Antonio Banderas says society, not just Hollywood, is to blame for the unfair pressures put on women today to maintain their youthful sex appeal.
"I try to be as natural as possible. I understand though, especially [for] women, the tremendous pressure that they receive in a place like Hollywood, where thousands of new girls arrive every year all fresh and new, and when you're getting to a certain age, they can feel the push of these things," Banderas said in a recent interview with the UK's Press Association.
The actor, 54, says when it comes to getting older, men have it easier than women, not just because of Hollywood, but because of societal standards. "It's more cruel unfortunately for women than men," Banderas said. "There's a social convention that allows men to grow older and not be so criticized and pushed about beauty, and for women it's different. It's ridiculous, but that's the way that we created image around ourselves."
Despite the pressures of the industry, he's previously spoken out against plastic surgery, saying it just isn't for him. "I think everybody can do what they want to do but I am starting to like grey hair and wrinkles and find them interesting," Banderas said in a 2011 interview with The Telegraph.
Banderas, it seems, has accepted his aging and continues to make films, like "The Spongebob Movie" he is currently promoting. Meanwhile, his ex-wife, Melanie Griffith, has lashed out at Hollywood, saying finding good movie roles in her 50s has been a challenge. "It is what I never thought would happen when I was in my 20s and 30s, hearing actresses bitch about not getting any work when they turned 50," she said in a 2013 interview. "Now I understand it, it is just different."
Seems like Banderas, unfortunately, has hit the nail on the head.