Charlize Theron insists ageism is a thing of the past in the Hollywood industry.
She explained to ‘Vanity Fair Italy’: “The time has come for women to realize that the way we look outside is not the most important thing and it’s not true we are worth less when we age.
Now that I’m 41 I work much more than 20 years ago, and I enjoy it even more. And all the women I know say the same thing, so it’s time to stop this cliché.”
When told how unusual – and potentially unpopular – her opinion was among other working actors, she said: “I don’t agree with that, and I’m not happy to hear people talking like that about Hollywood … Movies are just the mirror of society; the real problem is there. Hollywood’s gender problem is nothing compared to the society’s problem.”
Many actresses, including Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, and Maggie Gyllenhaal have spoken out about age standards in Hollywood, but Charlize prefers to stay out of the debate, insisting getting older is a natural progression.
"How could I be afraid of something so natural?" she asks. "Ageing is part of our life, we can't avoid that. And a part of me is really grateful for all the things that have happened since I started ageing; now I'm much wiser than 20 years ago. A wrinkle is nothing compared to that."
Theron thinks the bigger issue in Hollywood is gender inequality. "Movies are just the mirror of society; the real problem is there," she said. "Hollywood's gender problem is nothing compared to the society's problem."
"The time has come for women to realize that the way we look outside is not the most important thing and it's not true we are worth less when we age," she declared.