Susan Sarandon Interview – The Meddler – “I was told flat out, under no circumstances, you didn’t want to work past forty”
Sarandon went onto take top billing in The Witches of Eastwick, Lorenzo’s Oil, The Client and Little Women. And after four Oscar nominations, she finally won her gold statuette for her unforgettable portrayal of Sister Helen Prejean in death row drama, Dead Man Walking.
Turning 40, then 50 and 60, did little to stunt her career.
In her latest movie, The Meddler, she plays Marnie, a recent widow who moves from Jersey to LA to be closer to her scriptwriter daughter, Lori [Rose Byrne] but ultimately ends up driving her insane with her constant contact and attention.
Q: It used to be the case that actresses over 40, they were done…
SARANDON: I was told flat out, under no circumstances, you didn’t want to work past forty. Or more, you didn’t have a choice, it wasn’t going to happen. That was the rule!!
And you definitely didn’t have kids. Because sex appeal, immediately gone. Wasn’t that the most ridiculous thing to say? So thankfully we’ve gotten past that way of thinking.
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