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Hilary Duff Says She Was 'Pigeonholed' for Having a Baby 'Too Soon’

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Hilary Duff revealed Thursday on The Talk that she felt “pigeonholed” in the entertainment industry after having her son, Luca Cruz.

The 29-year-old actress addressed how Jennifer Aniston spoke out in a recent interview against society’s belief that she was “useless” if she didn’t meet society’s standards of having a family with children.

Duff called Aniston a “beautiful role model, and a smart woman to have the courage to say these things in Hollywood,” before revealing her own troubles within the industry.

“I feel like I was judged for having a baby too soon, and getting married too soon and now, I’m pigeonholed for being a ‘mom,’ ” said Duff, who gave birth to Luca, 4, when she was 24. “Lots of women in the industry that don’t have a child yet are judged.”

It’s that sort of evaluation of women, Duff says, that is detrimental to any sort of progress.

“We are the most in demand and the most desirable, but the most judged and the hardest on one another,” she said, adding “It’s so much scrutiny.”

The unwanted appraisal, she continued, is never directed at men. “Nobody cares about men’s personal lives as much as women,” she said.

Despite any difficulties the actress might have in the workplace, she’s had recent success on the TV Land show Younger, playing Kelsey Peters, opposite costar Sutton Foster.

Duff, who divorced from professional hockey player Mike Comrie earlier this year, told costar Nico Tortorella on his podcast, The Love Bomb, in early November that she didn’t feel the need to get married again.

“It just seems scarier than ever because of how much attention celebrities get because of their personal life now and how much focus is on that and how much one person can say one thing and how much impact it can have. It’s crazy,” she said.