Newswire: Meryl Streep and Jessica Chastain weigh in on ageism in Hollywood

Earlier this week, Russell Crowe declared that the disparity between the number of roles for men and women over the age of 40 in Hollywood mostly stems from, “the woman who at 40, 45, 48, still wants to play the ingenue, and can’t understand why she’s not being cast as the 21-year-old.” Unsurprisingly, Crowe’s female colleagues are now weighing in.

In his interview, Crowe referred to Meryl Streep as a woman who has successfully accepted roles appropriate for her age bracket. Streep was asked about his comments at a press junket for Into The Woods, and her response—seen in the video below—is best described as “diplomatic.”

Streep first clarified that she felt Crowe’s comments were “misappropriated” and that he was actually speaking more about himself and his own career than about women in Hollywood. She went on to say, “That aside, I agree with …

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