Elizabeth Banks


Age. It's inevitable. There is literally no scientific way to stop getting older (no matter how hard you might try on the outside), so why do Hollywood have such a problem with it?!

Let's throw things back to Spider-Man circa 2002. Tobey Maguire, at 27, was cast as the lead in the film, opposite 18-year-old Kirsten Dunst. But did you know Elizabeth Banks was originally set to be Mary Jane? We'll give you three guesses at why she was ditched…

Yep, at 28 years old, that's one year OLDER than Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth was told that she was too old to play Spider-Man's love interest. She wasn't turned away completely, landing the consolation role of newspaper secretary Betty Brant. Way to make a woman feel wanted...

And she's not the only one. Maggie Gyllenhaall revealed last year that she was turned down for a film role because of her age. At 37 years of age, Maggie Gyllenhaal was apparently too old to play the love interest of a 55 year old man – that’s an 18 year age difference, by the way.

Speaking to The Wrap magazine, Maggs said the news was ‘astonishing. It made me feel bad, then it made me feel angry, and then it made me laugh.’ We’re glad the girl has such a sense of humour, because we’d be pretty pissed. Imagine a twenty-year-old actress being old she was too old to play opposite a man in his near-forties – creepy, right?

Maggie Gyllenhaal at a premiere

Maggie got serious when she said; ‘There are things that are really disappointing about being an actress in Hollywood that surprise me all the time’. After it was revealed that Pitch Perfect’s Rebel Wilson lied about her age in 2015, and Oscar-winning actress Jessica Chastain refused to reveal her age because she wanted to play a range of ages throughout her career. Hollywood needs to wake up and realise that women aren’t past their prime until…well, never. Just look at Helen Mirren!

Not that we even need to tell you, but there’s seriously no need to worry about the years creeping by. Just look at these six super-confident women over the age of 37 on why they’re felling better with each decade that flies by.


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Jennifer Lopez, 46: 'From the time I was very young, I was told there was nothing wrong with my body type. Some people are told they’re too heavy or too thin or too tall or short, but at the end of the day you have to appreciate who you are. I’m not a 6-foot-tall model. I’m not size 2. And when I came to Hollywood, that’s what the world was filled with. I was fine being me and I think that changed a lot of people’s thinking'.

Jennifer Aniston, 47: 'I was a dumpy teenager. My mum was a model and was all about looks, so I rebelled by going goth. It took me years of peeling back the onion to finally stop using make-up as a mask and feel comfortable in my skin'.

Sofia Vergara, 43: 'I'm not going to lie, I liked being in my 20s. Youth makes everyone look good. But as you get older, you figure it out. You get more confident — and that's beautiful'.

Elle Macpherson, 52: 'I'm almost 50, so I obviously don't have the same body that I had when I was 20. But I also don't have the same mindset either, when I was wracked with self-consciousness and insecurity. Now I really appreciate my maturity as a woman, my depth of spirit and soul and my understanding of who I am and what's important to me'.

Penelope Cruz, 42: 'Age holds absolutely no fear for me. There is so much enjoyment ahead'.

Cameron Diaz, 43: 'I like the way that I look now better than when I was 25. I can’t help that other people may be uncomfortable with that, but that’s not my responsibility to make them feel okay with the fact that I’m getting older. I’m okay with it. I like it.'

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