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Anne Hathaway Knows Hollywood Ageism Once Worked in Her Favor, Now Does Not

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After a good run, Anne Hathaway has finally met Hollywood’s cool friend that hides in dark corners during castings: ageism, you know him? At 32 years old, Hathaway is already being told she’s too close to death to play young female characters.

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In a Glamour UK interview, The Devil Wears Prada actress admitted that the numbers used to work in her favor.

I can’t complain about it because I benefitted from it. When I was in my early twenties, parts would be written for women in their fifties and I would get them. And now I’m in my early thirties and I’m like, ‘Why did that 24 year old get that part?’ I was that 24 year old once, I can’t be upset about it, it’s the way things are. All I can do right now is think that thankfully you have built up perhaps a little bit of cachet and can tell stories that interest you and if people go to see them you’ll be allowed to make more.

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And even she hasn’t escaped Taylor Swift’s growing girl get-a-long gang:

She just seems to be following her heart. I met her - I hope it’s OK to say this - when she and Jake [Gyllenhaal] were together. She was 20 at the time, and we hung out one night. I was like, ‘You are a magnificent creature.’ She was on fire and I’ve watched her become this force of nature.

Don’t fall for it, Anne, don’t do it!


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DISCUSSION

I happen to like Anne. I think she’s talented. But telling someone the first time you’ve hung out that they’re a “magnificent creature” might be a bit much? Maybe more for a second meeting. Or a wedding toast. Eulogy?