Melanie Griffith was one of the most popular actresses during the 1980s, but says the roles have dried up as she got older because of Hollywood's neurotic obsession with youth and beauty.
"In a lot of ways, [Hollywood] is a very superficial place,” Griffith, 56, told Fox News. “It is all about youth and beauty, for women anyway. You just have to keep biting and pushing your way through, doing theater."
Griffith, who won a Golden Globe in 1988 for the film "Working Girl," says she never imagined when she was younger than her career outlook would be so bleak once she hit her forties and fifties.
“It is what I never thought would happen when I was in my twenties and thirties, hearing actresses b*tch about not getting any work when they turned 50," said Griffith, who's married to actor Antonio Banderas, 53. "Now I understand it."
To keep herself looking as young and attractive as possible, Melanie admitted she exercises "a lot," combining gym workouts four days a week with hot yoga sessions. The mom of three has also gotten Botox injections and other plastic surgeries to ward off the ravages of age.
Griffith, who dismissed films today as "sh*tty and stupid and superficial," echoed sentiments made by other actresses, such as Meryl Streep, who said Hollywood views older women as "grotesque."
Similarly, actress Demi Moore, who at 50 has a better body than most women in their twenties, has confessed her struggle with aging and tortured body image. Pop icon Madonna has also slammed Hollywood ageism as demeaning and marginalizing.
But ageism in the film industry isn't limited only to women over 30 or 40. Actress Amanda Seyfried, 27, said a film executive suggested she get Botox when she just 25 years old. While the baby-faced blonde beauty refused the injections, she admits she's paranoid about getting older.