget that it was a group of eight women. And then maybe this group of eight women will take on a ninth person, and we’ll be able to do it again. But it all depends on how it performs.”
C.B.: “I’m remarking on how much remarkability there is about the nature of the women in this movie, and that somehow it needs to stand for all women. Like, if it does okay, then that’s okay. It doesn’t mean that it was a bad movie. L’Avventura, when it came out at the box office, it was panned. There are so many amazing classic films over the course of cinema history, that when they were released, they were not accepted, nor were they understood. And it’s only in retrospect…”
Awkwafina: “I mean, look at The Room.”
C.B.: “Not that I’m comparing this to L’Avventura, but I’m saying that box office isn’t the only measure of a film’s merit. There are so many ways you can consume a film. I do hope people aren’t going to watch it on their mobile phone, but…”
Awkwafina: “Well, I will. That’s the only way I watch something. But yeah, women in cinema should not be dependent on this movie, and the same with Crazy Rich Asians [which Awkwafina will star in later this summer] — Asian Americans in movies shouldn’t be dependent on the success of that.
C.B.: “It’s not going to be the only one ever made.”
Awkwafina: “Right. That’s just not how you should measure diversity in film.”
And no one sees a bad movie with a male lead, and goes: ‘That’s it, we’re never making a movie about men again!’
Awkwafina: “Man movies suck!! [Gesturing at a crewmember behind us] That sound guy sucks!! No, sorry you’ve been great.”


Ocean’s 8 – Press, press, press!!
Posted on
Jun 2, 2018

Ocean’s 8 – Press, press, press!!

Hello Blanchetters!!
We have a lot of new contents to share with you all. As you can see the updates are slowing down a bit, but they are more rich. The amount of work is simply too much to post more frequently, but, hey, it’s promotion time, and we love it!

Let’s start with some recent magazine scans, without any new interviews, but a lot of lovely pics:

New photoshoot for Madame Le Figaro, shot in Cannes. Photo by Damon Baker

And now, Ocean’s 8 press junket. Enjoy!

The Associated Press interviews have a different editing from Twitter to Youtube, we have added them all.

The cast of Ocean’s Eight supports the Moments Worth Paying For Campaing promoted by The Industry Trust. Read more here


New promotional video!

From the video interviews to the written words

Cate Blanchett on ‘Ocean’s 8’: I have hit the jackpot

LOS ANGELES—Cate Blanchett, striking in a bright yellow pantsuit, gold heels and the reddest lipstick, walked into a hotel meeting room in Manhattan looking like she owned the world.

“No, I think Viacom and Google own the world,” she quipped.

The Aussie, who recently headed the Cannes Film Festival jury, is one of the few actresses in contemporary cinema who evokes true glamour and the magnetism of the stars of Hollywood’s golden age.

Asked how she does it—consistently among the stunners on the red carpet—Cate cracks, “Oh it’s easy. I wake up and look like that. No hair and makeup people. I do it all myself (laughs). What is great is that I have had a long creative relationship with a lot of designers, Mr. Armani being one of them. When I got my first check from my very first job, I bought an on-sale Armani suit which I still have.”

But this afternoon, the Time’s Up cofounder was wearing Stella McCartney. “What I really wanted to do in Cannes was wear all-female designers. It’s great to wear young, emerging female designers when you have that platform. Being a woman who has a brain doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t like dressing up. I do it for a living (laughs).”

In “Ocean’s 8,” Cate and Sandra Bullock play Lou and Debbie, respectively—who are partners in crime pulling off an elaborate heist at New York’s fabulous Met Gala.

The goal is a $150-million Cartier necklace worn by an actress, Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway). Also in the cast are Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina and Rihanna.

Cate and her husband, playwright and screenwriter Andrew Upton, their three biological sons and one adopted daughter live in the UK.

Excerpts from the interview:

Would you make a good thief? If you could steal anything, what would it be? Oh gosh. Awkwafina or Nora (Lum) said this funny thing, “I am going to steal the narrative!” So I am with her. I would make a terrible thief. I have such guilt and shame about so much stuff. But my thing is that I go to the supermarket and that is when I want to start stealing stuff—apples, oranges, chocolate bars, cocoa powder, Altoids and little things like that.

If someone gave you a $150-million Cartier necklace, what would you do with it? I would cut it up and divide it between the have-nots in this world.

This movie shows the friendship between these women. Did you know most of your costars before this movie? How did you make the less experienced actors feel confident? Everyone felt like they were at the top of their game. Nora has such incredible energy, as does Rihanna even though they may have necessarily not made as many movies. Mindy is an extraordinary writer and problem solver and an amazing listener. I have met Sandy (Sandra Bullock) and Annie (Anne Hathaway) before. I worked with Sarah before.

