Although it's likely that male actors probably wouldn't even blink an eye at the prospect of being apart of an all-male cast, for actresses however, this opportunity is still a rare opportunity, something that the Ocean's 8 star Sandra Bullock views as being a complete load of bull****.
How is it, that in the 21st century, women have only just been rendered worthy enough of holding their own in a Hollywood production?
It's about time that women are rendered fit enough to take the floor solo.
When Bullock spoke to People magazine, she was asked about how she felt working alongside the all-female cast: Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Helena Bonham Carter, Awkwafina, Sandra Bullock, and no other than "bad gal ri ri", Rihanna.
She didn't beat around the bush:
"It felt like it was a long time coming. Too long if you ask me — which you did — but I’m just so grateful that it happened. It felt like we had all been kept in solitary confinement from each other. Kind of like an ‘actress quarantine’ and when we all found ourselves like sardines in the trailer that first day, it was like the dam burst and we all made up for lost time."
Finally, Hollywood has created an occasion wherein big-time actresses are able to enjoy each others company on a single set.
The plot of Ocean's 8 will follow Debbie Ocean's tale, Danny Ocean's sister from the first Ocean's 11. She brings a group of rock star professionals together to steal a Met Gala $150 million necklace.
It's powerful for the public to have the awareness that, in the production of the movie, behind-the-scenes, women have been supporting women.
Bullock could hardly contain how special she thought it was to work beside such an incredible cast. She said, "I saw a group of women support each other in the most humbling way. Everyone wanting the other to ‘have their moment,’
Typically, the press have tried to twist this companionship:
"Early on in the shoot we started reading stories that we were at each other’s throats, but the opposite was true. A lot of film was wasted on laughing fits that usually resulted in makeup having to be redone and a little snot being removed."
A huge influence on sexism in Hollywood, Anne Hathaway has shot down the tabloid media for trying to "conjure up" feuds between the stars of the all-female Ocean's Eight film.
She said to Digital Spy, "Everybody got along so well, from the first day there was such professionalism and by the end there was friendship, and it's really made me feel very sad that certain aspects of the media have tried to conjure up stories about how we don't get along."
The winner of multiple Oscars is additionally embittered about what she, and what we can clearly see as sexism in the media since casts that are all-male never have to handle rumours such as these.
Will the media's double-standards ever end?
Anne stated further, "It's nonsense and it's demeaning to everyone, to half of the world, it's come up (in the press) for a few of us and I'm over it, I'm so over it. Stop it. Stop trying to reduce our gender to a caricature, you know?"
Kailing expressed just as much praise towards the experience of being apart of an all-female cast. She stated, “I looked forward to coming to work every day because I was bubbling over with questions, with that many accomplished and cool women, there wasn’t enough time in the day to get to know every one as much as I wanted."
It's exciting to see the generic cast balance, or pro-male tendencies, being overturned.
We just hope that the mass media will begin to get some sense, and celebrate what is a benchmark in women in film's history.