Jessica Chastain has spoken out against Russell Crowe’s controversial comments about older women in the movie business. Russell was speaking to The Australian Women’s Weekly when he said: “To be honest, I think you’ll find that the woman who is saying that [the roles have dried up] is the woman who at 40, 45, 48, still wants to play the ingénue, and can’t understand why she’s not being cast as the 21-year-old. If you are willing to live in your own skin, you can work as an actor. If you are trying to pretend that you’re still the young buck when you’re my age, it just doesn’t work.”
Now, the Interstellar actress has spoken out about Russell’s comments, saying that despite the number of amazing actresses out there, they're simply not getting the roles: “I think there are some incredible actresses in their 50s and 60s that are not getting opportunities in films. And for someone to say there are plenty of roles for women that age – they’re not going to the movies enough.”
She also added that it seemed as if Russell was "getting his foot stuck in his mouth".
Meanwhile, Meryl Streep has defended Russell’s words, saying that he was "misappropriated" and was talking about himself. She then continued to say that she agrees with his words, claiming: “It's good to live in the place where you are.”