Why actor Juliet Stevenson decided to get married after 29 years


You noted a dearth of interesting roles for older actresses, but enjoyed a successful career that spanned about four decades. Are you an outlier? Oh, sure. I’ve seen so many wonderful actresses fall by the wayside because roles simply ran out after they turned 40. There is terrible unemployment for wonderful actresses. I’m really lucky, but I still think the roles I play aren’t as interesting as those of my male counterparts. I very often play someone’s wife, someone’s mother or, now, their grandmother. It’s good and I’m grateful for the work. I get wonderful roles in theater sometimes, but film, in particular, is a bit of a wasteland for women over 40, really.

Is it just sexism or something else? It’s a form of misogyny in the sense that women over 40 are just not seen as very interesting. Once they are seen as no longer beautiful, which in itself is quite misogynistic, the loss is huge, because life really does get more and more interesting. Women are getting sexier, funnier, wiser, wittier, tougher! And if they don’t, their fragility and vulnerability is interesting.

What is your worst habit? Deprive me of sleep.

What can’t you physically do that you wish you could? A back somersault.

And what can you do that you think, “Thank God” for? To run. A rather long and rather fast path.


Correct me if I’m wrong, but your husband Hugh Brody… In fact, we’re not quite married yet! We’ve been together for 29 years and we’re getting married in three weeks. [early December, at time of interview].

Congratulations! Hugues is an anthropologist. What did you find sexy about him when you first met? Oh, I just thought he was the most handsome man I had ever laid eyes on.

Twenty-nine years later, what do you find sexy about him? I always look at him and think, “You’re the most handsome man I’ve ever laid eyes on.” I am not stupid. I really do.

You’ve been together so long without being married. What changed ? It’s partly fiscal. If you are unmarried, have children together and have lived together for decades, they take a lot of taxes away from you. I used to think, “What’s the use [of marriage]”My parents had a rocky marriage, and I didn’t really see what it did for women. What’s the point of this one? It’s an old-fashioned idea; we don’t need it. You stay with someone because you love him. You work very hard, you take care of your children together. Why do I need a piece of paper? But I changed my mind. I love him very much, a lot. We’ve been on a great journey together, and I like the idea of ​​standing in front of the world, in a very small way, and saying, “He’s my man; he’s my person. And once as marriage began, including same-sex marriage, I thought, “Okay, this institution has really changed for the better now.”


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