Why? Her true age is listed on the website. And as any actress will tell you, ageism is definitely an issue in Hollywood. Face it: can you name ten actresses who work regularly (and by regularly I mean “more than one movie per year”) that are over the age of 45? How about 50? 60? It seems that male actors get a bit of a leeway — heck, I have no qualms about seeing Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger in action roles even though both of them are over sixty. I can’t say I’d be as interested in seeing a sixty year old woman in something similar (although Helen Mirren was awesome in Red). We’ve seen actors play leading roles well into their seventies — for actresses, well, that’s simply not an as common opportunity. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “The woman, who is said to be of Asian descent, says in the complaint filed in federal court in Seattle that she signed up for the pro version of Internet Movie Database in 2008. Soon thereafter, she noticed that the legal date of her birth was listed on her public profile. The plaintiff believes that the site was able to obtain her information because in signing up to IMDb Pro, she was required to give detailed personal and credit card information.”
The complaint filled in court goes on to state, “If one is perceived to be ‘over-the-hill,’ i.e. approaching 40, it is nearly impossible for an up-and-coming actress, such as the Plaintiff, to get work as she is thought to have less of an ‘upside’ therefore casting directors, producers, directors, agents/managers, etc. do not give her the same opportunities, regardless of her appearance and talent.” She claims to have asked the website to remove her age numerous times, but her request has not been fulfilled.
There’s definitely two sides to this argument; after all, age-shaving is a tried-and-true practice in the acting industry. Then again, shaving off a few years won’t really help you if you don’t actually look that age (I mean, how many actors in their late twenties are playing teenagers on weekly teen dramas?), and talent always rises to the top regardless of age. Then again, do you consider your birth year “private information”?
Let us know what you think, readers! What are your thoughts on the lawsuit?