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Calling all 30-something female actresses: Hollywood needs you
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Calling all 30-something female actresses: Hollywood needs you

Thirty-five-year-old “Gone Girl” actress Rosamund Pike made a big comeback as the female star in this box office hit film. With Hollywood’s obsession with youth this is not an easy task for a 30-something woman in the industry.

Twenty-somethings, sometimes even teens, are often the more desirable choice for female characters in movies.

In an interview with The Guardian, 48-year-old actor John Cusack said, “I got another 15, 20 years before they say I’m old. For women it’s brutal…I have actress friends who are being put out to pasture at 29. They just want to open up another can of hot 22. It’s becoming almost like kiddie porn.”

Regarding Pike’s acting career, it’s ironic because she was once a “can of hot” 20-something.
At just 21-years-old she was a Bond girl along with Halle Berry in “Die Another Day,” which was released in 2002.

She was young, beautiful, blonde and a Bond girl. The cards seemed to be in her favor. You think she would have had role after role but she kind of disappeared like her character in “Gone Girl.”
Now in her 30s and pregnant with her second child she is back on the map, and some may argue we need more strong female actresses in her age range.

An article from Variety, an online show-business daily, said Pike is one of the few female actresses in her 30s who can lead in a movie.
“Other than Angelina Jolie, who is 39, there aren’t many actresses in their 30s who can carry a movie.”

I see Variety’s point, but I beg to differ to a certain extent. There are great female actresses in the 30-something club. For example, Jessica Chastain, 37, won a Golden Globe in 2013 for her performance in “Zero Dark Thirty.” Anne Hathaway, 31, won an Oscar in 2013 for supporting actress in “Les Miserables.”

I do agree we need more female actresses who are in their 30s, and I hope for a day when age will not matter as much for women in the entertainment industry. After all, no one certainly cares how old George Clooney or Leonardo DiCaprio gets.

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About Sydney Lawson

Sydney Lawson's passion for television began after college when she was a national spokesperson for the Got Milk? Campaign and she hopes to have a career in broadcast journalism covering features and entertainment.

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