The two-time Oscar winner has a cheeky response for why the female-led heist film has a smaller number in its title compared to the previous movies.
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Ocean’s 11 saw George Clooney and Brad Pitt leading a male-dominated caper crew, and the roster expanded in Ocean’s 12 and then 13. So, why are there only eight women in Ocean’s 8? “There’s only eight women working in Hollywood,” Cate Blanchett joked of the film’s title on The Late Show Friday.

The Oscar winner joins Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, Awkwafina, Helena Bonham Carter, and Rihanna in the film about a group of master thieves attempting to pull off a grand heist at the Met Gala in New York City. Blanchett mentioned Ocean’s 8 briefly when asked by Stephen Colbert at the tail end of their conversation, and the host cracked up over her comical but blunt answer.

“I’m glad you’re one of them,” Colbert remarked of Blanchett, who said she “just finished” filming the movie.

Elsewhere in the interview, Blanchett, who’s making her Broadway debut in The Present, had a unique take on the infamous Oscars flub.

“In Australia we have a wonderful, wonderful cultural industry, but often success is not rewarded,” she explained. “But here in this country, the wonderful thing about America is success is rewarded, but now I think in the last, since the inauguration, this notion of the cultural elite has really kind of got going. So, anyone who’s got a voice and success in the cultural industry is suddenly marginalized or considered their voice isn’t significant or worth being part of the popular parlance — and [the Oscars] kinda handed it to the administration on Sunday night, that bunch of duffers.”

“Oh, because they get to look like idiots,” Colbert responded, “and he [Trump] gets to point and go, ‘Hollywood sad.'”

“Yeah, ‘sad,’ which is such a profoundly interesting thing to say,” Blanchett said.

Watch her in the clip above.

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