“Hollywood Writes You Off When You Get Old And Fat” Says Susan Sarandon

Susan Sarandon

66 Year Old Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon has had an illustrious career that some can only envy or dream of. But it has not always been an easy road, and she gets into some real “behind the scenes” talk with Oprah Winfrey on her ‘Masterclass’ series on OWN.

She is definitely up there with the likes of Meryl Streep, Dame Helen Mirren, and Dame Judy Dench whose careers are continuing to be burgeoning beacons of hope for younger actresses in Hollywood wanting to maintain a long career. So how do women battle the Hollywod Stigma’s against ageing and the notion of “losing out” on opportunities simply because of changing appearances?

Aging, Sarandon says, is a large reason why older women have trouble finding work in Hollywood, perhaps more so than any other reason. “You’re so punished in this business. When people say, ‘Do you think you’ve lost work because of your politics?’ I say, ‘No, You lose work because you get old and fat!'” Sarandon says. “That’s when they write you off in Hollywood.”

So if aging happens to every single woman, how does that affect the way one views themselves?

“There’s the inevitability of the deterioration of the physical,” Sarandon explains. “That forces you to think, really, what is beauty and what survives?”

Sarandon thinks of beauty differently. She is not one to buy into cosmetic and plastic surgery. “I have nothing against people doing things that make them feel better about themselves,” she states. “But at some point, you have to shift to really wondering what kind of person you are… I think empathy and generosity are very attractive qualities that make you a beautiful person, whether you’re a man or a woman.”

“It’s a losing battle if you’re trying to still look 22. You’re going to be so disappointed.” Instead she encourages women to focus on inner beauty, rather than outward appearances.

“Your imperfections are what make you who you are. If you get rid of everything that is not symmetrical, you just start to look like everybody else.”

Sarandon counts qualities such as truthfulness, empathy, and being genuine as beautiful. “People who are healthy, happy and joyful are more attractive, so work on that.”

The heart of her message is to find beauty within, and not use your outward appearance as a means to get ahead in life. It will only last for so long until those inevitable wrinkles, creases and sags slow you down. Industries like acting, modeling and anything that is based upon how you look can be heartbreaking and tiring. But if you lead with your heart and your strongest traits, then you set yourself up for a lifetime of something that you can continually work on and improve, no matter what you look like.

Watch a clip from the Masterclass below…

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