At just 37, actress Maggie Gyllenhaal is most definitely not past her prime. Yet Gyllenhaal is apparently far too old to love a 55-year-old in a film role, as the talented star recently shared in a shocking interview. “The Honorable Woman” lead stated that she was passed over for a serious upcoming role with a romantic side because she was simply out of the necessary age bracket. The Business Insider reports this Saturday, May 23, 2015, that Maggie says she was both angry and amused at the response, and the entire incident has launched a heated discussion of sexism and ageism in today’s Hollywood scene.
Female inequality is a major matter today. Such issues might have all come to a head most recently following Patricia Arquette’s statements against gender inequality following her 2015 acceptance speech at the Academy Awards in film ceremony, but 37-year-old actress Maggie Gyllenhaal is bringing the controversial topic of discrimination over age back into the spotlight. Hollywood certainly isn’t known for its fairness to all, but the star says in being told she was too old to be cast in a sexual role opposite a 55-year-old man, there is a real problem that needs to be addressed. Gyllenhaal opened up on what happened during an interview earlier this year with 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,” “The Honorable Woman” actress said. She went on to discuss the range of emotions she felt after hearing the troubling and ultimately disheartening news. “It was astonishing to me. It made me feel bad, and then it made me feel angry, and then it made me laugh.”
Times are changing; can one be considered too old to date — let alone be a “lover” of — a 55-year-old at only age 37? The idea sounds preposterous enough. Maggie might have had a good chuckle out of the whole situation, but many other females (actresses especially) aren’t finding the case funny whatsoever. Many have said they have a very hard time landing any lead roles once they hit age 40, add insiders, and that much older male stars are allowed to date younger female love interests in popular films today, many of which could actually be their daughters in terms of age. Both ageism and sexism are very present, the source site states, even though such controversies like double standards in Hollywood are often swept under the public rug.
As stated in an article via CNN News, Maggie Gyllenhaal is testament herself to this inequality in the casting room and on the film set. When she was younger (not that much, mind you, but not yet an apparently “too old” 37), she has been in romantic roles alongside actors much older than herself, including Will Ferrell (a full 10 years’ difference in age) as well James Spader (nearly 20 years’ difference in age). Patricia Arquette is again perhaps the most recent star who has also spoken out against unfairness toward women in the ever-popular cinema history.
No man will bring her down. The 47-year-old made waves across pop culture and celebrity headlines back in February at the Academy Awards with her acceptance speech. She brought up the issue of wage equality and the need for women to be seen—and treated—as equals here in the US nation. “To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights,” said the talented actress at the podium, to fervent applause from the audience. “It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America.”
Do you think Maggie Gyllenhaal, 37, was indeed being slighted against for being “too old” to star as a romantic love interest for a 55-year-old actor on the silver screen? The stars are certainly being vocal in speaking out against female inequality in cinema and in the workplace. Please feel welcome to sound off with your input in the comments section below.