That Time Someone Told Maggie Gyllenhaal, 37, She Was Told to Play a 55-Year-Old Man’s Love Interest
Hollywood rears its ugly head once again.
Just almost a month since Amy Schumer’s now-viral “Last Fuckable Day” sketch aired on her Comedy Central show, in which the comedienne skewers the double standards of the movie and TV business, Maggie Gyllenhaal reaffirms to us all that the entertainment industry is still pretty ageist and sexist by detailing how she recently lost a role because she was “too old” to play the love interest of her much older male co-star.
“There are things that are really disappointing about being an actress in Hollywood that surprise me all the time,” she tells The Wrap. “I’m 37 and I was told recently I was too old to play the lover of a man who was 55.”
The Oscar-nominated star, who won a Golden Globe award for her performance in An Honourable Woman earlier this year, continues without going into specifics about the project, “It was astonishing to me. It made me feel bad, and then it made me feel angry, and then it made me laugh.”
Though the snub may leave a bad taste in most people’s mouths, Gyllenhaal prefers to look on the bright side, focusing on the great work that her fellow actresses are putting out there these days.
“A lot of actresses are doing incredible work right now, playing real women, complicated women,” she says. “I don’t feel despairing at all. And I’m more looking with hope for something fascinating.”
You go, girl.