Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Help star's plea for older roles

Allison Janney thinks there should be more roles for women

The Help's Allison Janney has called for more scripts aimed at female actors.

Allison, who plays Emma Stone's mother in the ensemble movie, said the film's success proved that women over 40 were a "powerful" force.

Discussing the success of both The Help and Bridesmaids in 2011, she said: "I think we need to say this to more writers, actually, because these were both really great scripts so I think it's more about great writing."

She added: "We need writers to write more for all ages, especially women over 40 because they're powerful and they've got a lot to say."

Her co-stars in The Help dominated the actress categories at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards, with Viola Davis taking the prize for Best Actress, Octavia Spencer winning Best Supporting Actress, and the cast scooping the Ensemble Acting award.

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