Anne Hathaway reveals that she and her “Ocean’s 8” co-stars got on like a house on fire while filming the upcoming heist movie.
The Academy Award-winning actress spoke to “NBC Today”‘s Hoda Kotb on Thursday (May 31) about working with the star-studded all-female ensemble that includes the likes of Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Mindy Kaling, Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Paulson and Rihanna.
“Oh, man! It was incredible. I didn’t want to miss a minute of it,” Hathaway said. “Normally, if I work with people I’ve admired — like these women — in the past, I’ve felt like, ‘Oh, I don’t want to annoy anybody. I don’t want to make too much of a fuss. I don’t want to make the wrong impression.’
“And this one I was like, I want to look at the view! I want to enjoy it… I don’t want to miss a minute of this one.’ And so I was just like, ‘What if you, I don’t know, could be friends with them? What if you are enough today?’ And I let it be that.”
Kotb said that some people might look at all these strong, powerful women coming together and expect egos and on-set clashes. However, Hathaway rubbished those claims, saying that certain members of the media want to see fights, a notion which Kotb agreed with.
“It’s been really amazing to watch the way certain members of the media have wanted us to fight each other and the way they wanted there to be competition and catfights, but we were all collaborating—all the time,” she told the “Today” show host.
“Now, we’re friends. We genuinely love each other and we’re so there for each other. It’s a beautiful thing. And that’s what female friendship is. That’s what it has been in my life, and I don’t know why I thought it couldn’t be that at work; I guess because I was fed this myth. But we all have had an experience that disproved it.”
In November 2016, Australian magazine Woman’s Day claimed that Hathaway was “rubbing [Blanchett] the wrong way” while on set and that the pair had been “butting heads.” The tabloid also falsely reported that the two actresses had stopped speaking to each other after exchanging “a few angry words.”
A representative for Hathaway later told E! News that the report was “complete rubbish and totally false” and that “everyone on the film is having a blast with each other.”
The rep then stated that it was “so typical that a tabloid would pit females against each other. It’s sad. They don’t do this with men.”
“Ocean’s 8” is scheduled for theatre release on June 8.