Anne explained why she can’t really complain, however.
I can’t complain about it because I benefited from it. When I was in my early twenties, parts would be written for women in their fifties and I would get them. And now I’m in my early thirties and I’m like, ‘Why did that 24 year old get that part?’ I was that 24 year old once, I can’t be upset about it, it’s the way things are. All I can do right now is think that thankfully you have built up perhaps a little bit of cachet and can tell stories that interest you and if people go to see them you’ll be allowed to make more.”
Well, at least she appreciates the way things were, but I still think it’s CRAZY. Why is there this assumption that we only want to see women who are barely into adulthood on the screen? Don’t they realize that a significant portion of the population- the baby boomers- are becoming senior citizens?
Actress Emma Thompson has also spoken up about ageism in Hollywood.
The age thing is insane. It was ever thus. I remember saying years and years ago, when I was 35, that they’d have to exhume somebody to play my leading man … Nothing’s changed in that regard. If anything, it’s got worse. … I remember somebody saying to me that I was too old for Hugh Grant, who’s like a year younger than me, in ‘Sense and Sensibility’. I said, ‘Do you want to go take a flying leap?’”
CRAZY. Someone needs to give Hollywood a clue. Like, now.
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