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