updated 03/20/2012 AT 9:00 PM ET
•originally published 03/21/2012 AT 10:00 AM ET
If you want the truth about aging in Hollywood, ask Susan Sarandon.
“It’s true there aren’t that many good parts,” the outspoken actress, 65, says in an interview in the new issue of PEOPLE. “I’ve had my disappointments. It’s hard to be in this business and not be an alcoholic or a drug addict or bitter as an older woman.”
But, she adds, “that’s one of the things you have to make your peace with – or get out of the business because everyone has those moments. I’m not the only one.”
At an age when many actresses are relegated to granny roles, Sarandon mixes it up with such unexpected cameos as a seductive teacher on 30 Rock and Andy Samberg’s mom in Saturday Night Live’s “Motherlover” skit.