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Actors on the Street

"I generally don't disclose my age, because I don't look 49 years old. I don't like to offer anything that can limit the industry's perception of me. I prefer that they use their own powers of perception. It's the same reason I don't use my true Hispanic name (Rivera). I actually don't look Hispanic, so I wouldn't want anyone with casting power to limit me to Hispanic roles."

—Vic River

New York

"When I am asked my age, I tell the truth: I am 48 years old. I was born in 1960 and appreciate the time that I've been blessed to have here and hope that I am granted the opportunity and wisdom to age gracefully."

—Emma Terese

New York

"I do not disclose my age, only my age range, because I don't want to be pigeonholed into a certain age bracket. It's very sad, but women are treated like cartons of milk ready to expire past a certain date. It used to be that the older someone was, the more they were hired, because life experiences made you a better actor. But now it's all about youth, regardless of how bad the acting is. I don't think it's the industry's business, or anyone else's, what age you are. All that should matter is how well you can do your job."

—Seregon O'Dassey

New York

"I never disclose my age when I go to audition. I believe people in showbiz should care about my age range, my looks for the part, my acting, and the energy I bring in. When I am asked about my age, my answer is always, 'I'm as old as I look.' Why should I reveal my 'secret' if I look much younger than my real age?"

—Muneer Katchi

Glendale, Calif.

"Are you kidding? To quote Mary Kay, 'A woman who would tell her age would tell anything.' "

—Lorraine Serabian

New York

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