Using her mother Melanie Griffith and grandmother Tippi Hendren as examples, Johnson explained how the industry can make even the most talented actress feel unwanted. "Why isn't my mother in movies? She's an extraordinary actress! Why isn't my grandmother in movies? This industry is f---ing brutal," Johnson said. "No matter how tough you are, sometimes there's the feeling of not being wanted. It's absurd and cut-throat. Whenever I have downtime, I'm unsure that I will ever work again. I don't know what it is, but it's a definite thing that happens to me."
Johnson is only the latest actress to hit back at ageism in Hollywood. Last year, the 37-year-old Maggie Gyllenhaal was told that she was "too old to play the lover of a man who was 55." Helen Mirren backed up The Honorable Woman star, calling the situation "f---ing outrageous."