Andie MacDowell, who stars in new black comedy horror film Ready or Not, just responded to ageism in the film industry in the best way.
Andie MacDowell is a huge part of rom-com history, after starring alongside Hugh Grant in Richard Curtis’ Four Weddings and a Funeral. She played Carrie, “the American with the great hat” who Grant’s character, Charles, spends the whole film trying to woo. Together, they created one of the most iconic rom-com scenes ever, all thanks to a little rain.
Although that role is the one she is most synonymous with, MacDowell was no one-hit wonder. Before Four Weddings, she received a Golden Globe nomination for her role in Sex, Lies, and Videotape. And she has appeared in a string of much-loved films, including Groundhog Day, Town & Country and Love After Love.
MacDowell is now returning to our screens once more in new black comedy horror film, Ready or Not. She plays Becky Le Domas, who is the “evil yet empathetic” matriarch of a very rich family. She leads the dark story, which follows Becky and her family’s attempt to hunt and kill her son’s new wife in a twisted game of hide and seek. Yes, it sounds very weird, but colour us intrigued.
It looks to be a thrilling role for MacDowell, but she has revealed that getting the part in the first place was a “miracle” because of the constant sexism she faces.
“It would be great if I was just sat here going ‘oh gee I wonder what project I want to work on’. I can tell you that’s not what happens at 61,” she told Jezebel.
“When I was in my 30s it was a little bit like that, where I had projects coming to me, now I’m just hoping to find a project and once in a while a miracle happens.
“Most roles are written around 30-year-olds, they don’t explore the lives of mature people: we’re somebody’s mother or grandmother.”
MacDowell also revealed that when she turned 40, journalists constantly asked her: “How does it feel to turn 40 and know you’re not going to work anymore?”
This new role, along with her work as a L’Oreal ambassador, prove that MacDowell isn’t going anywhere just yet.
Watch the trailer for Ready or Not
Ready or Not is released in UK cinemas on 27 September 2019.
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