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Quote of the week: Emma Thompson on being a woman in her 50s in Hollywood

— by Alyson Walsh

Emma Thompson in Late Night

I’m a bit late to Late Night but there’s been World Cup football to watch. Starring Emma Thompson as Katherine Newbury a long-serving, late-night chat show host, ‘ 28 years and counting’ and written by and co-starring Mindy Kaling as Molly the ‘diversity hire,’ the film addresses inequalities in the broadcast industry. Ratings are down and Newbury is about to be replaced is by a young misogynistic comedian with a big YouTube following; until Molly (the new/only female in the writer’s room) persuades her to embrace her position as a woman over-50, mention the menopause – and put up a fight.

 

Photo: Emily Aragones, Courtesy of Amazon Studios

 

Thompson’s wardrobe is as outstanding as her performance, a chic-as-you-like collection of sharp trouser suits: navy blue pinstripes teamed with a white silk pussy bow blouse, a glorious gold tuxedo jacket and a lustworthy midnight blue sequinned two-piece, often teamed with Stella McCartney platform brogues. The comedy has been compared to 30 Rock, it’s not as funny, but I did laugh out loud when Newbury ends up doing live stand-up at a charity benefit. After a slow start, she finally grabs the audiences attention by speaking honestly about ageism and gender inequality in show business:

‘I’m a woman in my 50s in Hollywood, what am I going to do? Play Sean Penn’s grandma in a movie that features Emma Stone as his childhood sweetheart? I’ll probably need to have a facelift just to play the voice of a wise tree in a Pixar movie, ” Take that old face and go and sit in the dark somewhere…'”

Not on our watch.

 

 

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