Ah, Hollywood. We knew ageism and sexism was part and parcel of the Hollywood game, but we never knew it was this bad. In an interview with TheWrap recently, actress Maggie Gyllenhaal revealed just how ridiculous the film industry can really be.
"There are things that are really disappointing about being an actress in Hollywood that surprise me all the time," she said. "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. It made me feel bad, and then it made me feel angry, and then it made me laugh."
While we love Gyllenhaal's feisty yet ultimately sanguine reaction, her comment further cements the ingrained Hollywood double standard about older men and younger women. It's even more laughable when you consider that Gyllenhaal's brother Jake was 30 when he dated a 21-year-old Taylor Swift - and no one batted an eyelid.
We guess an eighteen year age gap is nothing when you consider that Catherine Zeta Jones and Sean Connery had around 40 years between them in 1999's Entrapment. Or in the case of Woody Allen, who got away with playing leading man opposite some very young actresses for years (until it inevitably got creepy) and recently paired a 54 year old Colin Firth with a 25 year old Emma Stone. All you can do is laugh.