“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?

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5 Comments to “Theron lies the problem”

  1. Lina says:

    Eh, her being cast in North Country rubs me the wrong way (though, granted, I haven’t seen any pics of the real woman). OK, so she got a slightly shaggy haircut, but she still doesn’t look trashy. And her forced, fake, “Midwestern” accent in that line in the commercial, “Watch your mouth!” makes me want to hurl the TV through the window.

  2. Ben says:

    I have no idea what North Country will be like, but Monster was excellent, and a real testament to her ability.

  3. Brady says:

    Monster was indeed excellent, and North County looks like it has real potential.

    I agree though… that accent she’s working with just rubs me the wrong way.

  4. S4R says:

    I have a theory; I can’t say that it applies to Charlize Theron, but it does involve the enneagram. ;) It’s simple, many actors are an enneagram type three. Threes pride themselves on always appearing in a positive light to others. They’re showmen and love attention. The enneagram describes them as being social chameleons. Better than any other type, they mask themselves according to what will win people’s approval and succeed. In other words, they’re masters of schmoozing.

    If Charlize Theron is as deceptively talented and/or intelligent as we seem to be perceiving, then her being a type three strikes me as a plausible explanation. Even ignoring the pretext of the enneagram, these traits still seem to fit.

  5. Andy says:

    Um… she got her first roles ia the “casting couch.” That’s still how it works.

    The other two roads to stardom are:

    Family connections/money


    Blind luck.

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