Nicole Kidman early in her career – just take a look at the work she’s done over the past few years Big little lies, undoand now, Being Ricardos. She’s also the latest Hollywood actress to respond to anti-aging discrimination and the idea that her career ended at the age of 40.
Kidman is happy to be candid about criticizing aging stereotypes as she has dominated her career by producing many of her rich and dynamic projects for a woman in her fifties. “There’s an industry consensus that as an actress, in about 40 years, you’re done,” she revealed to Dugour. “I’ve never sat in a chair and heard someone say, ‘You’re past your due date,’ but I’ve had times when I’ve refused and closed the door on you.” She realized the power was in her hands and had to keep “changing and moving,” just as Lucille Ball had done to become a pioneer in the television industry. (See her amazing photos here.)
This isn’t the first time the Oscar winner has expressed her disappointment in the entertainment industry for not seeing women as they age. They bring wisdom and depth of character — and yes, they’re still sexy. “I was frustrated – because so many women are in different jobs – at the idea of being told, ‘Okay, that’s it. I’ve been through this period where everything is going to be fine and now that you’re in your forties, we’re not so much interested in telling your story or with your thoughts or who you are as a woman or as a person,” she said to mail on sunday‘s You are magazine.
Kidman also has the support of other power players in Hollywood with Reese Witherspoon, Paulina Porizkova and Halle Berry making big statements about changing society’s view of women. This call for change extends far beyond television and film, so these women are using their platform to help bring about a meaningful shift in the concept of being a woman — and allowing them to have their say at the table.
Before you go, click here to see all the famous women who have spoken out about ageism.