Oscar winner Charlize Theron is the last person many would expect to complain about her beauty. Yet she did in an interview with British GQ published this month, alluding to losing acting roles because of her looks and stature.
“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?” the star, who transformed her body to play serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster and shaved her head for Mad Max: Fury Road, griped. “When meaty roles come through, I’ve been in the room and pretty people get turned away first.”
Theron’s criticism didn’t sit well with many, including actress Heather Matarazzo and others who took to social media to voice their opposition to her comments, saying they ignore a more prevalent bias against actresses who don’t meet Hollywood’s beauty standards or that she seems ungrateful for the work she has landed. At the premiere of her latest movie, The Huntsman: Winter’s War, in theaters April 22, she revealed in an interview with ExtraTV that reading the backlash “was rough.”
Theron, whose casting in Fast & Furious 8 was announced earlier this month, said it was “a huge misunderstanding, and I’ve never really spoken in that way,” also telling Access Hollywood that what she meant didn’t translate well and is, “somewhat shocked by how it got so misquoted.”
“I have always been honest that when I was a model 20 years ago it was hard to walk into a [casting] room, and I had to prove myself,” the 40-year-old explained to ExtraTV. “Today I’m so lucky that I’m in a place that I don’t have to. But I’m grateful for that, too, because it gives you character and it makes you who you are, and you don’t want everything to kind of come easy.”
You can see her full response in the video below.