The 34-year-old actress, who is mother to 11-month-old Jonathan with husband Adam Shulman, started filming the movie last November (16), when her son was just eight months old.
But Anne had few concerns over how she was going to manage both looking after Jonathan with shooting the film, as star Sandra made it clear she could bring the tot to the set.
“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,” Anne told Motto magazine. “On Ocean’s Eight, 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.”
Ocean’s Eight, an all-female reboot of the heist films, stars Anne and Sandra alongside Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna and Mindy Kaling, while Matt Damon, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning and James Corden are among the other names cast for the movie.
Anne is already preparing herself for the inevitable sexist comments Ocean’s Eight is sure to receive upon release, but has faith that co-stars Sandra and Cate can handle any rude remarks.
“In this movie there are eight women starring, so it may well attract that sort of attention. But good luck to any person who tries to take on Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett because you’re not going to win,” she laughed.
Anne was recently invited to become a United Nations (UN) ambassador, and spoke about the Family and Medical Leave Act at the organisation’s headquarters on International Women’s Day on Wednesday (08Mar17).
Explaining her reasons for signing up to be a UN ambassador, Anne told Time magazine it was son Jonathan who inspired her to take on the role.
“The United Nations reached out to me, and I was very interested. But it took us a while to figure out what my issue was going to be. Then life provided the answer: I got pregnant.
“A week after I had my son – I was still fired up on adrenaline – I had an epiphany: the mommy wars are bulls**t. They distract from the larger, institutional problem of parental leave. It was an issue that had always been abstract to me. Now it was real.”