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Goldie Hawn: 'Ageism in Hollywood doesn't make me angry'

Goldie Hawn took a pay cut when starring in The First Wives Club.

Goldie Hawn believes older actresses in Hollywood need to accept "reality".

The actress explained in a new interview with Harper's Bazaar's that she's completely unfazed by Hollywood’s exacting beauty standards because after the age of 45, she thinks actors have to accept reality.

Despite a stellar career spanning several decades, new film Snatched sees the star return to the big screen alongside comic star Amy Schumer, for the first time since 2002. And on the subject of fewer opportunities for older stars, unlike other female actresses such as Kim Cattrall and Helen Mirren who have spoken out against ageism, Goldie sees the decline in roles as inevitable.

“You think you’re going to fight the system? You think you’re going to prove to Hollywood when you hit 45 that you’re still a sexy, viable object? No. There’s a certain reality," the 71-year-old Private Benjamin star explained to the publication.

"Does it make me angry? No. I’m not an angry person. I’m not a militant person. Anger doesn’t get you anywhere. It’s not productive."

Actresses such as Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence have hit out at the gender pay gap between male and female actors, and in the interview Goldie shared her tale of the deeply entrenched sexism she faced in Hollywood as one of the stars of hit 1996 comedy The First Wives Club.

“Even though we were all stars, (Hollywood) was nervous about the movie … we all took a cut in our salary, we all took a cut in our back end... Because the studios were never sanguine on trusting that women carrying a movie would actually work,” she sighed.

The film, starring Goldie, Diane Keaton and Bette Midler, was a box office hit following its release, grossing $181 million (£140 million) worldwide, and helping to revitalise the actresses' careers in film and television.

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