Charlize Theron once confessed that being young, beautiful and model-like was a real uphill battle when it came to finding roles that were based on more than just being young, beautiful and model-like. Thankfully, Charlize doesn’t have to worry about that because time has given her the ultimate role-landing weapon: being older. 41-year-old Charlize is still beautiful and model-like, but apparently getting older is the reason she’s eyeball-deep in good roles.
It’s not just Charlize, either; she thinks all actresses can expect to watch their IMDB pages bust at the seams with every candle they blow out on their birthday cake. Charlize tells Vanity Fair Italy (via The Daily Mail) that it’s time people stopped trotting out that old “cliché” about actresses working less as they get older. You hear that Maggie Gyllenhaal? Being told “You’re too old” is a good thing.
“Now that I’m 41 I work much more than 20 years ago, and I enjoy it even more. And all the women I know say the same thing, so it’s time to stop this cliché.” When told it was unusual to hear that opinion from an actress who makes her living in Hollywood, Charlize added: “I don’t agree with that, and I’m not happy to hear people talking like that about Hollywood. Movies are just the mirror of society; the real problem is there. Hollywood’s gender problem is nothing compared to the society’s problem.”
Charlize claims that alleged gender and ageism problem in Hollywood is just a “cliché.” And I don’t doubt she’s working more now than she was at 20. But I feel like it’s because she had more competition back then. Most actresses age out in Hollywood at, what, 31? Once an actress hits the ripe old age of 30, their agent sits them down in an easy chair with a glass of Ensure and breaks the news that it might be time to move back to Idaho or wherever they came from.
Charlize also talked about looking older. Charlize is only 41, which by Hollywood standards means her face should technically be 98% Botox by now. But Charlize isn’t worried about getting wrinkles.
“How could I be afraid of something so natural? Ageing is part of our life, we can’t avoid that. And a part of me is really grateful for all the things that have happened since I started ageing, now I’m much wiser than 20 years ago. A wrinkle is nothing compared to that.”
Sure, Charlize is okay with it now. But just wait until a Hollywood casting director spots a single wrinkle on her face and utters the words “Actually? Let’s have you read for the elderly grandmother. I don’t know why, but I’ve got a feeling you’d be perfect for it!”
Pic: Vanity Fair Italy