"Stephen Follows from IndieWire decided to take a much more proactive route. He investigated 422 successful romantic comedies (released between 1984 and 2014), in a bid to see just how much older male actors are than their female counterparts.
Unfortunately, his findings might just make your head explode. Turns out, while the average age gap between male and female actors is four and a half years, the average age of women on screen has never been older than that of their male partners. And although the age gap does become ever-so-slightly smaller in female-directed films, women have only directed 12 per cent of all romcoms in since the mid 80s." via Marie Claire UK