Anne Hathaway graces the cover of Glamour Magazine and in opening up about losing parts to 24-year-old actresses, the 32-year-old brings focus once again to Hollywood ageism and sexism. The Oscar winner speaks with candor on being on the other side of the age equation.
Yes, Anne Hathaway is just 32-year-old. She’s not 52, let alone 42, but yet she is losing parts. She says in Glamour, ““I hate to admit it, but it’s true – there are fewer roles and the competition is just as fierce as ever.”
She goes on to say, “I look around at my peers and I’m so blown away by their talent and their beauty and their cool style, as well as their ability to be an actress and be a movie star and be good at it. I mean, they’re so good and we’re all trying to get the same parts.”
And then she doesn’t name names, but she does name numbers. “When I was in my early twenties, parts would be written for women in their fifties and I would get them. And now I’m in my early thirties and I’m like, ‘Why did that 24 year old get that part?’
It’s not surprising, and yet, in the second decade of the 21st century, we might want to think Hollywood has changed since its so-called Golden Age of the 1930s through the 1950s when, for sure, we know those 24-year-olds were the preferred stock, so to speak. In fact, there’s that somewhat archaic word for it, the “ingenue” also known as the “starlet.”
So yes, here were are, still with starlets. Yes, the word is so old that your spell checker might not even recognize it.
Hathaway herself seems resigned to it as she says, ” I was that 24 year old once, I can’t be upset about it, it’s the way things are. 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.”
You can see more pictures and the full interview here. She opens up on a variety of other topics including Taylor Swift.
Anne Hathaway is the star of which has its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival. She’ll also be seen in another upcoming movie, ‘The Intern’ which sees her portrays a CEO ‘opposite Robert De Niro who portrays the title character. Yes, the acting legend is now 72 years old and so presumably the leading lady, at a staggering over-the-hill age of 32 — but 50 years younger than he — is apparently young enough for the part!
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Breathtaking Anne Hathaway for Glamour Magazine UK October 2015. 📷 Jem Mitchel pic.twitter.com/0qFTxE8LT3
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