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Geena Davis: The actor decided she's too old for his partner

Geena Davis: The actor decided she’s too old for his partner

Geena Davis, known, among others from “Thelmy and Louise”, has been seen recently including. In The Exorcist, he continues his critique of ageism in Hollywood. The actress hates the film industry’s practice of ignoring older actresses. Davis spoke about her experience on Alison Coogill’s podcast “The Allison Interviews,” referring, inter alia, to an actor who has openly said he’s too old to play his partner.

Geena Davis criticizes anti-ageing in Hollywood

Davis revealed in an interview that she was denied the role because a potential screen partner and lead actor considered her old, even though he was older than her himself. It’s so weird all over the placeI explained. One actor said I was too old to play his girlfriend. And I was twenty years younger than him! Davis did not reveal the intended actor.

Gina Davis and Susan Sarandon at the show “Thelmy and Louise” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in January 2020

The peak of a woman’s career comes when she is 20-30 years old. Men rise at the age of 40-50 yearsThe actress developed the theme. Male celebrities like to look younger than they actually are or be attractive to younger audiences, so they always want to have younger screen partners. This is why women in their forties and fifties are not represented. They are considered old for being a companion.

Davis added that actresses in their fifties rarely get major roles, make up 20% of the characters we see on screen and are usually supporting characters.

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Geena Davis – How do we know her?

Geena Davis is an American actress, who won an Academy Award (for “Random Tourist”) and a Golden Globe (for “The President”). In her film there are, among others “Thelma and Louise” (1991), “Beetlejuice” (1988), “The Long Bedtime Kiss” (1996), “Their Own Team” (1992) and the series “The Exorcist” (2016- 2017). For her fight against age prejudices in Hollywood, she received 2019 Jane Hersholt from the American Film Academy.

Watch the episode “Shortcuts” dedicated to the movie “Thelma and Louise”: