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Charlize Theron – Photos and Quotes

"You don't have to win an Oscar to do something good for your country. We all can do that." -- Charlize Theron (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“I’ve always been very proud to be a South African and I’ve always been very honest to people about that. And whatever I can do in my power, I promise you, I will do. I don’t think it’s too much pressure. I think it’s our duty as citizens of this country. You don’t have to win an Oscar to do something good for your country. We all can do that. If I can be an encouragement for that I’ll be glad to be that.” — Charlize Theron

 

“I think of myself as a highly sexual creature. I have to use that. I have no choice. I like it. I didn’t grow up with a mother telling me what was under my clothes was bad or evil.” — Charlize Theron

Photo: 2 Days in the Valley (1996)

 

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"I wanted to be an actress, and my mom, who was here visiting me, encouraged me and bought me a one-way ticket to Hollywood. I didn't even know Hollywood was in Los Angeles." -- Charlize Theron (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“I was unhappy being a model. I never looked at it as a career. I could just never understand the business. I moved into a Tribecca loft with three other people, and I survived on, like, $5 a day. New York was frightening, the speed and tempo of it, and I only took modeling jobs to pay the rent…I wanted to be an actress, and my mom, who was here visiting me, encouraged me and bought me a one-way ticket to Hollywood. I didn’t even know Hollywood was in Los Angeles.” — Charlize Theron

Photo: That Thing You Do

 

“I was knocked out when she came in to read. Obviously, she’s jaw droppingly beautiful, but she’s also intelligent and is a real movie star in that she has a vulnerability that makes audiences care about her. If she makes the right choices and has a bit of luck, I think she’ll do very well, because she’s highly motivated and takes acting quite seriously.” — Jonathan Lynn, director of Trial and Error in 1997.

Photo: Trial and Error (1997)

 

“When I got sent the script for Devil’s Advocate, all I knew was that Taylor Hackford was directing it, and I was a big fan of his movies. I read it, and aside from the story being wonderful, I really fell in love with the character of Mary Anne Lomax, the wife of the character played by Keanu Reeves. It’s so hard to find real…characters. I read with Keanu for Taylor, and he said, ‘If I were blind, the part would be yours. But the problem me and Warners have is that you might be too beautiful for the character.” — Charlize Theron

 

“I love acting so much that I need to be challenged by the work as an actor. And that’s why I wanted to do this film, because as an actor, it wasn’t just about the special effects. It was about telling a story.” — Charlize Theron

Photo: Mighty Joe Young (1998)

 

“I always try to play my characters as truthful as I can. I think it’s a responsibility when you’re a woman.” — Charlize Theron

Photo: The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001)

 

“I love playing a character who has no guilt as far as living her life the way she wanted to. It was fun to play somebody where the more you stirred the pot, the better the character got.” — Charlize Theron

Photo: Head in the Clouds (2004). With Penelope Cruz

 

“I just loved how outrageous this future was and yet how real and contemporary.” — Charlize Theron

Photo: Aeon Flux (2005)

 

“I keep myself guessing. I get bored so quickly. I just really liked the material. And the girl was cool. I wasn’t ticking any boxes. I just try and do good material and how it gets made is secondary . . . and anyway, it’s really nice to get a decent paycheck.” — Charlize Theron

Photo: Hancock (2008)

 

“I think any actress would think this is a jackpot among roles. These kind of narratives allow us to experience the human condition to its fullest.” — Charlize Theron in 2012

Photo: Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

 

“South Africans love Mad Max movies. The idea of reimagination of that world, I thought was cool. And the idea of doing it through a character that would stand alongside Max…” — Charlize Theron

Photo: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

 

 

“The bizarre thing is that I’ve always had kind of a sick, twisted sense of humor. But my work, for some reason, has always veered to the dramatic stuff. I think that’s because I’ve never really been driven by genre, but I find that I want to play people that feel real. I do think in comedy it’s harder to find non-caricatures. I always said that I would love to do something like that kind of comedy that the Coen brothers do, that more character study stuff. And that stuff is hard to come by, and I feel like my career was setting itself up to be another thing.” — Charlize Theron

Photo: The Huntsman: Winter’s War (2016)

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