Cate Blanchett and Sandra Bullock are among the leading actors in the entertainment industry. The two incredibly talented actresses are known for their strong personalities and charismatic energy on the screen. The actresses were seen working together on George Clooney-led superhit Ocean franchise, but this time, all-female. They were seen together in the cast of the movie Ocean’s 8.
The Ocean’s Eleven spin-off was an all-female cast led by Sandra Bullock, who was seen as the sister of George Clooney’s character, Danny Ocean.
Cate Blanchett defends the all-women cast of Ocean’s 8
Marvel Cinematic Universe star Cate Blanchett shared in an interview with BBC News, about the experience of working with an all-women cast. The actress said,
“In my career, I’ve only ever made one other film with an all-female cast, and that was the first film I ever made, called Paradise Road. So this is a very rare occurrence.”
In a previous interview, film critic Rhianna Dillon shared about the film,
“They could’ve just done a fantastic heist movie with women, and not have anything to do with Ocean’s anything. It’s frustrating that they always seem to have to piggyback off a male franchise to make any headway.”
The host asked Blanchett the reason for doing a franchise and not a completely new film. To this, the Thor: Ragnarok star said, “Absolutely! Bring it on.”
The actress also defended the reason for doing Ocean’s 8,
“When someone has an idea they’re really passionate about, as [director] Gary Ross did, he saw Sandy [Bullock] at the center of this story, and I thought, ‘Wow, can that work? That’s got a lot of chutzpah that idea’.
And when he listed the women he wanted to put together, he was so passionate about it, you think, ‘Great, go and make that’. [The film] doesn’t say, ‘Only make extensions of franchises men have been in’. This film cannot stand for every single film.”
She further added,
“It’s when you have a cornucopia of female-driven narratives on screen that things are really healthy and exciting.”
The movie cast comprised Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, and Helena Bonham Carter.
Cate Blanchett’s opinion on women’s equality behind the camera
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button star shared in the interview that the gender split of the crew was very male-centered. Sandra Bullock added that very few roles like costume design are given to women.
Cate Blanchett added that she is personally monitoring the issue of women’s representation behind the camera. She said,
“I’ve been doing this thing on every film set I’ve been on in the last few years, and having stepped away to run a theatre company for 10 years, I’ve come back, and all those clapper loaders who were women, they’re not [camera] operating. They’re not lighting.
But all the clapper loaders who were men are operating and lighting. And so the career trajectory for the female members in the crew is [limited]… I’m very passionate about that.”
Cate Blanchett was last seen in the 2022 psychological drama, Tár and her upcoming movie The New Boy debuted at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival.