Amanda Pendolino
August 21, 2013

Melanie Griffith Slams Hollywood Over Roles for Women Her Age

Melanie Griffith isn’t happy.

The 56-year-old actress, best known for ’80s hit Working Girl (a.k.a. the best movie ever!), recently gave an interview with Fox411 to promote her new independent thriller The Dark Tourist in which she also lamented the lack of meaty roles for women — especially women of a certain age.

“It is what I never thought would happen when I was in my 20s and 30s, hearing actresses bitch about not getting any work when they turned 50. Now I understand it, it is just different. In a lot of ways, (Hollywood) a very superficial place,” she said.

“It is all about youth and beauty, for women anyway. You just have to keep biting and pushing your way through, doing theater. I believe in just being really good and working on my craft which is how I started in the first place. I really like that as opposed to the fame part of it.”

She continued: “In this day and age … most of the scripts are so shitty and stupid and superficial. It’s not that I get that much stuff anymore. But I do read my husband [Antonio Banderas]’s scripts and what he is offered … The movie business has changed. I don’t go to the movies these days because there is nothing to see. There is not very much, some little movies, but the big movies are all cartoons and super heroes.”

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Photo credit: Featureflash / Shutterstock.com

Melanie’s not alone in her discontent. Back in June, Ellen Page said in a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” session, “Considering there are so few roles for women and the roles that do exist can be so narrow in their idea of what a woman can be, it is extremely important to me to be involved with projects where the girl is in charge of her own destiny and is honest and well written.” But at 26, Ellen may not realize it’ll get worse and worse as she gets older.

Melanie is glad to at least have her role in The Dark Tourist, plus a new gig as Scott Caan‘s mom in CBS drama Hawaii Five-0. Still, she makes a salient point about the dearth of good roles for aging women, and the proliferation of male-dominated superhero movies. The big-budget box office flops of 2013 may finally get studios to do some reevaluating (some even say studios should prepare for the “death of superheroes”) — but despite the flops, studios are on track to make record profits this summer.

Photo credit: Joe Seer / Shutterstock.com

Photo credit: Joe Seer / Shutterstock.com

One beacon of hope may be the summer hit The Heat, which starred Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock. Its June release marked the biggest opening for both actresses, who are 42 and 49 respectively. Let’s keep supporting films about women of all ages!