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The Real got, well, real when co-host Jeannie Mai dissed actress Charlize Theron for being insulted that she was offered the role of Wonder Woman’s mother.
Theron revealed she turned down the part during an interview with Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live, saying “this is a good example of how Hollywood slaps you in the face when you start aging.” Theron is just 9 years older than Gal Gadot, the actress who would have been playing her daughter. Mai’s thoughts? “I think that we women are way too sensitive about age and getting older.”
Mai’s co-host Adrienne Houghton agreed: “I don’t think someone’s always trying to insult you if they’re asking you to play older. Older doesn’t mean worse,’ she said. Fellow panelist Loni Love felt that younger actresses asked to play older characters were taking away jobs from people who are actually age-appropriate. ‘The problem is there are 50 year old and 60 year old actresses who can’t get the job. So it’s a casting issue.”
Viewers on Twitter were split on Theron’s reaction.
I can't believe they wanted charlize theron to play gal gadot's mom in wonder woman. THE DISRESPECT
— sara (@XMileyStan) May 8, 2019
Someone really asked Charlize Theron to play Wonder Woman’s mother?? She could be hired to play my granddaughter & I would feel like it was a solid casting decision
— Kate Greene (@Katylouuu_28) May 9, 2019
She's a great actress. They offered her the job because she's a great actress. The Wonder Woman character is portrayed as a 20s-something character, played by a 34 year old; not that it matters, but Charlize Theron is indeed old enough to be the mother of a 20-something.
— SKIRT (@talktoskirt) May 7, 2019
And one viewer of The Real even reminded Houghton that not all people over 50 look old:
@TheRealDaytime Correction all 50 year olds don't have grey hair Adrian! Lolllll 😂😂(is that ypur perception?)
— Firstladybehind#2804 (@267_9444) May 10, 2019
Another had some unsolicited advice for Theron:
Check out Wendy Williams slamming women who go after married men:
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