Maggie Gyllenhaal, 37, Told She’s “Too Old” to Play 55-Year-Old Man’s Love Interest: Read Her Reaction!

Maggie Gyllenhaal
Maggie Gyllenhaal, 37, lost out on a role because she was "too old" to play a 55-year-old man's love interest Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

Hollywood ageism is still a thing — just ask Maggie Gyllenhaal. The actress revealed that she recently lost out on a movie role because she was "too old"(!) to play a 55-year-old man's love interest on-screen. Yes, seriously!

"There are things that are really disappointing about being an actress in Hollywood that surprise me all the time," she told The Wrap. "I'm 37 and I was told recently I was too old to play the lover of a man who was 55."

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The Oscar-nominated star — who memorably starred in the 2002 erotic romance Secretary, The Dark Knight, Mona Lisa Smile, Crazy Heart, and more — didn't go into detail about who turned her down and for what project, but the uncomfortable situation left her with mixed emotions. 

"It was astonishing to me. It made me feel bad, and then it made me feel angry," she added, "and then it made me laugh."

Gyllenhaal's revelation comes on the heels of Rebel Wilson's age controversy. It was confirmed this week that the Pitch Perfect 2 actress is actually 35, and not 29 like she's been claiming.

"OMG I'm actually a 100 year old mermaid formerly known as 'CC Chalice'….thanks shady Australian press for your tall poppy syndrome x," she tweeted on May 18, steering clear of the truth. "Okay but all jokes aside now…my real name is Fat Patricia x."

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