[[UsefulNotes/SouthAfrica South African]]-American actress, born August 7, 1975, best known for such movies as ''Film/{{Monster}}'', ''Film/{{Hancock}}'', ''Film/{{The Italian Job|2003}}'' remake, ''Film/TheDevilsAdvocate'', ''Film/AeonFlux'', ''Film/TheRoad'', ''Film/YoungAdult'' and ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad''.

!!This actress provides examples of:
* BeautyInversion: Her role in ''Film/{{Monster}}'', which won her an [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Oscar]].
* EruditeStoner: Was once photographed by paparazzi making a bong out of an apple.
* {{Dyeing for Your Art}}: She put on over 20 pounds of weight, shaved off her eyebrows and wore prostethic teeth while filming ''Film/{{Monster}}''.
** She also shaved her head to play Furiosa in ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'', and did it again for reshoots after it grew back.
** She also dyed her hair black to play title character in ''Film/AeonFlux''.
* FakeNationality: Charlize has yet to play someone who's actually South African (although her character in ''Film/MightyJoeYoung'' lives in Africa, she's American).
* FanDisservice: Beautiful as she is, she's not really known for doing ''enticing'' nude scenes...
* {{Fanservice}}: ...But for every ''Film/TheDevilsAdvocate'' or ''Film/{{Monster}}'' there's a ''Film/ReindeerGames'' or ''Film/TheCiderHouseRules'', among several other exceptions to the above.
* LargeHam: In both ''Monster'' and ''Film/SnowWhiteAndTheHuntsman''.
* NoPronunciationGuide: In trailers and media appearances, her last name is pronounced "Ther-ON." If you encounter any white South Africans (Afrikaners) and mention her by name, they will go out of their way to remind you that her name is pronounced like "throne."
* RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor: She won an Oscar for playing serial killer Aileen Wuornos in ''Monster'' and later portrayed the evil witch in the film mentioned above. In contrast, she has been involved with numerous charities.
* OneOfUs: Apparently, she's hugely into ''Series/GameOfThrones''.
* OldShame:
** She isn't fond of being in ''Film/ChildrenOfTheCornIIIUrbanHarvest'' - then again, seeing as her death scene in it was like [[AllAnimeIsNaughtyTentacles a Tentacle Hentai]] [[{{Squick}} gone horribly]] [[FanDisservice HORRIBLY wrong,]] you really can't blame her.
** She doesn't care much for ''Film/ReindeerGames''.
* PrettyInMink: In ''Film/MenOfHonor'', she was a {{Socialite}} in a blue dress and brown mink stole. She invites Carl, who is aspiring to the the first black American naval diver, to an all white club, just for a lark. Sunday even notes her attire to ascertain her motives.
** In a 1999 issue of ''Magazine/VanityFair'', Charlize [[NakedInMink posed nude save for being wrapped in a full length white fox coat]]. The cover even declared her a "[[http://cdn-1.historyguy.com/moviesandtvhistory/charlize-theron-vanity-fair-cover.jpg White Hot Venus]]".
* UsefulNotes/SouthAfrica: Became famous at a time when it still wasn't very popular to be white and from South Africa, thanks to apartheid. When she hosted ''Saturday Night Live'' during the 26th season (2000-2001), Tracy Morgan pointed out that technically Charlize Theron is African-American (despite being of white European ancestry), since she was born in an African country and came to America.
** Jay Leno made the same joke after she won the Oscar, saying that she was the second African-American woman (after Halle Berry) to win Best Actress.
* StatuesqueStunner