Renee Zellweger is talking honestly about aging and sexism in Hollywood.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the Bridget Jones' Baby star addresses the controversy surrounding her looks in the past couple of years.
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"I've never seen the maturation of a woman as a negative thing. I've never seen a woman stepping into her more powerful self as a negative. But this conversation perpetuates the problem. Why are we talking about how women look? Why do we value beauty over contribution? We don't seem to value beauty over contribution for men. It's simply not a conversation."
Right on!!! We love that she's so vocal about this!
Even her co-star in the film, Patrick Dempsey, admits that it's especially difficult for women in the industry:
"She should not have to face such scrutiny. Hollywood can be unsparingly brutal — and it's always worse for women."
Moreover, Patrick and Colin Firth aren't exactly spring chickens in the movie, but you won't ever hear the same rhetoric used against them.
We're just glad Renee has joined the chorus of actresses openly addressing this problem. We've come a long way since Hollywood's earlier days but we have a long way to go still.
A big thanks to the 47-year-old for continuing this important discussion!
[Image via The Hollywood Reporter]
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