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Rose Byrne: I should be bolder

Rose Byrne wishes she wasn't an actress when she has a "frustrating" day.

The Australian actress has a range of genres to her name, from superhero flick X-Men: First Class to comedy Bridesmaids. Her success is growing day by day and despite being a respected individual in the movie world, Rose still finds the industry unfair.

Sometimes she wishes she'd gone against the odds and broken out of her comfort zone.

“It’s hard, especially in this business and especially for women. I hate to be a broken record about it, but if I compared my career to my male contemporaries, I feel like they get a lot more opportunities to play lead roles and have a potential story in something, whereas women’s roles as the wife or the mother are limited. It’s a harder thing for women to navigate," she sighed to The Edit.

“I’ve always felt the need to prove [myself] again and again, and that can take its toll. On a frustrating day, it’s like, ‘Ugh, I want to do something else.’ But I know essentially it’s what I love to do the most, even when there are times that it’s hard.

“I really admire people who wait, who have the wherewithal to say, ‘I’m not going to just do anything, I’m going to wait for something I love, whether it’s big or small.’ I think there’s a bravery in that, which I have probably lacked.”

One person who has helped her feel comfortable in the business is her Damages co-star Glenn Close. Rose describes the icon as "more of a friend than a mentor", who has helped her come to terms with fame and the demands that come with it.

“We talk about how [acting] is a completely different game now. There wasn’t as much scrutiny and it wasn’t such a beauty pageant [before]," Rose explained. “I look to people I admire, like Glenn or Julianne Moore or Meryl Streep. Women who have incredible careers and lives and who look like women who are ageing normally. That’s really inspiring to me.”

Amid the stress the brunette beauty does find time to giggle, recalling a recent incident during a performance of her play You Can’t Take It With You, when one of the actors slipped and she had to leave the stage due to laughing so much.

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