Charlize Theron: There’s no such thing as ageism in Hollywood


Charlize Theron acknowledges there are certain problems within the movie industry, but insists ageism is a thing of the past.

The star has used her own career and portfolio as a means to back up her opinion, stating she has landed more roles now than she ever did during her younger years.

She explained to Vanity Fair Italy: “The time has come for women to realize that the way we look outside is not the most important thing and it’s not true we are worth less when we age.

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 how unusual – and potentially unpopular – her opinion was among other working actors, she said: “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.”

And Charlize – who has two adopted children – is not afraid of getting older and accepts it as a normal part of life. She also credits her age for maturing and giving her greater wisdom.

“How could I be afraid of something so natural? Aging 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.”

Elvis Michael

Elvis is a featured writer for Morning Ticker, where this post originally appeared.

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