A common thread among the icons and honorees at Elle’s Women in Hollywood event was facing unwanted advances and crude comments in their careers and as children.
On Wednesday, Oscar-nominated actress Maggie Gyllenhaal divulged that the age-old aphorism “age is just a number” sadly—but truly, and probably not so surprisingly—doesn’t apply to women in film. “There are things that are really disappointing about being an actress in Hollywood that surprise me all the time,” she told The Wrap. Pitch Perfect 2′s Rebel Wilson is being scrutinized for lying about her age.
Russell Crowe recently pronounced that actresses in Hollywood need to “act their age.” The actor told an Australian women’s magazine that there are plenty of roles for older women. “To be honest, I think you’ll find that the woman who is saying that [the roles have dried up] is the woman who at 40, 45, 48, still wants to play the ingénue, and can’t understand why she’s not being cast as the 21-year-old,” Crowe said, citing Meryl Streep and Helen Mirren as examples of actresses who find parts.
Patricia Arquette: Rick [Linkater] would have shown me a cut every year if I wanted to see it, but I really didn’t. At a certain point in a boy’s life—I mean, it’s there! But he waited until Ellar [Coltrane, who plays the lead] had an actual girlfriend before he introduced a romantic relationship into the plot.