Well, this wins for most depressing news all day.
Maggie Gyllenhaal revealed in an upcoming issue of TheWrap Magazine that she was recently turned down for a role in a movie because she was too old to play the love interest of a 55-YEAR-OLD MAN.
YEAH. PS she’s 38. 38.
Ã¢â¬ÅThere are things that are really disappointing about being an actress in Hollywood that surprise me all the time,Ã¢â¬Â she said. Ã¢â¬ÅIÃ¢â¬â¢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.Ã¢â¬Â
Gyllenhaal didn’t specifically say what project she was turned down, but you know, if yousee a movie with a 55-year-old male character lead, make sure to skip it.
Despite the recent slam, Gyllenhaal also feels optimistic for women in entertainment.
Ã¢â¬ÅA lot of actresses are doing incredible work right now, playing real women, complicated women,Ã¢â¬Â said the actress, who won a Golden Globe in January for her role in Ã¢â¬ÅThe Honourable WomanÃ¢â¬Â as an Anglo-Israeli businesswoman. Ã¢â¬ÅI donÃ¢â¬â¢t feel despairing at all. And IÃ¢â¬â¢m more looking with hope for something fascinating.Ã¢â¬Â
That’s a healthy attitude for a decidedly UNHEALTHY industry. Get it, girl!