Anne Hathaway, 32, is losing roles to younger stars: ‘I was that 24-year-old once’

Anne Hathaway discusses her take on ageism in Hollywood and says she can't complain because she benefited from it.

Anne Hathaway discusses her take on ageism in Hollywood and says she can’t complain because she benefited from it.

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Anne Hathaway is only 32, but she’s already starting to feel the sting of Hollywood ageism.

The Oscar-winner, whose upcoming comedy “The Intern” with Robert De Niro hinges on ageism in the workplace, admitted to Glamour UK that the acting roles she once easily clinched are going to much younger actresses. Although she’s only slightly removed from that demographic, Hathaway said she’s surprisingly OK with it. (Which is the polar opposite of comedian Amy Schumer’s take on the issue.)

“I can’t complain about it because I benefited from it,” the October cover star said. “When I was in my early 20s, parts would be written for women in their 50s and I would get them. And now I’m in my early 30s, and I’m like, ‘Why did that 24-year-old get that part?’ I was that 24-year-old once. I can’t be upset about it; it’s the way things are.”


We’re looking at you, “Brokeback Mountain,” “Rachel Getting Married” and “Love & Other Drugs.”

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Despite being passed up, “The Princess Diaries” alum (and scorn of the Hathahaters) is earnestly optimistic about her career trajectory, largely in part to her accumulation of accolades, including an Academy Award, Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy Awards.

“All I can do right now is think that thankfully you have built up perhaps a little bit of cachet and can tell stories that interest you, and if people go to see them, you’ll be allowed to make more,” she told the mag.

Glamour UK’s October issue goes on sale Monday. “The Intern” hits theaters Sept. 25.

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