Out to pasture

Maggie Gyllenhaal wore this Dolce & Gabbana gown to the 2014 Tonys:

Maggie Gyllenhaal at the 2014 Tonys in Dolce & Gabbana

Perhaps not the most flattering look for her. Let’s try something a little less formal:

Maggie Gyllenhaal in a 2014 photoshoot

Now this is the point at which things get weird:

Maggie Gyllenhaal, an Oscar nominee getting Emmy buzz for her work on the Sundance miniseries The Honourable Woman, revealed that she was recently turned down for a role in a movie because she was too old to play the love interest for a 55-year-old man.

No kidding.

“There are things that are really disappointing about being an actress in Hollywood that surprise me all the time,” she said during an interview for an upcoming issue of The Wrap Magazine. “I’m 37 and I was told recently I was too old to play the lover of a man who was 55. It was astonishing to me. It made me feel bad, and then it made me feel angry, and then it made me laugh.”

As a man who was 55 seven years ago, I think this is ridiculous.



  1. Bill Peschel »

    23 May 2015 · 4:15 pm

    By coincidence, I was listening to the Nerdist podcast with Tom Lennon, the actor (“The Odd Couple”) and screenwriter (“Night at the Museum” movies). He was part of a group that was putting together a sketch show for Fox. They had already sold the show, and were meeting with the Fox exec in charge to go over the content of the first show.

    After hearing them out, the executive cancelled the show, then and there. The executive said they “decided to go in a different direction,” and also that Tom was too old to star in a sketch show aimed at the younger demographic.

    Tom was 30.

    The Fox executive was the woman in charge of programming.

    We didn’t hear about it because Tom didn’t tell about it until now, years later, and because among other jobs, he’s working on a show for the same executive. What comes around goes around, he says, and if you’re nice to people, chances are you’ll work with them again. Unlike Maggie.

  2. Tatyana »

    23 May 2015 · 4:38 pm

    But do you want to work with them? that’s the question.
    And another: if they were not nice to you, should you be nice to them?

    Maggie can afford to laugh. Even if she couldn’t some things are more important than money..for instance, self-respect. That Tom guy, it seems, has no clue what that is.

  3. McGehee »

    23 May 2015 · 6:40 pm

    I’m 53, and my love interest of more than 20 years is 48. Maggie is welcome to play her if two conditions can be met: I get creative control and a cut of the gross earnings, and my wife agrees to being played by a 37-year-old.

  4. David Richard »

    24 May 2015 · 12:24 am

    Maggie’s severely short hair makes her look much older than her actual age. This shot from December 2012, with shoulder-length hair, is a younger look.


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