Emma Thompson has said she believes ageism and opportunities for women in the acting industry have become worse not better,reports Sky News. The Oscar-winning actress’ latest role is that of a 77-year-old prostitute in The Legend Of Barney Thomson.
Speaking to the Radio Times she said the current situation is “still completely s***, actually”. “I don’t think there’s any appreciable improvement and I think that, for women, the question of how they are supposed to look is worse than it was even when I was young.
“So, no, I am not impressed, at all.” The star is one of many who have spoken out about inequalities in the entertainment industry.
In June Dame Helen Mirren called ageism “f****** outrageous”. “We all watched James Bond as he got more and more geriatric, and his girlfriends got younger and younger. It’s so annoying,” she said at The Wrap’s Power Women Breakfast.
At 56, Thompson said the role in Robert Carlyle’s film was one she found wildly comic and irresistible. Carlyle said he wanted Thompson as he needed an actress “who wasn’t going to show any vanity”.
Of her transformation, she said: “People often want to hear some tremendously banal thing like ‘Oh my God, it is just so awful looking at myself’.
“But I can’t offer up anything like that. You are creating a character. It is not you anymore, it is a character that you can then inhabit.”