Andie MacDowell has been a fixture in Hollywood since the 1980s, and, at 61, she’s seen how much the industry discounts older women. “Most roles are written around thirty-year-olds. They don’t explore the life of mature people,” she tells Jezebel. “We’re somebody’s mother or grandmother. Every once in a while we get lucky and we’re an interesting mother or grandmother.”

In her new film Ready or Not (currently in theaters), it’s the former. MacDowell plays Becky Le Domas, the matriarch of an extremely wealthy family. Becky has both an undying love for her son and a fierce determination to murder her future daughter-in-law on the couple’s wedding night.

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In our interview, MacDowell talks about her Ready or Not character (describing her as “an evilly empathetic person”), aging (and being asked about aging), and how film has changed since MeToo and Time’s Up.

Watch the video above.

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Andie MacDowell is an actress of very limited range and her looks benefited her early career tremendously. I HATED her in Four Weddings and a Funeral, she annoyed the hell out of me in Sex, Lies and Videotape, and it seemed so appropriate yet infuriating to me that she was in Greystroke: The Legend of Tarzan but all of her lines were dubbed by Glenn Close. Yet...over the years she has become an incredibly likable and charming screen presence, who seems entirely comfortable with herself and enjoys playing women who are as well. She was fun in supporting roles in Beauty Shop and Magic Mike XXL, and she is an absolute delight in Ready or Not, which we saw a couple of weeks ago and thoroughly enjoyed.

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