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Charlize Theron Still Feels Bad About the Time She Punched Teri Hatcher In the Face

Actress Charlize Theron has always been a badass--on and off camera. In an intimate new video interview with W Editor at Large Lynn Hirschberg, she looks back at the time she got into a fight in Miami, when she punched Teri Hatcher in the face, and how she learned the wild stunts for her new film, Atomic Blonde.

Released on 6/26/2017

Credit

Starring:

Charlize Theron

Transcript

00:04
I really like action films.
00:05
I don't know if I have
00:06
a favorite action film.
00:08
But one of the first like memories
00:09
was being pretty young and watching Die Hard
00:12
and just loving it,
00:13
I don't know.
00:14
Maybe something's wrong with me.
00:16
Two Days in the Valley,
00:17
Jon Herzfeld, the writer and Director
00:19
of that film
00:20
very ironically texted me
00:22
yesterday with a Rotten Tomatoes.
00:25
They just recently had done
00:27
like the best fist fights
00:28
in movies and we're number 17
00:30
on it, Two Days in the Valley.
00:31
The fist fight between me and Teri Hatcher.
00:33
Back then I just didn't know
00:34
how to hone in any energy.
00:36
I was just like
00:37
this wild animal.
00:39
I was like a clumsy person
00:41
and everybody was like this is
00:43
her first movie
00:44
and they were very patient
00:46
but I hit Teri Hatcher really bad,
00:48
I connected right in her face.
00:50
And I felt terrible,
00:52
I felt really bad.
00:53
I didn't knock any teeth out,
00:55
but I think she was a little bruised.
00:56
I was like very poor
00:57
so I bought her a like, you know,
00:59
really cheap beer.
01:00
A card to just say I'm so sorry.
01:03
Everybody was mortified 'cause
01:05
it was Teri Hatcher
01:06
and there was this like bleached blond,
01:08
Amazonian, cat suit wearing nobody
01:10
who was like punching her in the face.
01:12
I was like 16 or 17 I think.
01:15
I was working in Milan,
01:17
no in Miami.
01:19
Yeah, this girl just like
01:21
got very aggressive with me at a bar
01:23
and just like started pushing me and shoving me
01:25
and then started like talking smack
01:27
and that was it.
01:28
There was no thought process
01:29
behind it, my body just took over.
01:31
And in my head, I thought,
01:33
I didn't just do that did I?
01:34
But then my fiend was
01:35
like yeah you just punched her.
01:37
I might have given myself
01:38
a light lobotomy
01:39
while I was punching her,
01:40
I don't know.
01:41
But now when I'm, you know,
01:42
more of an adult and I think back,
01:44
it was probably just
01:45
just something really lame like
01:47
it was not bad ass like Lorraine at all.
01:50
Yeah, I've been doing a,
01:51
doing a big wrestle move
01:52
which is like probably the scariest thing
01:54
that I had to learn for the movie.
01:57
Somebody saying to you,
01:58
catapult your whole body
02:00
and just land on your back
02:01
and you neck
02:02
which just sounds so wrong
02:03
and every ounce of your body and your head
02:05
doesn't want to do that.
02:06
We're not really throwing big dudes right?
02:08
And he was like, "No we're gonna
02:09
be throwing big dudes."
02:11
And I said, well okay.
02:12
I don't know about that, but.
02:13
I've always been fascinated
02:16
by aberrant behavior
02:17
and why people do
02:18
horrible things.
02:19
So I read a lot of books about it.
02:21
It's pretty dark
02:22
and there's a part of me that wants
02:24
to be able to understand it
02:25
and maybe it's just not,
02:26
you can't understand it.
02:27
So it is cathartic to get
02:30
to play a character
02:31
where you are kind of,
02:32
you are allowed,
02:33
it's like a
02:34
free pass for your soul
02:36
like nothing bad's gonna happen
02:37
and you can kind of go
02:38
and explore maybe what it would
02:40
be like to be in that skin.
02:42
I am really, really good at cleaning
02:45
and I'm really good at laundry.
02:46
I love coming back from a trip
02:48
and opening up my suitcase
02:50
and like doing laundry at like 4:30
02:51
because I'm so jet lagged.
02:52
Like I dig that.
02:53
I can't help myself,
02:54
like I'll walk into my kitchen
02:56
and I'll be like 20 minutes late
02:57
just 'cause I'm cleaning
02:59
and I can't stop,
03:00
I don't, it's a problem.
03:01
It's called OCD.
03:02
It's not healthy, don't try it kids.
03:03
The worst is when I'm making a film
03:06
and I'm in my trailer.
03:07
I don't like get enough like cleaning
03:09
out of my system
03:10
and then it kind of builds up
03:12
and then I'm like
03:13
in my trailer
03:14
with like my tooth brush
03:16
and I'm like brushing like the corners
03:17
of the trailer
03:18
'cause it's so filthy.
03:19
And they're like, "We're ready for you Charlize,"
03:21
and I'm like,
03:22
I'm gonna be right there,
03:23
I just need to get some more corners in here.
03:25
It was in the backyard.
03:26
I was, ah um, 12.
03:30
His name was,
03:31
his name is, I think, Nicky Smith.
03:34
He had braces.
03:36
We were really nervous.
03:37
It was kind of like
03:38
we had set it up.
03:39
There was nothing romantic about it.
03:40
We were like, we are,
03:41
this weekend,
03:42
we are watching Friday the 13th
03:44
and we are making out.
03:46
And then we like stalled and stalled
03:48
and stalled and stalled
03:50
and finally like his Mom
03:51
was like in the front,
03:53
like in the driveway honking
03:55
for him and I was like standing
03:56
in front of him
03:57
and we were like come on
03:58
let's just do it.
03:59
And then we did it
04:00
and it was like horrible.
04:01
His Mom was like Nicky!
04:02
[laughing]
04:03
The braces and the whole,
04:05
it was just super rushed and terrible.