Trivia / Charlize Theron

  • Black Comedy: Is apparently prone to this. Jason Reitman, who directed her in Young Adult, commented "I think Iím one of the darkest people I know, and she can out-dark me under the table."
  • Doing It for the Art: Says that her main motivation is the chance to work with people like John Frankenheimer, Ridley Scott, Jason Reitman, Diablo Cody, George Miller...
  • Dyeing for Your Art:
    • 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 title character in ∆on Flux.
    • She also shaved her head to play Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road, and did it again for reshoots after it grew back.
  • Fake Nationality: Has yet to play someone who's actually South African (although her character in Mighty Joe Young lives in Africa, she's American).note 
  • She Really Can Act: After being considered a bit of an "It" Girl for being perfectly fine in a string of generally forgettable films, she got this for Monster. Roger Ebert called her work one of the greatest performances in the history of the cinema, and admitted that having walked into the film after the opening credits, he didn't even realise it was her until he saw her name in the closing credits.
  • Method Acting: Has said in interviews that she started out trying to do this, but found it too hard to keep up, especially in a film like The Devil's Advocate where her character got so completely put through the wringer (and, it's implied, in the service of a fairly tacky story.) By the time she made Monster, she'd learned to lighten the atmosphere on set by making jokes.
  • Old Shame: 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.
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