Actress Brooke Shields criticized the entertainment industry for not portraying women over 40 and said actresses like her were “grazed” once they were past their twenties.
During the Oprah Daily this week, the 57-year-old actress told Gayle King how “furious” she was because, as far as the industry is concerned, a woman is either in her twenties and hot, either carrying Depends – there is no representation for women in between.
“I’m still in a quarry; I’m always working; I’m here and I was shocked at how unrepresented I was,” Shields explained in a preview of the interview posted Thursday on Oprah Daily Instagram.
“Either you’re 20 and hot and fabulous, or you’re into Depends and have dentures,” she added. “There is this vitality at the center of this slice, it’s like from the age of 40 we begin to live in our lives. And we are not marketed. We are finished.
“Once you’re done [a certain age], you stop working; you’re, like, put out to pasture,” the “Endless Love” star continued. “I was irritated by that.”
The comments echoed the ‘Pretty Baby’ star’s sentiment recently when she appeared on Spotify’s ‘The VeryWell Mind’ podcast with therapist Amy Morin, and the two discussed the subject of ageism, Yahoo News Noted.
“We just got used to the way we’re talked about, and we’re told you get to a certain age and they just put you out to pasture,” Shields explained. “Oh, your ovaries won’t keep the world going anymore, so we’re just going to regroup you there. You had a good run, and that’s just not the truth. I mean, I don’t feel it.
The actress explained that it was all about “young people”, something she admits she didn’t think about when she was in her 20s.
“It’s flashy and it’s fabulous and that’s the idea,” Shields said. “And the idea is that’s the only time you’re really alive and vibrant. And I think we just got used to it. And I obviously didn’t think to question it when I had a twenty years.