Maggie Gyllenhaal too old to play 55-year-old’s love interest
Maggie Gyllenhaal has just dropped a mother of a bombshell on the shocking truth of gender inequality in Hollywood. The 37-year-old actress has revealed that she was once turned down for a part because she was “too old” to play the love interest of a 55-year-old man.
It’s no secret that longevity for women in the film industry is by far a heavier uphill struggle for women than men. But such blatant sexism, which doesn’t even try to disguise the position women face, is remarkable.
The sister of leading heartthrob Jake Gyllenhaal, who no doubt can pick and choose whichever role he pleases and will continue to do so at 37, opened up to The Wrap on the various times the industry has let her down.
“There are things that are really disappointing about being an actress in Hollywood that surprise me all the time,” she told the publication before explaining that in her thirties, she already meets difficulties landing roles.