“The celebrity status in Hollywood has gotten really out of control,” Theron told The Associated Press at September’s Toronto International Film Festival, where her new film “North Country” premiered.
“Like one of those snow-globe things, it’s this fragile little ball of perfection, and I think people have forgotten what actors do. After a while, I was like, ‘Well, what did you want me to do? Did you want me to play this woman and not look like her?’ ”
That focus on her appearance gradually subsided in a wave of newfound respect for her as a serious performer, culminating in her best-actress win at the Academy Awards for Monster.
Did Charlize Theron wake up one morning and say to herself, “For as long as I’ve been an actress, I’ve starred in mostly crappy movies like Reindeer Games and The Astronaut’s Wife where I bare my chest for no good reason. I think now I’m going to stop those, do a couple of half-decent films like Devil’s Advocate and Sweet November and then turn around and start being a really excellent character actress”?
How the hell does this work?