Liv Tyler, the daughter of Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, has fallen into the Hollywood age trap. She says she’s struggling to find meaningful roles because she’s now 38, too old to play the ingenue and too young for more mature parts.
“There are more interesting roles for women when they get a bit older,” she says in a new interview with More magazine.
Actresses like Helen Mirren, Julianne Moore, Judy Dench and Susan Sarandon, who range in age from their late 50s to mid-60s are finding work in interesting and award-winning roles.
Other 30-something actresses like Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain are also landing serious roles, the kind she’d like to have. But Tyler believes she’s handicapped.
She started acting in her early 20s in mostly sexy, ingenue roles in films like “That Thing You Do,” and “Empire Records.” As a result, she thinks she’s been typecast as a sex kitten. But she’s too old by Hollywood standards to play those parts, she says.
“It’s not fun when you see things start to change. When you’re in your teens or 20s, there is an abundance of ingenue parts which are exciting to play,” she says. “At [my age], you’re usually the wife or the girlfriend, a sort of second-class citizen.”
Tyler is one of a long list of actresses who have bumped up against Hollywood’s penchant for younger actresses, going back to the 1940s and 1950s.
In the 1967 movie, “The Graduate,” Anne Bancroft was cast as the mother of Dustin Hoffman’s girlfriend, played by Katherine Ross. Yet, Bancroft was only six years older than Hoffman and nine years older the Ross.
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