Maggie Gyllenhaal is only 37, but in Hollywood years is this too old to be the sexy co-star of a man 55? She recently shared an encounter that she had with a producer during an interview. She was amazed that she was turned down for a role because of her age, according to CNN News on May 22.
It is not as if Gyllenhaal was turned down for a role playing a high school kid that would have been a stretch at 37. She was turned down for a role of the girlfriend of a 55-year-old man. According to Today, while Maggie did get down about this at first, she didn’t let it keep her down. She joined other female Hollywood greats who have voiced their opinion on this ludicrous mindset that 40 is the new senior citizen in Hollywood for women.
She is 18 years younger than the man who would have been her co-star love interest. Why would Maggie Gyllenhaal be considered too old to play the role of a 55-year-old man’s lover?
She’s not too old, but in Hollywood there’s some fascination with coupling young actresses with older men. Unfortunately this is some kind of cosmic disorder that the women who work in the film industry are subjected too. More and more actresses are finding that once you hit 40, that’s basically the end of leading roles being offered.
Once you hit 40-years-old, it seems as if you are offered the role of someone’s mother, aunt, neighbor, teacher or any other woman character besides that sexy love interest that usually constitutes a starring role. At 40 you are more apt to play the mother of a 20-year-old daughter who is dating a 40-year-old than being considered for the girlfriend role yourself.
Cate Blanchett took to the Oscar stage last year and used her time to call out Hollywood. At 46 she had something to say about how Hollywood treats women. Blanchett said, “Those of us in the industry who are still foolishly clinging to the idea that female films with women at the center are niche experiences,” said the actress, now 46. They are not. Audiences want to see them, and in fact, they earn money. The world is round, people.”
Comedian Sarah Silverman voiced her opinion on this horrific trend that old age sets in around 40 for actresses in Hollywood. She said, “As soon as a woman gets to an age where she has opinions and she’s vital and she’s strong, she’s systematically shamed into hiding under a rock.”
Madonna, 57, went even further with the age thing in Hollywood during an interview. She is furious that her age is constantly ridiculed and she doesn’t understand why people consider this socially acceptable. She said:
“”No one would dare to say a degrading remark about being black or dare to say a degrading remark on Instagram about someone being gay,” she said. “But my age — anybody and everybody would say something degrading to me. And I always think to myself why is that accepted? What’s the difference between that and racism or any discrimination? They’re judging me by my age. I don’t understand. I’m trying to get my head around it.”
Patricia Arquette is 47 and her gripe was with gender equality when she took to the stage at the Academy Awards to accept her award for “Best Supporting Actress.” She said: “To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America.”
As far as Maggie Gyllenhaal’s reaction to being told she is too old to play opposite a 55-year-old man as his love interest, she was first stunned at the rejection. She then got angry and later she laughed. Maggie is just the latest woman to find Hollywood getting smaller and smaller for women rounding 40.