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Is Ageism A Problem In Hollywood?

37 year-old actress Maggie Gyllenhaal was recently turned down for a role playing the lover to a 55 year-old. Is ageism alive and well in Hollywood?

a full 86% of writers and pundits say yes
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last 24 hours | usatoday
Mirren: Hollywood ageism is 'outrageous' - USA TODAY

"...Ageism and sexism in Hollywood is growing into an ever present issue both in front of and behind the camera. The ACLU recently sent letters to various agencies drawing attention to the lack of female directors in the television and film industry, while actresses like Gyllenhaal and Amy Schumer are pointing out discrepancies in casting practices...." see full article


884 days ago | glamour
The Most Twisted Effects of Hollywood's Ageism Complex - Glamour (blog)
"...So why does this matter for all of us non-Hollywood people? Because it's the all part of the tabloid tapestry that makes us feel inferior next to stars. When an actress has her face pulled tight or emerges from the birthing suite as a snapped-back size two, and we blame her for perpetuating an unachievable image, we're missing the point. You might not want to be cellulite's official spokesperson, either, if it meant your job would evaporate. So, look to their bosses the people sitting across the casting room and in the studio corner offices. They're mostly men, they're mostly old, and if their choices are any indication, they're the ones who are terrified of time passing. Not us...." see full article


906 days ago | thewrap
Thanks 'Grace and Frankie' – Why Netflix's Fonda-Tomlin Show Is Answer to ... - TheWrap
"...We've been warring over sexism and ageism in Hollywood for the past week, since Maggie Gyllenhaal set off a three-fire alarm over admitting that she'd been turned down as too old to play the lover of a 55-year-old man.Cue Grace and Frankie, the charming, sharply-written comedy of manners set in our contemporary world of topsy turvy sexual identity. Not only are the two leads of the 13-episode Netflix series fabulous women in their 70s, they consistently are paired in the plotlines with younger men.We've collectively been wringing our hands over Hollywood perpetuating romantic pairings of men 20 and 30 years older than their female counterparts, including Gyllenhaal, who at 31 played the romantic interest of Jeff Bridges, 60, in Crazy Heart. But apparently the producers of this Netflix show, Marta Kauffman and Howard Morris, didn't get the memo...." see full article


907 days ago | thewrap
Brian Grazer on Hollywood Ageism, Sexism: Unfair, Illogical and Prejudicial 
"...Hollywood's top players are speaking out in droves on the issue of Hollywood ageism and sexism, a topic fueled even further this week by actress Maggie Gyllenhaal s stunning revelations in an interview with TheWrap on Wednesday. Brian Grazer is the latest to voice his opinion during a visit to TheWrap's offices Thursday for the first of our Summer Speaker Series. This feels like an unfair, illogical and prejudicial thing to do, he told Wrap CEO/Editor-in-chief Sharon Waxman. A 40-year-old woman, a 50-year-old woman  Meryl Streep today they [all have] sex appeal. It's just about chemistry of the couple. ..." see full article


907 days ago | wordandfilm
Rebel Wilson and Maggie Gyllenhaal Battle Hollywood Ageism
"...Despite Hollywood's sexism/ageism becoming widely discussed (as well as openly mocked) topics, Maggie Gyllenhaal was recently told that at thirty-seven, she was too old to play the love interest of a fifty-five-year-old actor. This incident was cited in a defense of Rebel Wilson, who has found herself under a magnifying glass after her age was disputed by a former schoolmate. Indeed, altering one's age, name, and image are time-honored traditions among actors as well as actresses. In light of these events, can you blame them?Ageism doesn't seem to be holding Reese Witherspoon back just yet: the thirty-nine-year-old actress has been announced as the star of "Tink," Disney's live-action film about Tinker Bell. You may recall that Tink was an inaugural member of the Disney Princesses family, but lost her spot in 2005 and instead became the central figure of the Disney Fairies franchise -- you can expect that one to reach "Frozen" levels of ubiquity in the next few years as the anticipation for Witherspoon's movie heats up...." see full article


907 days ago | motherjones
This Story Maggie Gyllenhaal Just Told Perfectly Explains the Hollywood Sexism Complex

"...Back in January, Gyllenhaal picked up a Golden Globe award for her performance in the BBC miniseries The Honourable Woman. During her acceptance speech, she stressed the importance of Hollywood embracing the roles of real women."When I look around the room at the women who are here and I think about the performances that I've watched this year what I see actually are women who are sometimes powerful and sometimes not, sometimes sexy, sometimes not, sometimes honorable, sometimes not," she said onstage. "What I think is new is the wealth of roles for actual women in television and in film. That's what I think is revolutionary and evolutionary and it's what's turning me on."Despite Gyllenhaal's optimism, it sure looks like Hollywood is hell bent on keeping ageism securely intact. ..." see full article


907 days ago | alternet
It's the Sexism and Ageism, Stupid: 7 Bleak Ways Hollywood Shafts ...
"...It sounds ludicrous because it is, but only slightly more so than the reality of what happens to women's casting choices after a certain age and that age turns out to be somewhere just over 35. That's when Hollywood decides that women's vaginas shrivel up and turn into dust, transforming them from girlfriend material to just plain immaterial. Actresses talk about this all the time, with the last few weeks serving as sort of a banner period for discussion of ageism in female casting.A few days ago, in an interview with The Wrap, Maggie Gyllenhaal, 37, announced she had been told recently [that she] was too old to play the lover of a man who was 55. That viral Amy Schumer skit with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tina Fey and Patricia Arquette talking about actresses' last fuckable day was such a hit because it told us what we already know: actresses are only seen as sexually desirable for so long, while male actors are fuckable even when there's nothing but white spiders coming out. At a 2009 Emmy Roundtable discussion put on the Hollywood Reporter, Sarah Silverman and Amy Poehler came to the shared realization that they'd both nearly been cast as Jonah Hill's mom. In the same conversation, Christina Applegate recounted going up for one part, only to be told she was actually being considered for the role of the hag that lives next door. ..." see full article



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