Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are splitting. This was the
big news recently. The press wrote many pieces about the split, but there was
one piece which grabbed my attention.
In an article in 'Time', Daniel D'Addario wrote, "He's a
reasonably talented, vastly decorated actor-director who's funny on Morning
Joe; she's a movie actor whose most productive years are definitively behind
Talented actress Maggie Gyllenhaal recently admitted, "There are things that are really disappointing about being
an actress in Hollywood that surprise me all the time," she told The Wrap.
"I'm 37, and I was told recently I was too old to play the lover of a man
who was 55."
Her most productive years are behind her? Jennifer Garner
is a successful actress who also happens to have three kids. She's juggling a lot. Sounds to me like she's kicking ass and has the ability to do whatever she
wants and, by the way, she's only 42.
I want to see stories about women my age right now.
By writing her off as if she's done, you sound like you are
from the 1950s Daniel. Are you? Are your most productive days behind you?
Is Daniel right, is he just stating the Hollywood obvious?
Are all the plum roles dried up and shriveled up once we women hit a certain
I want to see stories about women my age right now. I have found that women are so incredibly ripe with
stories the older we get, especially during the child-rearing years. Yes, there
could be more stories out there for and about women and moms over the age of
Hollywood is slow to change on this front, but there are a
growing number of women in the entertainment industry who are breaking out and
sharing their stories either in the theatre world or if they get lucky on new
venues such as Netflix or Amazon.
But Daniel, please stop writing about an accomplished
woman as being over at the age of 42.