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Anne Hathaway gets real about breastfeeding on the set of Ocean’s 8

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Anne Hathaway – who was still breastfeeding her son while filming Ocean’s 8 – has recalled how Sandra Bullock and co saved the day after a particularly long shoot.

In an interview with Today, the all-female cast of Ocean’s 8 gathered together to reminisce about their experience filming the blockbuster. And, while there were plenty of incredible moments to talk about, there was one in particular which stood out to Anne Hathaway.

The actress, whose son Jonathan was born in 2016, recalled that she was still breastfeeding when she began working on the heist movie – and, at first, was worried that she may not be supported in maintaining her nursing schedule.

Thankfully, Sandra Bullock, Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Awkwafina, Sarah Paulson and the rest of the cast wasted ero time in shutting those fears down.

“I was so happy because I was breastfeeding and I had that moment where I was like, ‘Is this going to be a positive environment to be able to do that in?’ “ shared Hathaway.

“But everybody was fantastic. They understood.”

Hathaway went on to explain that the cast even saved the day for her one day after a very long shoot.

“I remember there was one moment where we were shooting a little long, and I just kind of went, ‘Ughhh,’ and the girls were like ‘What’s wrong?’ And I said, ‘I’m sorry, I should have pumped an hour ago.’”

Hathaway added that Bullock and the cast didn’t miss a beat in making this fact known to the rest of the set, and immediately got her a much-needed pumping break.

“The girls just formed around me and they were like, ‘We need a break. Annie needs to go do this,’” she said.

“Who gets that? I mean, everybody should.”

Of course, this is not the first time that the actress has praised the Ocean’s 8 set for being such a positive environment for working mothers.

In fact, Hathaway previously told Motto magazine: “I only have one experience (of resources available to mums in Hollywood) so far, and it’s a movie that stars eight women, four of whom are mothers – which is definitely not the norm.

“On Ocean’s 8, kids were welcome on the set. (Before we started) I got an email from Sandra Bullock saying, ‘Hey, listen, we’re going to make this a really welcoming place for kids. I know you’re a brand-new mom, so don’t be afraid to bring your son. We love kids here.’ 

“Change is going to come, but it’s going to take people like her with the power to make change to demand it.”

Similarly, during an appearance on The Ellen Show, Hathaway recalled how working with such supportive members of the sisterhood helped her come to terms with her own insecurities around her body.

“One of the lucky things about being in this business for so long is that I’ve really kind of come to terms with the pressure that you get to look a certain way as an actress and I don’t beat myself up about any of that stuff anymore,” Hathaway explained. “But after I had my son, the weight was really slow to come off and so I was a different size than I normally am.”

She added: “I walked on the set, and, you know, my weight’s a little up and I’m just aware of it. And I walk on the set and I’m my jeans, and I’ve done my best and I’m going to love myself no matter what. And Sandy Bullock looks up and goes, ‘Looking good, mama!’ And it made me feel amazing!”

She continued: “Cate Blanchett’s like, ‘Nice jeans, Hathaway!’ And then Rihanna looks up and goes, ‘Damn girl, you got an ass!’ And I, of course, freaked out and loved it so much. I was like, ‘Really?!’ And she goes, ‘You got an ass like me!’”

Ocean’s 8 is out in UK cinemas on 18 June.

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Kayleigh Dray is editor of Stylist.co.uk, where she chases after rogue apostrophes and specialises in films, comic books, feminism and television. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends. 

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