Her costars had her back, speaking up when she needed to take a break from filming.
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If you're breastfeeding, you know that finding both the time and a place to pump (especially while working a 9-to-5) can be a struggle—and an unaccommodating workplace can make it even more challenging. So Anne Hathaway was understandably grateful for the support she received when she began filming Ocean's 8 just a few months after giving birth. In an interview with her costars with Today, the actress specifically talked about the experience of pumping while she was on set.
"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?'" she said in the interview. "Everybody was fantastic and they understood." (Related: Anne Hathaway Shut Down Body-Shamers Before They Even Took It There)
"I remember there was one moment where we were shooting a little long and I just kind of went 'uhhh,' and the girls were like, 'What's wrong?' and I'm like, 'I'm sorry, I should've pumped an hour ago.' And the girls formed around me and they were like, 'We need a break. We need a break, Annie needs to go do this.' And it was just like, who gets that? I mean everybody should, but..."
It's a big "but." While all women deserve to feel comfortable breastfeeding or pumping at work, it's often not a reality. That's why it's important for women like Hathaway to speak out so women who aren't on the set of a blockbuster film can be supported in the same way. (See another badass here: This Badass Australian Senator Just Became the First Woman to Breastfeed In Parliament)
And FWIW, during their Today interview, Sandra Bullock insisted that the women didn't clash on set or experience any "one-upmanship," and were a huge source of guidance and support to each other as mothers. "I felt very safe and I felt very protected," said Bullock. It wasn't the first time the lead actresses have made a point to shut down the sexist idea that a group of women (whether movie leads or otherwise) must equal catfights. Hathaway previously told the morning show that while members of the media had fished for a fighting narrative, the cast didn't have any beefs with each other. In fact, Mindy Kaling told Shape in the latest issue that the girl gang got along so well that they still text all the time.
Their chemistry seems to have paid off: Ocean's 8 has been killing it at the box office, surpassing all the other Ocean's movies in opening weekend earnings. How's that for girl power.