Maggie Gyllenhaal Was Told She Was Too Old to Play a 55-Year-Old's Love Interest
It's Hollywood sexism and ageism at its best.
If you thought Hollywood was making great strides in offering more opportunities for female actresses, think again. In a new interview with The Wrap, Maggie Gyllenhaal explains how she was passed up for a role because she was too old to play the love interest of a 55-year-old man. Gyllenhaal is 37.
“There are things that are really disappointing about being an actress in Hollywood that surprise me all the time,” the actress revealed. “I’m 37 and I was told recently I was too old to play the lover of a man who was 55. It was astonishing to me. It made me feel bad, and then it made feel angry, and then it made me laugh.”
Wow, her experience definitely gives a whole new meaning to Amy Schumer's "Last F**kable Day" sketch. In the clip, Julia Louis-Dreyfus nonchalantly proclaims: "In every actress’s life, the media decides when you finally reach the point where you’re not believably f**kable anymore."
As Hollywood comes under increasing scrutiny for its lack of leading roles for women and is called out more and more for its blatant sexism, instances like this are truly a damn shame. Perhaps, if anything, this form of ageism sheds light on why why actresses like Rebel Wilson are so willing to lie about their age.