Everyone else was new. So there was a sense of everyone sniffing each other out, which happens in the film. But it really only took a couple of days and then we were starting to get into the rhythm.

What was it like working with Rihanna? She is one of the most fluid, easy, relaxed and natural performers that I have ever seen. And those eyes. You just look at her and your jaw would drop.

When did you feel like you hit the jackpot in your professional life? I remember when I was cast years ago in a play right out of drama school called “Oleanna” by David Mamet, opposite Geoffrey Rush at the Sydney Theatre Company. I wept when I got the job. I thought it doesn’t get any better than this and it’s going to be all downhill from here.

Early on in my career, I took on roles that actresses turned down because they were girlfriend roles. I tried to subvert that cliché and find something fresh in them, so I try to make an opportunity out of whatever.

But yeah, I feel, particularly with this film, look at them (looks at the all-women cast in the poster beside her), that’s a f***ing jackpot right there (laughs). That doesn’t happen often and it’s rare.

We made the film awhile back. And even in the last 18 months, two years, the landscape has changed enormously. It still felt like an anomaly. There are so many female-centric films being made, on development slates at the moment, that I think there is going to be an explosion.

We had a fan screening and we popped in and it was a really diverse mix in the audience. There were men and women of all ages, shapes, sizes and nationalities. This is not a niche film. It’s a great, funny, entertaining tentpole movie. So I feel like I have hit the jackpot.

And when did you hit the jackpot, personally? Meeting my husband (Andrew Upton). And, as a result, my family.

How did the addition of a girl change the family dynamics? How did your three boys adjust to having a sister? I wasn’t a girl who grew up thinking I would love to have kids. But then, I met my husband and we had a child. We talked about adopting after our first child. Then we had another child and talked about adopting again (laughs).

So it wasn’t about having a little girl. When we adopted, we felt like we had space in our lives. I am so proud of my three boys for the way they have welcomed her into their lives. She is wise beyond her years but she is only 3 years old.

You have been at the forefront of the Time’s Up movement. What are your hopes in how this movement will change Hollywood? There is no forefront to this movement. It’s a nonhierarchal inclusive movement that is rolling like a massive rolling stone, bigger than any of the individuals involved. I am in a very public industry, and when one stands up and says anything outside one’s lane, outside the lane of what you are wearing, you are open to criticism.

I feel that it’s upon us to make the seismic changes we need to make in our industry. So that those changes can happen in other, less visible industries. Because there is not an industry I can think of where there is equal pay for equal work, or where abuse as a power doesn’t exist, for men and for women. So equality is not a political issue—it’s a human issue.

How much did you enjoy being the president of the Cannes Film Festival jury? It was one of the great privileges of my life. It was one of the happiest and most fascinating experiences I have ever had. It was a privilege and a huge responsibility, but it’s a democratic process. When you are in a great position of leadership, one of the strongest skills you can have is to listen.


Ocean’s 8 New Interviews
Posted on
Jun 1, 2018

Ocean’s 8 New Interviews

Hello Blanchetters!

We are in Ocean’s 8 promotion season and that could only mean one thing: new content! We have been so lucky to have new daily interviews and you can expect more the next week. This time we have four new ones. Enjoy!



Cate Blanchett: Embodiment of strong women in film industry

Admired for her poise, especially on the red carpet, and acclaimed by critics and film buffs alike, actress Cate Blanchett is a strong woman who takes a firm stance on the social and economic matters of women

A gifted performer who developed her talent at a young age, Cate Blanchett has grown into an exceptional actress who has achieved international acclaim with her stunning Oscar-nominated turn as young Elizabeth I in Shekhar Kapur’s “Elizabeth” (1998). Prior to that role, the engaging Australian found herself thrust in the spotlight with her third feature, “Oscar and Lucinda” (1997), starring with Ralph Fiennes. As the headstrong proto-feminist heiress whose penchant for gambling drew her to a clergyman with the same predilections, Blanchett delivered a stunning performance that garnered the attention of filmdom’s most esteemed directors in “Ocean’s 8.” Alluring yet elusive and possessing an innate intelligence coupled with malleable features – she sometimes seemed plain, but beautiful, often in the same shot – the actress quickly rose to international fame to become one of Hollywood’s most respected and revered talents.

DAILY SABAH: While watching “Ocean 8,” I kept wondering who decided on the number eight? Why not seven, nine or 10?

CATE BLANCHETT: I don’t know. Guess it was Olivia Milch, the writer of the screenplay, who put out the pattern. I have no complaint with that. “Ocean’s Twelve,” they have done that already, haven’t they? “Ocean’s 8” is better than “Ocean’s 4.”

