Hilary Duff has discussed how she felt “pigeonholed” in Hollywood after having her son.
The 29-year-old actress is mother to Luca, four, whom she shares with ex-husband Mike Comrie.
While Hilary is currently enjoying success with her hit U.S. TV show Younger, she found that becoming a parent in 2012 had a dramatic effect on the roles she was offered in the entertainment industry.
“I feel like I was judged for having a baby too soon, and getting married too soon and now, I’m pigeonholed for being a mom,” Hilary said during an interview on U.S. chat show The Talk on Thursday.
It’s not just being a mother that can lead to being judged though. Jennifer Aniston recently spoke about society judging her for not having procreated, and Hilary praised the actress for being a “beautiful role model, and a smart woman to have the courage to say these things in Hollywood”.
“Lots of women in the industry that don’t have a child yet are judged,” Hilary continued. “We (women) are the most in demand and the most desirable, but the most judged and the hardest on one another. It’s so much scrutiny.” Hilary also referenced the differences between the way men and women are treated in Hollywood.
Gender equality is a hot topic in the industry, with the actress admitting she hates the fact that women are subjected to so much more attention than their male co-stars.
“Nobody cares about men’s personal lives as much as women,” she vented. Hilary’s appearance on The Talk comes after it was reported she has ended her relationship with personal trainer Jason Walsh just three months after going public with the romance.
However, it always seemed unlikely the pairing would go the distance, as Hilary told Younger co-star Nico Tortorella on his podcast The Love Bomb last month that she didn’t foresee herself walking down the aisle again. ”
It just seems scarier than ever because of how much attention celebrities get because of their personal life now and how much focus is on that and how much one person can say one thing and how much impact it can have. It’s crazy,” she said.
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