<p>Kate Beckinsale made a great point about having a young male lover on-screen.</p>

<p>Kate Beckinsale made a great point about having a young male lover on-screen.</p>
In 'The Only Living Boy in New York,' Kate Beckinsale has a romance with a 21-year-old. So what’s the big deal? Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images. Age may be just a number. But in Hollywood, it's a number that reflects a totally BS double standard between men and women.Just ask Kate Beckinsale.The actor sat down with Chelsea Handler on the comedian's Netflix talk show alongside "Transparent" creator Jill Soloway and actor Niecy Nash to discuss current roles for women in the industry. During their chat — which garnered attention online for Nash's excellent explanation of why diversity goes far beyond "black and white" — Beckinsale brought up a particularly absurd double standard she experienced firsthand on the set of her new film.In "The Only Living Boy in New York,” Beckinsale's character has sexual relationships with both a 21-year-old (played by Callum Turner) and his father (Pierce Brosnan). The public's response to each relationship says a lot about how we view gender, age, and romance on-screen, Beckinsale told Handler."Women on television are doing different things," Handler said to the actor. "In your movie, you’re having an affair with a 21-year-old.""And his father," Beckinsale, 44, interjected to cheers from the audience.Beckinsale continued:"The thing I found funny about it was, in that movie, I’m having an affair with a married man, who’s Pierce Brosnan. They got paparazzi pictures of [me and Brosnan] shooting — they’re like, 'Wouldn’t they make a lovely couple in real life?' And actually, they made a big deal out of the [21-year-old actor] being very young. But he’s 16 years younger than me, and Pierce is 21 years older than me. And I thought, that’s really interesting, because nobody bats an eye about the age gap that way. You can be a 90-year-old man, everybody goes, 'go for it.'" Beckinsale (second from right) and Turner (right) alongside other cast members of "The Only Living Boy in New York." Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images. Beckinsale's experie