8 Female Celebrities Who Were Told They Were Too Old For A Role
6. Anne Hathaway
At the age of 33, Anne Hathaway has an accomplished acting career. Her role as Fantine in the 2012 film adaptation of Les Misérables resulted in her winning over 35 awards, including an Academy Award for Best Supportive Actress and a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Reflecting on her years of acting, Hathaway highlights the advantages that come with being a younger actress. “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?’” she discloses in an interview with Glamour UK. “I was that 24-year-old once, I can’t be upset about it, it’s the way things are,” she states. “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.”
5. Rita Moreno
With over 70 years of acting experience, Rita Moreno knows a thing or two about being an actress in Hollywood. Since the 1950s, Moreno, 84, has starred in several films and television, most recently doing guest appearances on Jane the Virgin and Grey’s Anatomy. In 2014, she published a memoir that chronicles her journey in becoming a Hollywood legend. Moreno doesn’t shy away from talking about aging in the entertainment industry in her book. “Growing old in Hollywood is a serious deficit,” she writes, and has affected the quality of roles she’s been able to play.