Who says there’s an age bias in Hollywood? Tinseltown’s oldest actresses are proving there are still plenty of strong roles for women of advanced age. For these five women, being elderly isn’t necessarily a career death-sentence.
Anna Kendrick, 29
Long ago, this current star of the aca-popular Pitch Perfect franchise shined onscreen alongside Hollywood superstars like George Clooney, but at 29 she began using her girlish good looks as a means of covering up her rapidly advancing age. It was a bold move, but it definitely paid off. After it was announced that Kendrick will star in Pitch Perfect 3, even hardcore fans worried her brittle bones might not be able to handle the intense choreography required for the film. Do we think this is the end of Anna? No aca-chance.
Emma Watson, 25
The world first fell in love with Watson as the character Hermione Granger in the much-beloved Harry Potter films. However, by the time the series wrapped up in 2011, Watson was already 21 and showing signs that she wasn’t as young as she used to be. Last year, however, she reemerged to snag a role in the biblical film Noah, where she played a character who was thousands of years old. “100 percent believable!” said Peter Travers of Rolling Stone.
Emma Stone, 26
Stone, who you know from being both incredibly funny and insanely attractive in classic films like Superbad and The Help, managed to score another juicy role in this summer’s Aloha, despite being even older than Emma Watson. Now what were you saying about an age bias?
Jennifer Lawrence, 24
The industry’s most recent “It Girl” is well beyond the expected retirement age for women in Hollywood and rumors are studio execs have been looking for ways to let her go for years now, but have been unable to get around California’s strict age-discrimination laws. Lawrence recently took a $20 million payday to star in the upcoming sci-fi flick Passengers, which should set her up quite nicely for when she finally does decide to call it quits.
Quvenzhané Wallis, 11
Want to feel old? It’s been more than two years since Wallis became the youngest woman ever nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her role in Beasts of the Southern Wild. These days, Nazie (as the kids in her fifth-grade class call her) can be seen in a pretty silly ad for an osteoporosis medication.