It turns out actress Maggie Gyllenhaal is over the hill in Hollywood despite being just 37 years old.
Gyllenhaal says she discovered the “disappointing” reality when she was turned down for a role because she was “too old to play the lover of a man who was 55,” she 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,” “The Honorable Woman” star said. “It was astonishing to me. It made me feel bad, and then it made me feel angry, and then it made me laugh.”
Actresses have long complained that they stop being offered leading roles by the time they turn 40, and aging male stars are often paired with female love interests young enough to be their daughters
While Gyllenhaal was surprised at being declared undesirable for a man old enough to be her father, the award-winning actress was decidedly more optimistic earlier this year.
While accepting her best actress Golden Globe in January, Gyllenhaal expressed her excitement over the increase in roles for women.
“When I look around the room at the women who are in here and I think about the performances I’ve watched this year, what I see actually are women who are sometimes powerful, sometimes not, sometimes sexy, sometimes not, sometimes honourable, sometimes not … that’s what I think is revolutionary, evolutionary, and that’s what’s turning me on,” she said.