Who would you saw are the most accomplished actresses of today? The Hollywood Reporter has gathered together its top eight for 2015, and we’re thrilled to report that three of our favourite over 60s are represented.
Each year, The Hollywood Reporter hosts an Actress Roundtable to talk all things acting and superstardom. This year, the gathered women were, Cate Blanchett, Kate Winslet, Jane Fonda, Brie Larson, Helen Mirren, Jennifer Lawrence and Charlotte Rampling, British actor and star of the new film 45 Years.
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During the roundtable, the actresses talked about everything from acting to motherhood, to peeing onscreen. The whole interview will air in January but here are some of the best moments:
Jane Fonda spoke about her reluctance to become an actor, saying she would probably have been a landscape architect if she hadn’t started acting.
“I never wanted to be an actor. My dad was an actor, and he never brought joy home, so I didn’t view it as something that I would want to do. But I got fired as a secretary, and then I started studying, and Lee Strasberg said I was talented, so I started doing it just to earn money. And it took me a long time to learn to love it. And what I loved was telling a story. I tried to avoid making plays or films that weren’t telling a story that I felt was important. And what I discovered in the process is, it makes you more empathic because you have to enter someone else’s reality and you learn to see through many other people’s eyes.”
When asked if the fear went out of acting as they got older, Helen Mirren said, “Of course, absolutely. It never stops. Younger actors say, ‘As you get older, as you’ve done it more, does the fear go?’ Noooo. Sorry. It gets worse, actually.”
The interview also asked whether is was hard to find good roles and all three older women assured him it was once you reached a certain age. And what age is that?
“I’m told over 40, although what I did when I was in my 40s was I simply produced my own movies because no one offered me anything,” said Fonda. “But certainly after 50 it’s hard for a woman, which is why television is such a welcoming thing.”
Congratulating Jennifer Lawrence on her recent statements about the gender pay gap in Hollywood, Mirren said, “We’ve got to stop being polite. If I ever had children, which I don’t, the first thing I’d teach a girl of mine is the words “f— off.”
Charlotte Rampling had this to say about the benefits of being an older woman in Hollywood: “You become more and more charged with your life and with a life that you’re observing. When I was younger, I was actually looking forward to getting older, to having more insight, more understanding. I’m much more tolerant with others and with myself. I’m not in rebellion all the time, I’m not angry so much. But all those feelings are really useful [when you’re young] because they fire us, as long as they don’t get out of control.”
Do you agree that these are the most accomplished women on our screens at the moment? Are you happy to see older women included in the mix? Who’s missing?