Act Your Age

TitleAct Your Age
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsHunt, E, American Association of Retired Persons
Date Published12/2018
Publication LanguageEnglish
AbstractHollywood’s problem with casting actresses over 40 is well documented. Research shows that female characters are consistently younger than their male counterparts, and film history provides a lengthy list of examples, from 44-year-old Woody Allen paired with a teenage Mariel Hemingway in Manhattan to just about any modern-day Scarlett Johansson or Jennifer Lawrence movie. There is a saying that art imitates life, but when it comes to Hollywood is it the other way around with life imitating art? Every time we see older man paired with younger women are our stereotypes and prejudices about aging reinforced? Some would argue that people can vote with their pocketbook. That is, if audiences wanted to see older actors, they would demand it. Others suggest that that lack of representation of older actors shapes our perceptions and how our society views older people and that actors should “act their age.”