YORK, Sep 06, 2001 (United Press International via COMTEX)
-- Charlize Theron is known as much for her impeccable style
and radiant beauty as she is for her considerable acting talent,
but the 26-year-old South African actress and former model
insists she is equally at home in old jeans as she is in formal
you go to enough events in a gown and you're on enough magazine
covers, people like to start going, 'Oh, that's who she is.
She can only be that. We should find a movie where she can
wear an Armani gown' and that part of (the hiring process)
is kind of hard," Theron told United Press International in
perfect, unaccented American English.
so much about (the character I play in 'Sweet November') physically
that I so relate to -- the baggy jeans and the T-shirt. I
thought, 'Oh, thank God,'" she said.
her personal preference for casual clothes, the actress said
she enjoys the costumes she wears in her films because they
often help her get into character.
'The Legend of Bagger Vance,' it was the hats and gloves,"
she recalled. "They made me all of a sudden go: 'I am a lady
of the south now. Bring me mint juleps!'"
added that one of her pet peeves is when actresses who are
supposed to be sick or sad or asleep on screen are photographed
with perfect hair and makeup. She explained that this bothers
her because it simply isn't realistic and makes it harder
for audiences to lose themselves in the story.
get so frustrated when I go to a movie and see someone waking
up with perfect lip liner and blush up to their forehead and
their hair perfectly curled and going, 'I'm so tired.' 'No,
you're not!' I want to tell them. 'That's not what you look
like when you're tired!'" she exclaimed.
to Theron, however, the way SHE looks hasn't always made it
easy for her to get serious acting jobs, since some filmmakers
still seem unable to picture her as anything but glamorous.
not always the obvious choice," she complained, adding that
one role she did not have to "jump any fences" to get was
that of the dying free spirit she played in "Sweet November,"
a romantic drama that was recently released on videocassette.
do find myself having to fight my way through (the hiring
process). In this case, with (co-star) Keanu (Reeves) knowing
me from 'The Devil's Advocate,' they didn't necessarily question
(whether I could do it). That was kind of nice to have somebody
go, 'We believe that you can bring something interesting to
this role,'" she said.Hollywood's
perception of Theron as femme fatale may be changing, however,
as she is quickly becoming one of the hardest-working actresses
in the business, peppering her resume with a variety of period
and contemporary works and alternating between dramatic and
for her performances in the "The Cider House Rules" and "Celebrity,"
Theron appeared in four films in 2000 -- "Reindeer Games,"
"The Yards," "Men of Honor," and "The Legend of Bagger Vance
-- and six films in 2001, three of which are expected to be
released during the next few months -- "Waking Up in Reno"
with Billy Bob Thornton and Patrick Swayze, "24 Hours," co-starring
Courtney Love and Kevin Bacon and "Sweet Home Alabama," opposite
can be seen now in the period comedy "The Curse of the Jade
Scorpian," co-starring Woody Allen and Helen Hunt.Despite
the fact she has worked with practically everyone from screen
legends Al Pacino and John Frankenheimer to newcomer golden
boys Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, Theron claimed she does not
suffer from "movie-staritis." In other words, she hasn't gotten
too big for her britches.
have to surround yourself with people you trust," she instructed.
"People who really know who you are and those are the people
whose advice I trust. And when I get out of hand, boy, do
they let me know, which is good because it is so easy to get
caught up in the good stuff and I do find myself sometimes
going: 'Why did we have to take that plane? Why can't we take
that flight? Why did we have to stay here? And why couldn't
I go there? 'You do sometimes, go, 'What's wrong with me?
Why am I complaining?' You need to surround yourself with
people you really do trust and people who really do love you
who are willing to show you your flaws."
if that doesn't work?
good beating helps every once in a while," she joked. "And
my mom's really good at that and they can't lock her up because
she's a foreigner."
if it bothered her when interviewers and announcers butchered
her name, the actress replied that it doesn't anymore, but
"in the beginning, it was so frustrating to me because my
name is not pronounced 'There-on.' I changed it to 'There-on'
because I was told it was more American. So, that was what
was frustrating! The fact that I changed it to make it easier,
so that people could pronounce it and then people kept going
'There-own.' The way we pronounce it in South Africa is 'Thrown.'
heron? Very American, but apparently not."
went on to say that although her last name is not unusual
in her homeland, her first name is.
never met another Charlize," she said. "But they did a statistic
and every fourth baby girl born in South Africa now is being
named Charlize. I am starting my own nation. I am starting
my own Charlize population. Yes, watch out in a couple of