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Maggie Gyllenhaal "Too Old" to Play Love Interest

Maggie Gyllenhaal "Too Old" to Play Love Interest

Oscar nominated-actress Maggie Gyllenhaal has been attracting attention recently for her work on the Sundance miniseries, “The Honourable Woman.” Although not all the attention has been positive.

Unfortunately, even actresses as accomplished as Gyllenhaal are not immune to sexism in the industry. 

“I’m 37 and I was told recently I was too old to play the lover of a man who was 55. It was astonishing to me,” Gyllenhaal revealed to The Wrap. “It made me feel bad, and then it made me feel angry and then it made me laugh.”

While it's refreshing to see the actress handling the situation with grace and a sense of humor, sexism in Hollywood is no laughing matter. The ACLU announced it is cracking down on inequalities like these by requesting that federal agencies investigate claims of gender discrimination taking place in Hollywood studios, networks, and talent agencies. 

Luckily, there are plenty of initiatives combating the industry's sexism. Meryl Streep is funding a writer’s lab to support female writers over the age of 40 while Lifetime’s "Broad Focus" initiative is encouraging women to get involve in director, producer, and writer roles for the network. 

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