Actress CHARLIZE THERON hates to hear Hollywood career women talking about the woes of ageing.
The Monster star accepts not everyone is as fortunate as she is, but she is booking more roles than she did when she was younger – and insists the rules are changing for good actresses.
“The time has come for women to realise 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 tells Vanity Fair Italy. “I don’t agree with that, and I’m not happy to hear people talking like that about Hollywood.”
The 41-year-old explains the real problem is with society’s views on ageing.
“Movies are just the mirror of society,” she adds. “Hollywood’s gender problem is nothing compared to 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.”
But Charlize won’t shy away from Hollywood’s equal pay drama, insisting women should be paid just as much as men.
“People ask me, ‘What is feminism?'” she said on U.S. breakfast show Today earlier this year (16) when asked about the Sony Pictures hacking scandal in 2014, which exposed the fact leading ladies Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams were paid significantly less than their male co-stars on American Hustle.
“I think that we (women) should be valued just as much as our counterpartners, who we work with just as hard, and I think it’s a conversation we need to have and hopefully there can be some real action placed towards it…”
“When you look at the world, what’s 50 per cent of the population? Where is our place? Where is our value?” Charlize continued. “We bring half of it to the table. We have to start being valued that way.”