The Harsh Truth

As children we are told to enjoy life, but so many children can not wait to be older and are too excited to “grow up”. They don’t think about things such as ageism and not being casted due to age and too many wrinkles. For performers, especially actresses, ageism can break their career.

Actress, Maggie Gyllenhaal spoke out about the age gap for men and women in particularly romance films and woman playing the love interest. She has reopened an issue that many actresses feel very strongly about, which has been around for centuries, Hollywood ageism and sexism. Bette Davis, played Margo Channing in All About Eve was able to highlight the issues of ageism and sexism within the theatrical industry. Modern actresses such as Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway have felt the pinch and tried to put an emphasise on the issue to try reach a level of equality. Zoe Saldana discussed her opinion and rage on this topic in an interview with Telegraph and said that “By the time you’re 28 you’re expired”.

So what hope is there for female performers? No wonder why so many actresses feel the pressure to undertake cosmetic procedures and under go the knife in order to look younger and save their careers.

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For more information:

Charts displaying the difference age difference in romantic films suggests Maggie Gyllenhaal is right.  

Casting sexism 

Hollywood’s “Expiration Date” for women 

Leading Ladies speak out about Ageism and Sexism in Hollywood

Women have an expiry date

Top 10 actress past their expiration date 

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