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Charlize Theron blasts ageist Hollywood

Published 05/04/2016

Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron is glad women are finally fighting back against sexism and ageism.

Actress Charlize Theron hates the fact there is an "unrealistic standard" of what a woman over 40 should look like.

The Mad Max: Fury Road star celebrated the milestone birthday in August last year (15), but despite her flawless features, she admits to still feeling a pressure to look a certain way.

"We live in a society where women wilt and men age like fine wine," she told Britain's GQ magazine. "And, for a long time, women accepted it. We were waiting for society to change, but now we’re taking leadership. It would be a lie to say there is less worry for women as they get older than there is for men... It feels there’s this unrealistic standard of what a woman is supposed to look like when she’s over 40," she explains.

It isn't the first time the South African beauty has spoken out about ageism, as she confessed to German magazine TV Movie last year she has the same image hang ups as most women.

"It's not easy," she said. "I'm just like all women in the sense that I sometimes find it hard to look in the mirror."

Charlize's good looks landed her a modelling contract when she was 16, before moving into acting, but she revealed to GQ how much of a struggle it was to be taken seriously in the beginning, and not be pigeonholed as the male lead's love interest.

"Jobs with real gravitas go to people that are physically right for them and that’s the end of the story," she sighed. "How many roles are out there for the gorgeous, f***ing, gown-wearing eight-foot model? When meaty roles come through, I’ve been in the room and pretty people get turned away first."

Thankfully Charlize persevered and has taken on acclaimed roles in movies including The Cider House Rules, Young Adult and Monster, for which she won a Best Actress Oscar in 2004.

She hasn't hung up her modelling hat forever though, as she has been the face of Dior's J'adore fragrance since 2004.

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