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Parks and Recreation star hits out at Hollywood ageism

Amy Poehler
Amy Poehler

By Keiran Southern

Actor Amy Poehler has challenged Hollywood to take on its ageism problem.

Poehler is directing and starring in Netflix comedy Wine Country, which sees a group of long-time friends go on a wine-tasting trip in California to celebrate a 50th birthday.

The film - also starring Maya Rudolph (46), Rachel Dratch (53) and Tina Fey (48) - has been praised for celebrating middle-aged women, a group Hollywood has often been accused of neglecting.

Parks and Recreation star Poehler (48) said ageism was "systemic" in the industry but suggested one change could help tackle the problem.

She told the Press Association: "Here's a simple fix. If you're a director, a male director, or a male actor and you have a spouse in your movie, make them the same age as you. I think that's an easy fix. That's my challenge to them. If you're 50, have your wife be 50. See how that feels."

She said while Hollywood was changing, women were still "discarded" after a certain age.

Poehler first found fame as a cast member on US comedy show Saturday Night Live, through which she met Wine Country co-stars Ana Gasteyer, Paula Pell and Emily Spivey.

They are all friends in real life and the film was inspired by a real trip they all took to the Napa Valley.

Wine Country is available on Netflix from today.

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