If any of you watch Veep, you will be well aware that Julia Louis-Dreyfus is definitely still fuckable, as President Selena Meyer would attest to. However, this is rarely the case for 54 year old female actors in Hollywood, as entrenched ageism means they become mothers over lovers much earlier than their male counterparts.
On Tuesday, Inside Amy Schumer took to this institutional problem with rigor, in a sketch during which Tiny Fey, Patricia Arquette and Julia Louis-Dreyfus meet for a picnic to celebrate Louis-Dreyfus' final day of being "fuckable". They proceed to explain the fact that Hollywood decides when women stop being sexually attractive via the roles it offers them, paying particular reference to the fact that Sally Field went from playing Tom Hanks' love interest in her early forties, to playing his mother in her late forties. Watch the sketch below
Vulture unpacked the institutional ageism in Hollywood in 2013, when they created this infographic, comparing the age of leading men to the age of their love interests, finding that as leading men aged, their love interests stayed the same age. Take, for example, Johnny Depp: in 1990, at age 27, he starred alongside Winona Ryder, then 19. In 2014, at age 49, he starred alongside Rebecca Hall, age 30.
On the bright side, the forthcoming Bond film, Spectre, is the first to star a Bond Girl who is the same age as James Bond; Daniel Craig is 47 years old, and his love interest, Monica Bellucci, is 50 years old. Furthermore, even though Most Beautiful People issues of magazines are ridiculous, People magazine awarded this year's top spot to Sandra Bullock, who, at 50 years old, is the oldest person ever to receive the "honour".
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