Acting in Hollywood is a tough gig. Many people spend their entire lives waiting for breakthroughs that never come. Most would consider themselves lucky if they get a few choice roles in small budget productions.
That said, women usually have an even harder road to traverse in Hollywood. Besides the #MeToo travesties, there’s ageism, sexism and any number of forms of discrimination. For women who have achieved some success, those cherished bright spots make the job worthwhile.
Today, we thought it would be interesting to discuss women Hollywood just isn’t casting enough. Some of them have achieved great success but are now held back by some of the above factors. Others have never quite gotten their breakthrough turn in the spotlight.
The most common reason why actresses start getting fewer and fewer parts is their age. Often, if you are not young enough to play a teenager and not old enough to play a teenager’s mother or grandmother, Hollywood is not interested in telling stories that include you. Men can star in action roles well into their 50s and 60s, while women largely disappear. Such seems to be the case for women like Catherine Keener, Lucy Liu, Janet McTeer and Marcia Gay Harden.
Mo’Nique is another women whose age might present challenges for her, but she has also been dogged by perceptions that she is difficult to work with. After winning the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in “Precious,” she has largely disappeared from the movie scene despite obvious talent.
Frieda Pinto burst onto the scene in 2008’s “Slumdog Millionaire.” She was a fresh face credited with breaking many of the stereotypes about Indian women in Western films. Since then, she has been largely relegated to short films and animated productions. In sharp contrast, her “Slumdog Millionaire” co-star, Dev Patel has gone on to enjoy a quite successful career with high profile releases like “Lion” and “Hotel Mumbai.” Hopefully more work is ahead for Pinto.
Paz Vega is a Spanish actress who made a splash opposite Adam Sandler in “Spanglish” in 2004. Since then, her notable roles have been few and far between. This year, she will star in “Rambo: Last Blood,” so perhaps this will start a virtuous cycle.
Kimberly Elise, Rosie Perez, Zooey Deschanel and so many others are all examples of women Hollywood could shine more of a light on. But we want to hear from you!