Jacki Weaver, known for her breakout role in “Animal Kingdom,” recently spoke out about how the industry has been so welcoming to her. As opposed to many actresses who have spoken out about the lack of roles or how their looks affect their jobs, the 69-year-old Australian actress is declaring that “60 is the new 40.”
“There are lots of great roles for women my age,” she told The Daily Telegraph, adding that she hasn’t faced any opposition from Hollywood. “I have never come across any of that. Remember, I am in my late-60s and under 5ft, so maybe those sorts of things don’t apply to someone like me. Perhaps it happens to younger actors.”
“But, in my opinion, sometimes you get a job and sometimes you miss out,” she continued. “It’s pointless to blame it on people’s prejudices. From what I’ve seen there are lots of really plain girls doing well. Lots of fat girls, too. I think everyone is getting a go.”
While Hollywood was never in her plan, the actress has been happy to be accepted and continues to be offered roles. “I had a very successful career in Australia for a long time,” Weaver noted. “After ‘Animal Kingdom’ I won the Jury Prize at Sundance and it changed things. Suddenly I got an agent and a manager over here and lots of award nominations. When I got the Oscar nomination it all sort of snowballed from there.”
Yes, Weaver’s case is different than most actor’s journeys. After her big recognition she’s kept busy and has even had to turn away some parts that ended up going to actresses such as Meryl Streep, Susan Sarandon and Goldie Hawn. So, she may not have had hardships like other women in Hollywood, (and there is still a lack of equality between the sexes), but at the same time she can’t be blamed for her luck either.