Charlize Theron revealed to Harper’s Bazaar a “little” experience from her early days as an actor, in which an unnamed male director made repeated attempts to make her look “more fuckable” on set. Oscar winner “Monster” said that one of her biggest annoyances when she was just starting out as a professional actor was men who control what she wore on screen.
“Having no control over what you wear is something that really annoyed me for years,” Theron said. “When you get a pass almost in front of you by some guy—that sort of thing, that’s really belittling. When I started, there was no conversation around it. It was like, ‘This is what you wear.’”
Theron continued: “I remember one movie in particular, this male director who just kept bringing me in, pass after pass after pass after… And it was just so obvious it had to do with my sexuality and how fuckable she made me. could make in the film, and when I started, that was kind of the norm.”
Fighting back against Hollywood’s urge to sexualize women has been a constant theme in Theron’s career. She founded her production company, Denver & Delilah, in 2003 after her experience making “Monster” and feeling that the film’s financiers wanted “a hot lesbian movie with me and Christina Ricci” rather than the more nuanced vision. that director Patty Jenkins had in mind. Theron made sure ‘Monster’ didn’t become what the financiers wanted.Read:Oprah Winfrey & Apple End Content Deal – Deadline
“There is a natural struggle in me to want to create environments [on set] that feel like the things I wanted 30 years ago when I started,” Theron said, noting that her Netflix movie “The Old Guard” was shot with an 85% female cast and crew. I don’t always get it right, but I’m very aware of looking at the big picture and saying, ‘Is this really the best we can do?'”
Theron will star in “The Old Guard 2” for Netflix, and she has the Netflix fantasy film “The School of Good and Evil” streaming October 21.