Justine Bateman is promoting her new book, Face: One Square Foot of Skin. It’s about how society treats women as they get older. Which is… not so great. Justine asked her buddy Carrie-Anne Moss to moderate an online conversation about the topic on behalf of New York’s 92nd Street Y. The pair discussed Hollywood, plastic surgery, and the pressure to “fix” their naturally aging faces. Carrie-Anne, now 53, said the day after her 40th birthday her agent actually sent her a grandmother role. What in the Gilmore Girls hell?!
via The Hollywood Reporter:
“I had heard that at 40 everything changed,” said Moss, who is now 53 and prepping for the release of The Matrix 4 in which she reprises her role as Trinity. “I didn’t believe in that because I don’t believe in just jumping on a thought system that I don’t really align with.
But literally the day after my 40th birthday, I was reading a script that had come to me and I was talking to my manager about it. She was like, ‘Oh, no, no, no, it’s not that role [you’re reading for], it’s the grandmother. I may be exaggerating a bit, but it happened overnight. I went from being a girl to the mother to beyond the mother.”
“Beyond the Mother”... oo, I like that. Somebody use that title to make a horror movie about a grandmother who sucks the youth out of her grandkids.
Carrie-Anne said that it was a rough transition that men don’t have to go through. She adds:
“You don’t feel like you’ve aged much and suddenly you’re seeing yourself onscreen,” she said, adding that it’s “kind of brutal” witnessing the process. “I would look at these French and European actresses and they just had something about them that felt so confident in their own skin. I couldn’t wait to be that. I strive for that. It’s not easy being in this business. There’s a lot of external pressure.”
55-year-old Justine says she finds it “psychotic” that society has normalized women “cutting up” their faces to look younger. She adds that she gets a lot of criticism for not getting any work done. For the record, here’s a picture of naturally aged Justine, which appeared in a recent Vanity Fair article:
— Justine Bateman (@JustineBateman) April 10, 2021
So now that Carrie-Anne’s in her fifties, does that mean she’s getting offered even older roles? Bitter old crones and ancient witches? Oo, she could play Grandmother Willow, that tree from Pocahontas! And if they do a Driving Miss Daisy remake, she could play Miss Daisy…’s centenarian mother! Psh, see? There are options for older actresses.