Sarah Paulson slams sexist Ocean’s 8 feuding rumours

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Sarah Paulson – aka the star of American Horror Story, The People v OJ Simpson, and more – has joined the cast of the all-female reboot of Ocean’s 11. Which means that, yes, she’s been working alongside the likes of Helena Bonham Carter, Rihanna, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett.

And, to answer a very dumb question, she’s absolutely not worried about them ‘feuding’ on set.

“I’ve never had anything like that happen on that set,” Paulson told The Wrap. “I don’t come from a world where I expect that […] I just think it’s sort of sad, really, that that would be the expectation.”

She continued: “I promise you it would not be like that if a bunch of boys would get together – ‘bro fights.’ I hate to support that narrative or that idea and it certainly couldn’t be further from the truth.”

Paulson finished by praising her co-stars, adding: “These women that [Ocean’s 8 director] Gary Ross has gathered together are some of the great women of the world and some of the greatest actors.

“Everyone is getting along like gangbusters, I can promise you that.”

It’s a long-perpetuated myth that women absolutely cannot get along when working together.

From the #girlpower Ghostbusters remake, to HBO’s Sex and the City, we’ve seen female casts dogged by catfight rumours for as long as we can remember; even as early as this year, Sarah Jessica Parker was forced to put rumours of a Kim Cattrall feud to bed.

“[Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, and Cattrall] were my sisters. These were people that I grew to love and admire,” SJP told Howard Stern.

“Was every day perfect? Were people always desperately, hopelessly in love with each other? No, but this is a family of people who needed each other, relied upon each other, and loved each other.”

She pointed out the sexist nature of the reports, adding: “This sort of narrative, this ongoing catfight, it really used to upset me for a very long time.”

Emily Blunt and Charlize Theron have also pointed out that they get on well with their female colleagues.

Speaking about the issue, Blunt said: “We were all talking one day, and Charlize [Theron] was like, 'Do you know what's funny is I think sometimes, whether it's the media or just society, [people] like to paint the picture that women sort of bitch about each other, and women are competitive and jealous and vying and watchful of each other.

“And she said, 'And you know, the only issues I've ever had on set have been with a dude.' And I would agree. The only time I feel like I've rolled my eyes at somebody I've been working with, it's been a guy.”

The Girl on the Train star added: “It's just been my experience that I've gotten along with every woman that I've worked with. I have not felt any preciousness or hierarchy or anything like that. I've just never had an issue!”

Images: Rex Features