Maggie Gyllenhaal Was Told She Was "Too Old" To Play 55-Year-Old's Lover

Maggie Gyllenhaal Was Told She Was "Too Old" To Play 55-Year-Old's Lover Hero Image

Not that we needed a reminder that sexism and ageism in Hollywood are as rampant as ever, but this seems particularly ludicrous.

In an interview with The Wrap, Maggie Gyllenhaal, 37, revealed that she recently turned down a role in a movie because the producer told her she was "too old" to play the lover of a 55-year-old man. Yes, that's a gaping, 18-year difference.

Despite being an Oscar-nominated, Golden Globe-winning actress, she is apparently long past her "Last F**able Day," as Amy Schumer would put it.

"It was astonishing to me," she said. "It made me feel bad, and then it made me feel angry, and then it made me laugh."

With a resolutely low number of leading movie roles for women, it takes a strong woman to be able to laugh about this.

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Somehow, she remains optimistic: "A lot of actresses are doing incredible work right now, playing real women, complicated women. I don't feel despairing at all. And I’m more looking with hope for something fascinating."

Now that's one "Honourable Woman."

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