8 Female Celebrities Who Were Told They Were Too Old For A Role

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When it comes to women’s roles in the entertainment industry, Hollywood has a serious case of ageism. According to the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, only 15 percent of leading film roles in 2013 were portrayed by women. Even worse, this statistic is lower than it was in 1998, which means Hollywood has done little to close the gender gap that exists. Over the past few years, more and more actresses have spoken out about the discrimination they have experienced when being cast for roles. Here’s a list of 8 female celebrities who were considered “too old” for acting roles.

8. Maggie Gyllenhaal

Maggie Gyllenhaal made headlines last year after she went public with the age discrimination she experienced in Hollywood. In an interview with The Wrap Magazine, the 38-year-old actress says she was surprised when she was told by a casting director that she was “too old” to be the love interest of a 55 year old man. “It was astonishing to me. It made me feel bad, and then it made me feel angry, and then it made me laugh.” Despite this frustrating experience, Gyllenhaal remains optimistic that more roles will be available for women. “I don’t feel despairing at all. And I’m more looking with hope for something fascinating.”

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7. Olivia Wilde

In 2012, Olivia Wilde auditioned for a role in Wolf of Wall Street, only to be rejected because of her age. Even though she was merely 28 years old at the time of the casting, she was considered “too old” for the part. While Wilde did not explicitly state what role she auditioned for, many speculate it was for the part of the love interest for Leonardo DiCaprio’s character, Jordan Belfort. The film cast Margot Robbie for the role, who was 22. Wilde openly discussed the situation on The Howard Stern Show this year after Stern asked her if she ever missed out on a role for being “too beautiful.” “No, I don’t think so. The funniest thing I heard recently was I had heard for a part that I was too sophisticated. And I was like, ‘Oh, that sounds nice.’ I like that feedback. I didn’t get the part, but I’m a very sophisticated person. And then I found out later that they actually said ‘old.’ I want to make a translation sheet for Hollywood that’s all the feedback your agents give you and what it really means.”

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