Charlize Theron Calls Out Ageism in Hollywood: The Way We Look Is Not the Most Important Thing
For decades, the stigma, whether accurate or not, is that an actress’s career is in jeopardy when they hit their 30th birthday. Well, Charlize Theron not only doesn’t feel it’s true, but she’s also is sick and tired of the value assigned to a woman’s looks and seemingly nothing else. The Oscar-winner spoke with Vanity Fair Italy about aging in Hollywood and the damage caused by the objectification of her sex.
“The time has come for women to realize that the way we look outside is not the most important thing and it’s not true we are worth less when we age,” she said, via Daily Mail.
Theron went on to share that although it’s a commonly held belief that actresses find less work as they get older, that has not been her experience.
“Now that I’m 41 I work much more than 20 years ago, and I enjoy it even more. And all the women I know say the same thing, so it’s time to stop this cliché.”
The interviewer replied that her experience might be the exception rather than the rule, prompting Theron to state: “I don’t agree with that, and I’m not happy to hear people talking like that about Hollywood.”
The Mad Mad: Fury Road actress explained that her industry is not the source of this problem, just a glaring example of it.
“Movies are just the mirror of society’ the real problem is there. Hollywood’s gender problem is nothing compared to the society’s problem.”