"There are things that are really disappointing about being an actress in Hollywood that surprise me all the time," Gyllenhaal said

By Alexandra Hurtado
May 21, 2015 03:25 PM
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Thirty-seven and over the hill? Maggie Gyllenhaal doesn’t think so!

Gyllenhaal, who stars in The Honourable Woman, revealed to TheWrap that she was recently turned down for a movie role because of her age.

“There are things that are really disappointing about being an actress in Hollywood that surprise me all the time,” Gyllenhaal told the site. “I’m 37 and I was told recently I was too old to play the lover of a man who was 55.”

Despite the remark making her feel bad, Gyllenhaal has been able to laugh it off and still holds out hope for women in Hollywood.

“A lot of actresses are doing incredible work right now, playing real women, complicated women,” she said. “I don’t feel despairing at all. And I’m more looking with hope for something fascinating.”

This isn’t the first time Gyllenhaal has addressed women in Hollywood.

During her Golden Globe acceptance speech earlier this year, she said, “I’ve noticed a lot of people talking about the wealth of roles for powerful women in television lately … and when I think about the performances that I’ve watched this year, what I see actually are women who are sometimes powerful and sometimes not. Sometimes sexy, sometimes not. Sometimes honorable, sometimes not.”

“What I think is new is the wealth of roles for actual women in television and in film,” she continued. “That’s what I think is revolutionary and evolutionary and it’s what’s turning me on.”

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