Count Liv Tyler in on the fight against ageism in Hollywood. In an interview with More magazine, Tyler said that being 38 years old in the business of show is like being a “second-class citizen,” and finding good roles isn’t as easy as it is for younger women, for whom the industry is their oyster. The star of The Leftovers expressed similar sentiments as Anne Hathaway did recently, saying that once you’ve aged out of playing a young ingenue who can do pretty much any kind of exciting role, you’re delegated to playing “wives or girlfriends.” After that, things get better, but for a while, actresses such as Tyler are stuck in a horrible-sounding boring limbo.
Thirty-eight “is a crazy number,” she told the magazine. “It’s not fun when you see things start to change. When you’re in your teens or 20s, there is an abundance of ingenue parts which are exciting to play. But at [my age], you’re usually the wife or the girlfriend — a sort of second-class citizen. There are more interesting roles for women when they get a bit older.”
Well, on one hand, there is hope for actresses who are older. But where does that leave actresses who were celebrated in their 20s only to commit the horrible crime of living and end up forgotten for two decades? At least we know they can be Ghostbusters.
Source: Us Weekly