Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren speaks her mind against ageism in Hollywood…
The lady did not mince her words at TheWrap’s Power Breakfast in New York on Tuesday, calling it “f-cking outrageous” that 37-year-old Maggie Gyllenhaal was recently told she was too old to play the lover of a 55-year-old man.
“It’s f—-ing outrageous,” said Mirren, who turns 70 this year, to a packed room of more than 120 women entertainment, media, theater and digital. “It’s ridiculous. And ’twas ever thus. We all watched James Bond as he got more and more geriatric, and his girlfriends got younger and younger. It’s so annoying.”
The Academy-Award and recent Tony winner opened up about that and many other topics, including feeling fearful in her work and how she dislikes being referred to as “sexual,” despite her reputation. “I don’t like the word sexual. There are people who are sexual, and who are less sexual. But there’s got to be another word. Sexual is so limiting.”
She said appearances can deceive and her stellar career comes with its share of jitters. “I’m frightened all the time, of everything, really. The point is not to be afraid of the fact that you’re afraid. You get on with it.”
A digital panel debated the future of media and technology, while veering into a heated discussion about the role of women in leadership in those industries.
The panel included Rachel Sklar, founder of Change The Ratio/The List; Shelley Zalis, CEO of IPSOS OXT; Joanna Pena-Bickley, head of IBM Interactive Experience; Gayle Troberman, Chief Marketing Officer of iHeartMedia and Whitney Bouck, SVP of Global Marketing at Box.
The breakfast was hosted by Waxman, Karen Appleton of Box, Nancy Dubuc, CEO of A&E Networks, Ruth Vitale, CEO of Creative Future, film and theater producer Paula Wagner and Jill Wilson, SVP of of SGN.