Charlize Theron Talks About Shaving Her Head

Charlize Theron tells us about shaving her head, becoming a mom, and her cinematic crush in a new video interview with W Editor at Large Lynn Hirschberg.

Released on 4/20/2015

Credits

Starring: Charlize Theron

Transcript

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The first time I saw a map and I realized that
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South Africa was all the way at the bottom there,
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and that there was this whole other world,
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so everything just felt like it happened over there.
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Everything, everything.
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Not just making movies.
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There was this real interest for me at a very young age
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to wanna go and explore that over there.
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I was a dancer.
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Well, I wasn't technically a great a dancer.
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I was just a really good...
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I was a good actor.
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That was it.
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I was the worst at audition, I am the worst at auditioning.
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Because I find it very, very hard to believe
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that this is a car.
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I just can't, I can't, I can't.
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My imagination will only go that far.
00:44
Fury Road had a lot of stops and starts.
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I think the journey's been something crazy
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like 25 years, I wanna say.
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Maybe I'm exaggerating, but something insane, so.
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There was a lot of talk when it comes to the looks
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of these characters and creating them
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that one of those things was to shave my head.
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I just picked up the phone and I called George, and I said,
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We've been trying to come up with this visual,
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and I think I just need to shave my head,
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and he just kinda went silent, and I heard him breathe,
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and I thought that was a good sign.
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It was really fun to shower.
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That's a little sexy.
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It was really fun to shower with my bald head.
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You have not showered until you've showered
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with a bald head, that's all I have to say.
01:30
After Fury Road,
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I did A Million Ways to Die in the West
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with Seth MacFarlane.
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Obviously, I'm not on the top 10 list of comedy people
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that people are gonna go after.
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I mean, have you not seen my movies?
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I did this movie just purely 'cause my friends refuse
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to go to my premieres anymore because it was
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the most depressing premieres ever.
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And I just wanted to do one movie where my friends were
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actually happy after watching one of my movies,
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and was willing to go to the after party
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because, usually, my movies don't even have after parties.
02:04
They're just handing out Percocets to people, like,
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Sorry about that.
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That was heavy. (laughs)
02:15
I've never been a fan of bringing anything home,
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even when I just had my dogs at home. (laughs)
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I just didn't feel like it was fair to them, you know?
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Cocker Spaniels just don't deserve Aileen Wuornos
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to come home to them.
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A lot of times, I get, Do you still wanna do dark material
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because you've got a child?
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If anything, I just feel like my son has awoken me
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to everything about life, not just this kind
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of Disneyland fairytale.
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I look at him and I wanna fight harder with my organization
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in South Africa to stop AIDS and HIV
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because I just feel like he deserves that world.
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He's just made me very hungry for
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more of that and a lot of that.
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I was definitely crushing on a lot of women.
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I grew up on Sophie's Choice, and Kramer vs. Kramer,
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and Susan Sarandon, and Jessica Lange, and Ellen Barkin.
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Just those very, very strong women.
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Girls becoming women in our society
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has been so compartmentalized that you are either
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that or you are that, and you really don't know what that is
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until you're actually going through that yourself.
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I wished more women talked about it
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when I was in my 20s because there's something
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really encouraging about knowing that,
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even though in our society somehow wants
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us to believe that we're cut flowers
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and we wilt after a period.
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It's nice to hear other women kind of say,
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That's not the case.
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If anything, it's my encouragement to 20 year olds
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to not nervous breakdowns, and to not hit the Chardonnay
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too hard because it's not that bad.
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It's actually okay.
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It's not...
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I mean, I'm a complete alcoholic,
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but it's great. (laughs)