Trivia / Charlize Theron

  • Acting in the Dark: She confessed that at some points in Mad Max: Fury Road, she had no idea what she was actually filming.
  • Career Resurrection: A slower build than some, but appearing prominently in Snow White and the Huntsman and Prometheus in the same year helped establish a reputation as one of Hollywood's Action Girls in The New '10s. With Mad Max: Fury Road, she won the critical acclaim that brought it about. Notably she had been trying to develop Atomic Blonde for years, and Mad Max's success helped guide it. A spin-off was even developed about Furiosa, rather than just having her appear in the sequel.
  • Doing It for the Art:
  • Dyeing for Your Art: invoked
    • She put on over 20 pounds of weight, shaved off her eyebrows and wore prostethic teeth while filming Monster.
    • She also dyed her hair black to play the title character in Ĉon Flux.
    • She also shaved her head to play Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road, and did it again for re-shoots after it grew back. As a result, she had to wear a wig for A Million Ways to Die in the West.
    • More recently, she put on 35 pounds for her role in the upcoming Tully.
  • Fake American: invoked She has yet to play someone who's actually South African (although her character in Mighty Joe Young lives in Africa, she's American).note 
  • Fake Brit: She puts on a passable English accent for her role as Queen Ravenna.
  • Funny Character, Boring Actor: Inverted. Known for playing various dark characters, and she's found herself playing a lot of humorless Ice Queens in The New '10s. In interviews she's very goofy, and claims that when she met Barack Obama, she accidentally invited him to a strip club. She also happily describes herself as a Gasshole on set.
  • Money, Dear Boy: The Sony email hacks revealed that Chris Hemsworth was being paid $10 million to do The Huntsman: Winter's War. Charlize refused to reprise her role unless she was paid the same amount. As she was a proven Box Office draw, she was granted this.
  • Old Shame: invoked While she doesn't regret getting the chance to work with John Frankenheimer, like everybody else involved in Reindeer Games she doesn't think much of the final film.
  • Playing Against Type: Her comedic role in Arrested Development as childish Cloud Cuckoolander Rita Leeds who turns out to be mentally retarded, a marked stark contrast to her action or dramatic fare.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • She was offered a part in Showgirls but turned it down, not wanting to appear nude. She changed her mind by the time The Devil's Advocate came along.
    • She was meant to play Elizabeth Shaw in Prometheus but a scheduling conflict led her to drop out. When her schedule freed up, Noomi Rapace had been cast as Elizabeth - so Charlize played Meredith Vickers instead.
    • She dropped out of J. Edgar to star in Snow White and the Huntsman.


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