The actress has spoken out about losing a movie role because she was deemed “too old’ to play a 55-Year-old’s love interest.
It’s not exactly breaking news that Hollywood is rampant with sexism, but every so often we’re all brutally reminded that youth and beauty are all that matters when it comes to females on screen.
Award winning actress Maggie Gyllenhaal has recently spoken out about losing out on a film role because of her age.
“There are things that are really disappointing about being an actress in Hollywood that surprise me all the time,” she told The Wrap magazine “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 me feel angry, and then it made me laugh.”
According to The Wrap, Hollywood has come under severe scrutiny for the persistently low number of leading roles for women in the movies, and the ACLU recently requested that state and federal agencies investigate Hollywood studios, networks and talent agencies over gender discrimination.
The San Diego State University’s Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film found that there are fewer jobs available for leading actresses since female characters made up just 12 percent of protagonists in the top 100 domestic-grossing films of 2014. This figure is 3 percent below 2013’s study and 4 percent below the numberin 2002.
What do you think about Maggie Gyllenhaal’s experience?