If you’ve ever heard the myth women don’t work well together, in Hollywood or otherwise, the Hustlers cast are here to dispel it once and for all.
Ahead of the movie’s big premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival Saturday night, cast members Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart and director Lorene Scafaria sat down with Twitter Women at their #SheInspiresMe event to chat about the highly anticipated film and the sisterhood on set.
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“Women get s–t done. Fast,” JLo quipped at the panel. “It’s like moms. It’s like having a whole bunch of moms in there.”
Starring some of the baddest boss women in the biz (including Cardi B and Lizzo who were not in attendance) the movie, directed and produced by women, tells the inspired-by-true-events story of a group of strippers who band together to lie, cheat and steal money out of their powerful male clients. After Scafaria’s three-year struggle to get the movie made, it ended up being shot in just 29 days this past March—a feat Lopez called “a miracle, in a sense.”
“It was about uplifting each other and making sure we met these deadlines,” explained Palmer. “It was a family.”
For most of the cast, working on male-dominated sets has been the norm.
“Being on the set with all women really just felt like a type of freedom to be myself,” explained Wu, relishing in the fact that she could comfortably ask any of her cast mates for a tampon without it being a big deal. “I think so often I’m in these situations where it’s primarily men and I feel like I either have to act like I’m one of the boys to get respect or I have to play cute and assuming to even stay in the room.”
When it came to making this movie, the cast of women didn’t just get along, they thrived together.
“We’re just as hardworking as anyone else or any man behind a camera,” said Reinhart. “It’s the same work ethic. We’re very much just champions for each other.”
Hustlers hits theatres September 13.