Hollywood Now: Ocean’s 8, Plus Tony Noms for Schumer & Garfield

Anne Hathaway & Helena Bonham Carter
Anne Hathaway & Helena Bonham Carter. Credit: Warner Bros.

Hathaway & Bonham Carter Get into Character

Dripping in $150 million worth of Cartier diamonds at the star-studded Met Gala, Anne Hathaway plays actress Daphne Kruger, the meltdown-prone diva who’s the target of the heist caper in Ocean’s 8. Sandra Bullock plays the mastermind of a crew that includes Cate Blanchett, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna and Mindy Kaling among her henchwomen in the movie, opening June 8.

Hathaway (Les Misérables), who is not Jewish, married Jewish businessman Adam Schulman in a Jewish ceremony in September 2012, and their son Jonathan was born in March 2016. “It was so much fun becoming someone who occupies a world I know so well, but hopefully isn’t anything like me,” she says. “Daphne is a bit wild and over-the-top, and she’s a lot smarter than people realize.” She wears a hot pink strapless Valentino gown to the Met Gala, though in the plot it’s credited to designer Rose Weil, played by Helena Bonham Carter, who’s working with the thieves.

British-born Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech), who was also in Les Misérables) has Jewish ancestry on her maternal side—three of her mother’s grandparents were Jewish. Bonham Carter spent days in the costume department, taking sewing lessons and learning how to drape fabric properly for authenticity’s sake. She explains, “Even if Rose is no longer at the top of her game, she is actually a skilled designer. So I wanted to look as if I could make a frock.”

Bonham Carter will play Princess Margaret in the third season of Netflix’s The Crown. Hathaway will next star opposite Rebel Wilson as con artists trying to out-con each other in The Hustle, a remake of the 1988 comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (June 29). In October, she joins Matthew McConaughey and Diane Lane in the mystery thriller Serenity.

Schumer & Garfield’s Tony Noms

Amy Schumer and Andrew Garfield have something in common besides having interfaith backgrounds and Jewish fathers. They’re both nominated for Tony Awards for their Broadway stage performances in the plays Meteor Shower and the revival of Angels in America, respectively. Schumer, who was raised Jewish, is in an interfaith marriage herself since marrying chef Chris Fischer in February. Garfield, whose next movie is the mystery thriller Under the Silver Lake (June 22), is the odds-on favorite to win at the ceremony, which airs on CBS June 10.

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Alex Wolff Credit: A24

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Gerri Miller

Gerri Miller wrote and reported from Los Angeles about celebrities, entertainment and lifestyle for The Jewish Journal, The Nosher, Hadassah and others. A New York native, she spent a summer working at Kibbutz Giv’at Brenner in Israel and attended High Holy Day services at the Laugh Factory in West Hollywood every year.


Author: Gerri Miller