Anne Hathaway : Oscar Winner says she's losing roles to 24-year-olds
Anne Hathaway : Oscar Winner says she's losing roles to 24-year-olds

Anne Hathaway: “Oscar Winner” says she’s losing roles to 24-year-olds

Anne Hathaway may only be 32 years old, but she’s already beginning to feel the brunt of Hollywood’s ageism when it comes to female actresses.

The Oscar-winning star of Les Miserables has been left wondering why newcomers eight years her junior have been beating her to older roles, but knows that she once used the film industry’s favouritism of rising stars to her advantage too.

“I can’t complain about it because I benefitted from it. When I was in my early twenties, parts would be written for women in their fifties and I would get them,” she told Glamour. “Now I’m in my early thirties and I’m like, ‘Why did that 24-year-old get that part? I was that 24-year-old once. I can’t be upset about it, it’s the way things are.”

Anne Hathaway insists that instead of letting Hollywood’s attitudes get her down, she remembers that she has experience and a solid reputation on her side.

“All I can do right now is think that thankfully you have built up perhaps a little bit of cachet and can tell stories that interest you and if people go to see them you’ll be allowed to make more,” she said.

Anne Hathaway’s tone seems more resigned than that of older actresses who have recently spoken about ageism, including Helen Mirren, Emma Thompson and Maggie Gyllenhaal, the latter of whom was deemed too old at 37 to play a 55-year-old man’s lover.

Thompson was asked by Vulture earlier this week what she thought of older men dating much younger women in films. “The age thing is insane. It was ever thus,” she said. “I remember saying years and years ago, when I was 35, that they’d have to exhume somebody to play my leading man. Nothing’s changed in that regard. If anything, it’s got worse.

“I remember someone saying to me that I was too old for Hugh Grant, who’s like a year younger than me, in Sense and Sensibility. I said, ‘Do you want to go take a flying leap?”


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    1. You don’t get to play faux teen parts all your life. Eventually you have to take adult roles.

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