Hollywood says she's too old to play a 55-year-old man's lover. 55-year-olds respond, "Don't put words in our mouths."
Maggie Gyllenhaal. Just too damn old for a man 18 years her senior. (via Getty)
Maggie Gyllenhaal is a very talented actress who already has an impressive film career at the relatively young age of 37. However, she was turned down for a role playing the love interest of a 55-year-old man because she was "too old." What?
Gyllenhaal recently spoke with The Wrap Magazine about this instance of the gross sexism that still flows through Hollywood like the sludgy Los Angeles River.
“There are things that are really disappointing about being an actress in Hollywood that surprise me all the time. 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."
I guess you have to laugh to keep your head from exploding.
Gyllenhaal's story of Hollywood sexism is one of many that has popped up in the news recently, but it's also one of the most baffling. Making it about her age is basically saying that all 37-year-olds are too old to be attractive. Not that she is too old to play the character, or that her talent as an actor doesn't bring life to the character, but that she herself as a person is just on the wrong side of 30. Why would you even say something like that out loud, unless you were some Hollywood under-executive trying to hide every possible sign of aging?
Gyllenhaal, however, keeps a positive outlook about the future.
“A lot of actresses are doing incredible work right now, playing real women, complicated women. ... I don't feel despairing at all. And I'm more looking with hope for something fascinating."