DS: In “Ocean 8,” you plan on robbing the Met Gala. Would you make a good thief? And if you would steal anything, what would you steal?

BLANCHETT: Oh gosh! I would make a terrible thief. I have such guilt and shame about so much stuff. But my thing is that I go to the supermarket and that is when I want to start stealing stuff. It is apples and oranges and chocolate bars and cocoa powder and Altoids and little things like that. But I don’t, I’m deeply, deeply honest; I’m an actor (laughs).

DS: How was it working with Rihanna and how do you see her upcoming acting career?

BLANCHETT: I think she’s doing fine. It was great, she had her acting coach there. But she’s one of the most fluid, easy, relaxed and natural performers that I’ve ever seen. And those eyes, I mean those eyes, you just look at her and your jaw would drop. So it was great.

DS: You were the leader of this amazing group of women who acted in the film. So I would like to ask you about leadership as you were just in the Cannes jury. Did you enjoy the job?

It was one of the greatest privileges of my life. I don’t know if you should ask me if I’m a good leader or not, it’s probably for the members of the jury. But it was one of the happiest and most fascinating experiences I have ever had. It was a privilege and a huge responsibility, but it’s a democratic process. I think when you are in a great position of leadership, I think one of the strongest skills you can have is deep time listening. If you try to canvas everyone’s opinion and make sure that everyone is heard, in the result of everyone’s opinion on the jury is reflected. Khadja Nin, who was on the jury with me, said really wisely early on that we’re not here to judge, we are here to choose. And that was a painful process. So, sometimes when you are in the leadership position, it’s painful and a pickle. But it’s a privilege and not one that I took lightly.

DS: Are you a strong leader or a do you compromise?

Part of being a strong leader is compromise. And I think part of being in a creative life, if you don’t have to make compromises, sometimes the results aren’t so good. Sometimes the best creative moments come out of compromise.

DS: I always like to watch you on the red carpet because you own the world. How do you go about looking like that on the red carpet?

It’s easy, I wake up and look like that. No hair and makeup, I do it all myself (laughs). What was great I have had a long creative relationship with a lot of designers, Mr. [Giorgio] Armani being one of them. I have probably said this fact a hundred times, my first check from my very first job, I bought an on-sale Armani suit which I still have. But what I really wanted to do in Cannes was wear all female designers. And I have worked in the theater and my sister is a designer, a theater designer, and of my best friends is a costume designer for theater and I love costumes. So, I love collaborating with designers and with Elizabeth Stuart, who is my longtime friend and stylist, and it’s great. It is great to wear young emerging female designers when you have that platform. Being a woman who has a brain doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t like dressing up. I do it for a living.

DS: You have been at the forefront of the Time’s Up movement. What are your hopes and expectations in how this movement will change Hollywood?

First and foremost, there is no forefront to this movement. It’s a non-hierarchical inclusive movement that is rolling like a massive rolling stone, bigger than any of the individuals involved. I am in a very public industry, and when one stands up and says anything about anything outside one’s lane, outside the lane of what you are wearing, you are open to criticism. But I think it’s really important that if you have a platform as an industry as we do, artists are always moving into places first and they are the first people to buy up real estate in areas that no one wants to live in, and it’s the same in the intellectual or political landscape and social landscape. But I feel that it’s upon us to make the changes, the seismic changes we need to make in our industry, so that those changes can happen in other industries and less visible industries. Because there is not an industry I can think of where there is equal pay for equal work, or abuse as a power doesn’t exist, for men and for women. And so equality is not a political issue, it’s a humanitarian issue.

DS: I think in an interview you did before the Cannes Film Festival, you talked about a role you didn’t take because there wasn’t equal pay. Was that recent?

Relatively recently, yes. It happens all the time. Change is not going to happen overnight. I don’t think women have to be patient, but we certainly have to know that profound changes, and sometimes it happens in a sweep, but lasting change, these things have to be set in stone. We just have to know that we are making progress, but it’s not going to happen tomorrow. But I think it’s important that in any industry where a woman is doing the same job as a man that they get enumerated equally, and it’s not about greed. I have worked on films where I have been paid $10,000 and I have had to put that $10,000 right back into the film, because the film was about to fall over. I didn’t get into the industry to make money, but if my co-stars are doing what I am, then I don’t see why I shouldn’t be paid the same.


Ocean’s 8: New Still, TVC and Interview
Posted on
May 31, 2018

Ocean’s 8: New Still, TVC and Interview

Hi everyone!

As the release date for Ocean’s 8 approaches, more content is being released. Here are some updates featuring Cate Blanchett. Enjoy!

New Still

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