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 4/24/2015
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.
Everything, everything, 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 dancer,
I was just a really good, I was a good actor, that was it.
I was the worst at auditioning, I am the worst
at auditioning because I find it very very hard
to believe that this is a car,
that's just, I just can't, I can't.
My imagination will only go that far.
Fury Road had a lot of stops and starts
but I think the journey has 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 and 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 need to just 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 McFarlane and obviously I'm not on
the top ten 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
refused to go to my premiers anymore
because it was the most depressing premiers 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 adding, handing out Percocets to people,
like, Sorry about that, that was heavy.
I've never been a fan of bringing anything home,
even when I just had my dogs at home.
I just didn't feel like it was fair to them.
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?
And if anything, I just feel like my son
has awoken me to everything about life,
not just this kind of Disneyland fairy tale,
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
and 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 Burke,
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 it yourself.
I wish more women talked about it when I was in my 20s
because there's something really encouraging
about that knowing that even though 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 have nervous breakdowns and to not hit the chardonnay
too hard because it's not that bad,
it's actually okay, it's not, I mean, you know,
I'm a complete alcoholic but it's great.