Charlize Theron has cleared some air around some commonly-held beliefs. The stunning actress said in an interview with GQ that it’s not the most good-looking women in Hollywood who get the best roles. She said that roles with “real gravitas” go to those actors who are “physically right” for the role.
She doesn’t mince words, saying, “Jobs with real gravitas go to people that are physically right for them and that’s the end of the story. How many roles are out there for the gorgeous, f***ing, gown-wearing eight-foot model? When meaty roles come through, I’ve been in the room and pretty people get turned away first.”
Charlize also talked about ageism in Hollywood and society in general. She said women have to meet pretty unrealistic standards of how they are supposed to look once they hit 40.
“We live in a society where women wilt and men age like fine wine. And, for a long time, women accepted it. We were waiting for society to change, but now we’re taking leadership. It would be a lie to say there is less worry for women as they get older than there is for men… It feels there’s this unrealistic standard of what a woman is supposed to look like when she’s over 40.”
She certainly has a point there!
Charlize Theron talks about South Africa very tenderly and says that it’s very hard for people in her home country to believe she has a very strong connection to it.
“I love my country. And it’s very hard for South Africans to believe that, because I left and speak in an American accent. I have a very, very strong connection to my country and to its people. It’s the mother that might have abandoned me, in a weird way, but not all the way. I’m not having a pity party, but I’m constantly trying to win its love back.”
Charlize Theron’s not the first actress to speak against the discrimination that pretty women face in Hollywood. Megan Fox told the New York Times in 2009 that attractive women are often mistaken for being stupid or dumb.
“The problem is, if they think you’re attractive, you’re either stupid or a whore or a dumb whore. The instinct among girls is to attack the jugular.”
It’s not just Charlize Theron’s quotes on beauty that have made headlines. Hollywood Life reported that she is supposedly in a relationship with Ben Affleck.
OK! Magazine said that they have an “insane connection,” adding, “It’s time for them to act on the passion that was sparked all those years ago.”
The sources stated that the two were seen flirting with each other quite openly and that although Jennifer was there at the same party, Ben was interested in Charlize.
“They could finally flirt freely, and it was electric,” the source gushed.
However, the couple were forced to keep their interaction low-key as Jennifer was also at the party.
“Jennifer was there, so Ben and Charlize limited themselves to a relatively quick conversation before going their separate ways.”
It has even been said that the two consciously avoid high-profile restaurants because they don’t want to be seen with each other and that the two want to keep their relationship private.
“One thing’s for certain,” the source said. “You won’t see them on dates at high-profile restaurants. It’ll be their little secret for as long as possible.”
Do you think Charlize Theron is right about what she says?
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