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One of the main conversations surrounding Hollywood right now is proper inclusion and representation in the media. There has been a particular call for more female-centric stories with dynamic characters, although all-female remakes like Ghostbusters were met with massive pushback. Gary Ross' upcoming heist movie Ocean's 8 has been surprisingly free of controversy or hate about its female cast, partly because there are just so many A-listers attached. One of those is Sarah Paulson, who plays suburban mom and criminal Tammy. Paulson is mostly known for dramatic roles, given her performances in shows like American Horror Story and American Crime Story. It's for this reason that she's already pushing for Ocean's 9 to happen. I recently spoke to Paulson and the rest of the cast at the Ocean's 8 press conference in New York City, where I asked the actress if she enjoys flexing those comedic muscles for a change. She told me,
It was! It was indeed rare. It was not lost on me at all. I don't have a lot of fun at work. At least interpersonally. It's sometimes heavier stuff. This was a very nice space to hang out in for a while. I'd like to do more of it--- Ocean's 9!
While Sarah Paulson is definitely getting a ton of acclaim for her work in dramas, it seems that working on Ocean's 8 was a welcomed departure for the Emmy winner. Eager to have more fun days at work, it seems Paulson is already hoping that she and the rest of the cast could return for a potential sequel.
Sarah Paulson getting a bit ahead of herself, and is likely just putting out her intentions to the universe. After all, Ocean's 8 hasn't even hit theaters yet, and it's unclear how audiences will respond to the new heist flick. Some early screenings have premiered around the country, and the first reception has been fairly positive on social media. While potential sequels are always the big question during the promotion of blockbusters, it will take a strong box office return and some good reviews to get Ocean's 8 a sequel. Fingers crossed that Sarah Paulson gets her wish. Plus, who doesn't want to see that cast together in a bonafide franchise?
Aside from her small screen work, most of Paulson's movie credits have also been dramatic projects. She was viciously cruel in 12 Years a Slave, and also appeared in other Oscar nominated dramas Carol and The Post. Looking ahead, she'll once again star alongside Sandra Bullock in Netflix's upcoming apocalyptic horror movie Bird Box, as well as joining the all star cast of M. Night Shymalan's crossover sequel Glass. Plus she'll be once again returning for American Horror Story's mysterious eighth season on FX.
Ocean's 8 will arrive in theaters on June 8, 2018. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.