My favorite posts here on Stage 32 are the ones that inspire we creatives, actors, and filmmakers in the "second act" of our lives. Because, let's face it, we live in a culture that holds high the accolades and beauty of young, successful men and women in the industry.
Of course we can see now that all of that is changing. Slowly.
Actress and screenwriter Paula Jean Hixon made that clear in her comedic short film, "Are You My Mommy," which takes a look at how women of a "certain age" are typically portrayed in Hollywood:
But women aren't alone in this battle. Check out this post where I list lots of actors who didn't hit their peak until their later years.
But I digress.
When Ann Dowd (Handmaid's Tale) was in her 30's, she was walking into a restaurant to work a shift. Across the street was a theatre, and on the marquee was the name of one of her classmates. She broke down, wondering if and when her time would ever come.
She says it was a small voice within that told her exactly when she'd have her break.
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