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Jennifer Winget: An actor can romance a heroine half his age but not vice versa

TV actor Jennifer Winget says female actors in Hollywood don’t have an age barrier when it comes to bagging roles, unlike the Indian TV and film industry.

tv Updated: Jul 06, 2017 11:52 IST
Anjuri Nayar Singh
Anjuri Nayar Singh
Hindustan Times
Jennifer Winget,Beyhadh,Madhuri Dixit
TV actor Jennifer Winget says it’s humbling to know that the younger generation of television actors look up to her.(Instagram/jenniferwinget1)

Television actor Jennifer Winget feels that age should not be more than a number when it comes to actors getting opportunities in the film and television industry. While she feels that the idea of a heroine having a shelf life is gradually fading, she says that it will take time for it to completely vanish.

“I’d like to believe that the industry has come a long way. Female actors are no longer primarily known for their looks — their outstanding performances also get talked about. But it’s also true that the ratio of new faces being introduced, is far more than the current crop of talented actresses,” says Jennifer, who has worked in shows such as Saraswatichandra and Dill Mill Gaye.

The actor doesn’t understand why older male actors romancing younger heroines is considered normal,but vice versa is not accepted. “Technically, the more mature the actor is, the better the performance, right? It’s okay for a Bollywood actor to romance an actress half his age, but why not the other way round?” she says.

Drawing a comparison with the West, Jennifer adds, “We look to them for everything else, but I don’t see Meryl Streep dealing with age as a barrier when acting in some of the best films cinema has to offer. But times are changing...Madhuri Dixit, Kajol, Sridevi, Priyanka Chopra... have all been carving a niche for themselves and it’s great,” she says.

Jennifer, who acts in the show Beyhadh as Maya Sharma, has often been looked up to younger actors who aspire to make it big on small screen. Talking about this, she adds, “This is both humbling and encouraging. Though it doesn’t add to any pressure, the only challenge when you are leading by example, is to do so by your personality that goes beyond acting. So it feels worth it.”

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First Published: Jul 06, 2017 11:51 IST