“Thelma & Louise” actress Geena Davis has been a vocal advocate for women, especially aging women in Hollywood.
In an interview with Allison Kugel on the Allison Interviews podcast, Davis discussed various run-ins she has had with ageism in Hollywood, revealing that she was denied a role because the lead man said she was too old, even though the actor was older than her.
“It’s very strange and so widespread,” she explained. “A certain male actor who was making a movie said that I was too old to be his romantic interest, and I was 20 years younger than him.
She continues, “Women peak in their twenties and thirties, and men peak in their forties and fifties when it comes to actors. So male movie stars want to look younger than they are, or they want to appeal to younger ones. people, so they always want a co-star who’s really young. This is why it happens and this is why women are not really chosen after 40 and 50. This is because they are considered too old to be of romantic interest. ”
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According to the Oscar-winning actress, women over 50 are rarely chosen for leading roles in film and television and claim that women over 50 make up 20% of the characters we see onscreen and Most of them occupy minor roles.
She did not name the actor or the movie the conversation took place in, but according to Dailymail, Davis has “played the on-screen love interest for many of Hollywood’s most famous male actors over the years. years – many of whom were younger than her when she appeared alongside them. ”
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