Charlize Theron Says 'Pretty People Don't Always Get Movie Roles', Twitter Revolts

Is there such a thing as too beautiful?


In a recent interview with GQ, Charlize Theron spoke out about the difficulty of being too beautiful for the acting industry:

'Jobs with real gravitas go to people that are physically right for them and that's the end of the story. How many roles are out there for the gorgeous, f***ing, gown-wearing eight-foot model? When meaty roles come through, I've been in the room and pretty people get turned away first.'


Not having been in the room ourselves, we can't verify that this is the case, but the Twitter community have gone overboard in their rejection of Charlize's plight for the pretty person. 



Even Heather Matarazzo (you know, Lily from The Princess Diaries), stepped in to say that this wasn't the case, retweeting an essay she wrote that suggests people deemed unattractive are rejected much more frequently.

It's important to note, though, that Charlize did go on to discuss some important things in the interview, though, bringing up the disparity of reactions in the film industry to older men and older women:

'We live in a society where women wilt and men age like fine wine. And, for a long time, women accepted it. We were waiting for society to change, but now we're taking leadership.

'It would be a lie to say there is less worry for women as they get older than there is for men... It feels there's this unrealistic standard of what a woman is supposed to look like when she's over 40.'

By speaking up about age discrimination - and, what's more, its potential for change - Charlize is doing her bit to out the industry. That's valuable, even if the poor-pretty-me plight is dubious.

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