“I can’t complain about it because I benefited from it,” the actress admitted in an interview with Glamour UK. “When I was in my early 20s, parts would be written for women in their 50s and I would get them. And now I’m in my early 30s 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.’”
Hathaway is part of a long list of women speaking out recently on the ageism in the industry. Amy Schumer satirized the conversation in a skit called “Last F***able Day” on her show Inside Amy Schumer, while Maggie Gyllenhaal was perhaps the most revealing when she said that, at age 37, she was considered too old to play the love interest of a 55-year-old man. Yes, you read that correctly.
The conversation about Hollywood’s ageism is hardly a new one. Russell Crowe made some controversial comments in January arguing that actresses who complain about ageist casting need to start acting their age. “If you are willing to live in your own skin, you can work as an actor,” Crowe said. “If you are trying to pretend that you’re still the young buck when you’re my age, it just doesn’t work.”
And of course Amy Schumer satirized ageism earlier this year.