‘Opportunities for older actresses not improving’ – Stockard Channing
Grease actor Stockard Channing has said she “isn’t optimistic” that opportunities for older female performers will improve.
Speaking at a press event for Apologia in London, in which she plays art historian Kristin, Channing argued that the situation has not changed “up to now”.
She said: “Kristin is a woman of a certain age, she’s American but she came to make her life in Europe, and she’s a big feminist, a big leftie. She’s a very outspoken, intelligent, sometimes dictatorial kind of person.”
Channing added: “There are not very many [good roles for older women] so when I read this I thought this is great, this is interesting, let’s pursue it. It would be nice [for there to be more roles like this] but I’m not optimistic.”
Channing said that actors were limited by the parts that had been written.
She added: “The situation hasn’t [got any better] up to now. The point is, you just play as it plays – I’m a pragmatic person.
“I can’t really answer [how the situation could be improved], it’s just the way of the world. It’s the people who want to write or do write who could answer that.”
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