Charlize Theron doesn’t care if you like her or not!
During a conversation with Adam Driver for “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors,” the Oscar winner opens up about her history of portraying female anti-heroes.
“I built a career on playing people you don’t like,” the 44-year-old dished. “I remember so vividly working with George Miller on ‘Mad Max: Fury Road.’ There was this concept of a woman saving five young women. That, on its own, I was like, ‘No, who wants to play the woman who’s saving all the other women?’ There has to be some human experience there that is faulty, self-serving, angry, aggressive, that it’s not all the right reasons. You don’t always do things for the right reasons.”
The South African actress continues her streak of playing problematic protagonists in the new film “Bombshell,” where she takes on the role of real-life journalist Megyn Kelly.
“Megyn Kelly, of course, can be incredibly polarizing,” she said. “People either love her or they hate her. She makes no excuses for that. Those are the rules that are handed to me. I have to obey by those rules.”
Of course, Theron herself knows what it’s like to be controversial.
“But I would be lying if I didn’t say that I can relate to being a woman on a different degree, experiencing those same thoughts about me. I have heard people describe me as cold, or hard, or a -----. You know what I mean?” she explained. “I can always find that thing that might not be so attractive and bring it back to just human circumstance. That’s a human that I know. The perfect stuff is hard for me to relate to.”
As the saying goes: Well-behaved women seldom make history!