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Maggie Gyllenhaal, 37, Was Told She Was Too Old to Play a 55-Year-Old Actor's Love Interest

Maggie Gyllenhaal, 37, Was Told She Was Too Old to Play a 55-Year-Old Actor's Love Interest

Maggie Gyllenhaal is opening up being a woman in Hollywood – and recalling a recent specific event where she was too old.

“There are things that are really disappointing about being an actress in Hollywood that surprise me all the time,” the 37-year-old actress told The Wrap. “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 me feel angry, and then it made me laugh.”

“A lot of actresses are doing incredible work right now, playing real women, complicated women,” Maggie added – she’s getting Emmy buzz for her role in The Honourable Woman. “I don’t feel despairing at all. And I’m more looking with hope for something fascinating.”

Also pictured inside: Maggie and her husband Peter Sarsgaard at the airport together on Wednesday (May 20) in Los Angeles.

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  • Jenny from the flop

    She looks 70 years old so I can understand why

  • your bf’s nightmare

    I mean, I couldn’t imagine her as the lover of anyone… She needs other roles than this, it’s just not realistic.

  • jade

    she’s a mature looking woman. elegant, but mature looking. not conventionally attractive which you’d probably need if its some torrid lover thing. I also believe it depends on the plot of the movie. If it’s about some older man having a young lover it doesn’t seem unrealistic for a Hollywood story to have that (or real life, for that matter)

  • Ifigeneia

    Guys, a love interest doesn’t need to be a hot young thing in a curve-hugging dress and if that is what they want as a ‘love interest’ it would be unfair to her talent.Granted she has a more mature look to her, but this is further proof of how sexist and ageist hollywood really is.At this point we are so used to seing older actors having much younger onscreen love interests ( Johnny Depp/Amber Heard, Will Smith/ Margot Robbie come to mind), which is kind of sad.

  • Arx

    Here we go again, all women are victims of awful men. I hate when women act like victims. The oppression of women is nothing compared to the oppression that african americans have faced or even the gay community.

  • FerCat

    There are like 3 actresses I know who have transcended ageism.
    Helen Mirren, Cate Blanchett and Tilda Swinton.

  • Which one is Pink?

    You are deluded.

  • Which one is Pink?

    But the “plot” always involves a middle aged man with mid 20s woman. Jennifer Lawrence keeps playing women in their 30s.

  • Which one is Pink?

    Because only attractive women deserve a partner and a man can be as ugly as possible as still demand a 20 year old?

    Sexist bullshit.

  • Which one is Pink?

    Have the comments here always sounded as if Faux News was writing them?

  • http://octopusmagnificens.blogspot.com/ octopusmagnificens

    Maybe they meant that she is not pretty enough.

  • Revengefan0101

    Hollywood is so ridiculous. What year is this??? Most 37 year old women are not interested in 55 year old men. #realitycheck

  • your bf’s nightmare

    There is nothing sexist about what I wrote. What I wrote applies to men also. When I watch a movie I need to believe what I’m seeing. An ugly man or and unattractive woman is just not realistic for this kind of role.

  • Louiza S.

    the comments here make me sick … she is very pretty and has a great body.. also i find her a great role model/actress… i wish i looked like her when i am a mother and 37. :)

  • plez

    Would like to know who the 55 year old actor was and the script so I can judge better. Because a few years ago, Maggie was looking and dressing much older than her years.

  • elena

    who cares? If movies with women leads made money, they’d make more. is the ACLU going to sue every person in the US who finds her drab?

  • Dory Phore

    Hollywood is disgusting.

  • elena

    Brian Williams is writing comments?

  • elena

    what a cry baby.

  • elena

    I agree. In film the presence of a beautiful sexy woman in a relationship is symbolic of the transformation that passion creates.

  • Which one is Pink?

    Just a woman who doesn’t let sexist assholes define her by her age and looks.

  • Lester Aldrich

    Here’s a media company who says it will not hire anyone over the age of 30:
    http://mankabros.com/blogs/chairman/2015/04/09/manka-bros-will-no-longer-hire-anyone-over-30/

  • https://www.tumblr.com/blog/themoulinblue Kary

    WTF???

  • mouth

    I wish LA would fall into the ocean. Ridiculous place that has the country completely addled. I guess if these Morons, or Mormons, would be okay with 96 YO men with 11 YO girls. Apparently it’s what all men want.

  • mouth

    Have you ever actually SEEN a 70 YO?

  • mouth

    Hollywood in no way represents reality. The average couple is still only 2-5 years apart. It’s hard to have anything in common with someone that doesn’t know anything about the internet or modern stuff. I think guys like Alec Baldwin are gross and his wife looks like his daughter. IN FACT THEY ONLY 9 YEARS APART. His daughter is 19 and wife 28. It’s too much. she will divorce him soon.

  • Arx

    Madonna doesn’t demand young men? Demi Moore? Jennifer Lopez? etc. It goes both ways. Look at the casting of Christian Grey and how people have been complaining he isn’t hot enough. However nobody is claiming any kind of sexism in that case. Sexism only seems to exist when women don’t get what they want.

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  • AngiePangie11

    Maggie looks AMAZING in a bikini- see it here https://youtu.be/4smHKLJn5og

  • Felicia :)

    That’s even worse!

  • violet deschanel

    Milla Kunis was replaced by a younger (28) Amanda Seigfried to play a haggard 47 year old Mark Wahlberg’s paramour in Ted 2.

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