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."