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Gyllenhaal slams Hollywood sexism
22 May 2015 17:05
Maggie Gyllenhaal has lashed out against sexism in Hollywood, after the 37-year-old was told she was too old to play the lover of a 55-year-old male character in a film.
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The Honourable Woman star was turned down for the part in the movie because she was considered to be past her prime, according to a casting executive.
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Gyllenhaal has now spoken out against what she sees as Hollywood's inherent sexism and ageism. She told The Wrap: "There are things that are really disappointing about being an actress in Hollywood that surprise me all the time.
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"I'm 37 and I was told recently I was too old to play the lover of a man who was 55. It was astonishing to me. It made me feel bad, and then it made feel angry, and then it made me laugh."
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However, Gyllenhaal added that she still has hope for the industry, saying: "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."
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