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19 Actresses Working Hard to Prove Kristin Scott Thomas' Soul Crushing Lamentation Wrong

By Cindy Davis | Lists | March 4, 2015 |

By Cindy Davis | Lists | March 4, 2015 |

Despite what Russell Crowe says, it’s a sad fact that great roles for actresses of a certain age have been harder to find than for their male counterparts, but I refuse to believe that is something that will never change. And it’s even sadder that brilliant, gorgeous, emotive actress, Kristin Scott Thomas felt compelled to make this statement during an interview a few days ago:

“I won’t bore you with all the stories of older women not getting jobs in film because it’s so boring. But it’s true. It’s a’s never going to change.

Until the average lifespan is 150 years or something, I don’t think women in their 50s are going to be considered at all viable.I think that’s what it is. Sorry.”

I can’t blame her for being pragmatic, or even a little depressed about the whole situation. Even the perceptional inequality between the way we think men and women should age is hard to accept. Women are consistently criticized for any and everything to do with their appearances, and whether they age naturally or do something about it, we (the public) pick and poke and comment. Meanwhile, every wrinkle or silvery hair that appears on a man only serves to make him more attractive or “distinguished.” Whatever the rest of us experience as we age, I’m certain it’s nothing compared to women in the public eye. But there are those who refuse to sit back and accept outdated notions, who keep finding the writers and filmmakers who know their value, and who we know will keep pushing past whatever barriers block the path forward. There’s not a director out there who wouldn’t be lucky to have any of these (all currently working) actresses in his/her film or series, and not a one of us who wouldn’t pay money to watch them. Don’t give up, Kristin!

Julianne Moore, 54


Glenn Close, 67


Angela Bassett, 56


Emma Thompson, 55


Maggie Smith, 80


Susan Sarandon, 68


Monica Bellucci, 50


Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 54


Meryl Streep, 65


Katey Sagal, 61


Elizabeth McGovern, 53


Sigourney Weaver, 65


Mary Steenburgen, 62


Judi Dench, 80


Christine Baranski, 62


Charlotte Rampling, 69


Helen Mirren, 69


Vanessa Redgrave, 78


Tilda Swinton, 54


Cindy Davis, (Twitter)