- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Actress Emma Thompson, who plays a 77-year-old prostitute in her newest film “The Legend of Barney Thompson,” says sexism in Hollywood is more prevalent now than when she started out as a young actress.

“I think it’s still completely s– actually,” Ms. Thompson said in this week’s issue of Radio Times magazine. “I don’t think there’s any appreciable improvement and I think that for women, the question of how they are supposed to look is worse than it was even when I was young. So, no, I am not impressed at all.”

The actress admitted her latest film is “a bit ageist” as she’s only 56.

“It would be really nice to get someone who is actually 77 to play her, but it’s a wildly comic role and I couldn’t resist,” she said.

“When I was younger, I really did think we were on our way to a better world and when I look at it now, it is in a worse state than I have known it, particularly for women and I find that very disturbing and sad,” Ms. Thompson continued.

“So I get behind as many young female performers as I can and actually a lot of the conversations I have with them are about exactly the fact that we are facing and writing about the same things and nothing has changed, and that some forms of sexism and unpleasantness to women have become more entrenched and indeed more prevalent,” she said.

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