Famke Janssen got candid regarding her termination from the series, X-Men, in a new interview with the publication, Us Weekly. The Goldeneye alumni – who played Jean Grey in four movies – revealed to Us that she would not be replaying her role in the upcoming X-Men films.
She explained that she didn’t give up, “they gave up on me. There’s a big difference.”According to the 52-year-old actress, they hired Sophie Turner to play a much younger version of Jean Grey.
Janssen claims that casting directors fired her due to sexism because older men get to continue to play in movies, but not older women.
She said, “It was their decision, you know? It’s what happens in life.” Jamke added, “just like men trade women in for a younger model version. It’s like that.”
During the interview, Jamke said that the older versions of male characters are allowed to exist in the films, but it’s just the female versions that are left out.
The actress explained that once women pass a certain age, they’re no longer viable to play a particular role in a film, as opposed to men, who are “allowed to be both ages.”
In other Jamke-related news, the actress revealed she is playing the mistress of Viola Davis in the film, How To Get Away With Murder.
Janssen said she is a “powerhouse” and an “incredible actress.” Jamke stated she is so glad to be working alongside her because the chemistry right from the beginning was self-evident. They get along great, and the way they work together on the set of the film is superb.