I’m thrilled when a mature man or woman is carrying the lead role in movies, but it’s probably because I’ve always had a special passion for elders. However, the recent trend towards more boomers and seniors commanding the screen represents an important and long overdue cultural shift.
Our society is youth-obsessed, and while a positive view of youth is not entirely wrong, there needs to be a balance. There needs to be an equally positive view of age, and while we’re moving in the right direction, we’ve still got a long way to go.
Attitudes may be changing in part because of the boomer surge, and maybe because popular actors and actresses who are over 50 seem to be like fine wines, getting better with age.
A recent Huff/Post50 article seems to confirm this theory, offering a slideshow of the hottest 50+ women who will be gracing the silver screen in the coming months (along with the films they’re starring in). Here’s a few of the fabulous females on the list:
- Sally Field, age 65, as Mary Todd Lincoln in the upcoming film “Lincoln,”
- Sigourney Weaver, age 62, as the Queen of the Vampires in “Vamps,”
- Susan Sarandon, age 65, in “The Big Wedding” and “Cloud Atlas,”
- Bette Midler, age 66, who will play opposite the hilarious Billy Crystal in “Parental Guidance,”
- And one of my personal favorites, the fabulous Dame Judi Dench, age 77, who will be back as “M” for the new James Bond movie.
Besides the fact that all of these women are incredibly talented, I think their unmistakable confidence — the comfort in their own skin that radiates from each one of them — is what makes them so inspiring and magnetic.
We have much to learn about living a full and active life at any age from these women, and I believe it probably boils down to what this image and its accompanying words illustrates (from a Facebook community aptly called Women Hold Up Half the Sky):
Talk back: What do you enjoy about getting older?