Charlize Theron Is Upset That Directors Wanted Her To Look Desirable

Charlize Theron opens up about her experiences being objectified earlier in her career.

By Joshua Jones | Published

Academy Award winning actress Charlize Theron recently opened up about terrible experiences she had. While speaking with Harper’s Bazaar, the actress revealed that one filmmaker she worked with had her attend multiple wardrobe fittings to make her look more “f-kable” on camera. The Mad Max star stated that the situation was more of “the norm” for her earlier in her career.

Charlize Theron said having no control over what she wore greatly annoyed her. The Snow White and the Huntsman star is known for her striking look and presence on camera. While Theron has garnered respect amongst her male peers in the industry, earlier on it seemed as if some weren’t giving her the benefit of the doubt regarding her opinions.

Rather than taking in her opinions, the male director was said to have ignored anything Charlize Theron suggested at the time. The actress continued saying that the outfits were “non-negotiable” and she had no control over what she wore. According to Theron, the director had no intention of having a decent conversation with her.

The actress since has been making up for what she had to deal with early on in her career. Charlize Theron now appears more in control over her character and is choosing roles best suited for her strength as an actress, such as Furiosa in the critically acclaimed Mad Max: Fury Road. While filming the actual project may’ve been a pain for Theron with her infamous reported issues with star Tom Hardy, the role helped the actress gain a significant following and redefined her career.

We reported that Charlize Theron might be back as Furiosa in an upcoming sequel to the 2015 action flick. The news comes as the studio is developing a Furiosa prequel that doesn’t star Theron.

Charlize Theron’s Furiosa is just one of many roles in which she plays a strong, fearless action heroine. In addition to her role in Mad Max, Theron also shines in the Netflix production The Old Guard. In the film, Theron plays an immortal warrior from ancient Scythia.

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Charlize Theron in The Old Guard (2020)

Production for The Old Guard 2 recently shut down due to a massive fire that erupted at the studio. The producer behind the Charlize Theron-led actioner, Natalia Barbosa, stated that production was pushed back for at least two days. Regardless, Theron is set to reprise her role as Andromache of Scythia.

Charlize Theron is also set to reprise her role in another actioner coming in 2023. The actress will appear again in the next installment of the fan-favorite Fast and Furious franchise alongside Vin Diesel. A photo of Theron on set preparing for a scene was revealed back in April.

The wardrobe incident isn’t even the only time Charlize Theron encountered the sexualization of women in Hollywood. In 2003, she launched the production company Denver & Delilah after her experience on the set of director Patty Jenkin’s Monster. Theron stated she felt the film financiers were more interested in making a “hot lesbian movie” rather than telling a story.

While her early days as an actress included a very troubling incident with a director, Charlize Theron has undoubtedly moved on. She has grown her power and credibility in Hollywood and proven many times why her voice should be one every filmmaker should listen to.