Hollywood discovers the middle-aged woman

Posted Monday 28 Feb 2022

Hollywood discovers the middle-aged woman

Thanks to the streaming wars, stars in their 40s are finally getting interesting roles, writes Helen Lewis in The Atlantic.

"In 2019, a 60-year-old Emma Thompson explained her sudden career renaissance. She had spent her youth playing romantic leads, but once she turned 40, she said, she could fill such roles only “in a pinch.” 

Then another decade passed, and the opportunities became interesting again. Hallelujah! In the past five years alone, Thompson has played a High Court judge in The Children Act, an uptight television host in Late Night, and the British prime minister (twice)."

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