“Unrealistic standard”

Charlize Theron criticizes belief that “women wilt and men age like fine wine”

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Charlize Theron has had it with the idea that “women wilt and men age like fine wine” as they get older. The actress said there is an “unrealistic standard” for what women are supposed to look like as they age compared to men, comments that came while doing press for her latest film, the prequel to Snow White and the Huntsman called The Huntsman: Winter’s War. Theron said she would only sign onto the prequel if she were paid the same as her male co-star, Chris Hemsworth. The pair both made more than $10 million for the roles. “It would be a lie to say there is less worry for women as they get older than there is for men,” Theron said. “It feels there’s this unrealistic standard of what a woman is supposed to look like when she’s over 40.”

Theron has been outspoken about gender disparity in Hollywood, campaigning for equal pay since the 2014 Sony hacks revealed the wide pay gap between male and female stars, and speaking out about how a woman’s physical attractiveness can impede her ability to get serious roles in films.

Read the full story at The Guardian.


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