Listen up, Hollywood actresses over the age of 30 – Russell Crowe‘s got some important life lessons you need to hear. Feeling insecure about losing roles to younger actresses? Feeling the pressure all women feel to stay youthful at all costs, only x 10,000 since you’re in the public eye? Pshaw to all that! Russell’s sick of actresses not acting their age, and he wants you all to wise up and… follow Meryl Streep‘s example, or something!
In an interview with Australia’s Women’s Weekly, Russell dispelled some home truths:
“The best thing about the industry I’m in – movies – is that there are roles for people in all different stages of life,” Russell says, in an interview with The Weekly.
“To be honest, I think you’ll find that the woman who is saying that (the roles have dried up) is the woman who at 40, 45, 48, still wants to play the ingénue, and can’t understand why she’s not being cast as the 21 year old.
“Meryl Streep will give you 10,000 examples and arguments as to why that’s bullshit, so will Helen Mirren, or whoever it happens to be. If you are willing to live in your own skin, you can work as an actor. If you are trying to pretend that you’re still the young buck when you’re my age, it just doesn’t work.”
Yes, because Meryl and Helen are the rule, not the exception, right? Great, just what the world needs – another middle-aged man telling women how they should be acting. Russell needs to take this fuckery elsewhere. That’s not to say that I think women should be desperate to be younger, or that they shouldn’t embrace aging naturally because we all go through it – it IS to say that I don’t think women need Russell Crowe giving them life advice. Some things are better kept to yourself, Russ.