‘Ocean’s 8’ Star Sarah Paulson Talks All-Female Reboot in a Post-‘Ghostbusters’ World

Earlier this year, director Paul Feig said he was once warned that women-heavy movie sets would spark “cat fights”

Sarah Paulson, currently shooting the anticipated all-female heist spinoff “Ocean’s 8,” will have none of your cat fight questions.

TheWrap caught up with the newly-minted Golden Globe nominee to discuss her nod for “The People v. O.J. Simpson” and broached the doubts and analysis that plagued last summer’s all-female “Ghostbusters” to see whether Paulson expected the same scrutiny and even suggestions of actress in-fighting.

“Not in the slightest. I’ve never had anything like that happen on that set, 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,’ Paulson said. “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.”

As Paul Feig promoted “Ghostbusters” in July alongside stars Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, he reflected on advice he was dispensed early in his career to avoid a women-heavy set.

“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,” Paulson said of co-stars Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Rihanna, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling and Nora Lum.

At the Produced By conference in June, Feig said his male colleagues once told him to expect “cat fights” if a film had more than one leading lady.

“I had some male producer say, ‘Oh boy, get ready. It’s going to be tough, you’re going to have cat fights,'” the director said.  “And I said, ‘Who the f— are you?’ It was the most wonderful experience I’ve had,” said the filmmaker, who has directed the female ensemble comedy “Bridesmaids” and the Bullock-McCarthy buddy comedy “The Heat.”

The three previous “Ocean’s” movies, starring Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Matt Damon, combined to make $426 million domestically and $1.1 billion worldwide. 2001’s “Ocean’s 11” was a remake of the 1960 film of the same name starring Rat Packers Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford.

“Ocean’s 8” will hit theaters on June 8, 2018.

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