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

Credits

Starring: Charlize Theron

Transcript

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The first time I saw a map and I realized
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that South Africa was all the way at the bottom there
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and that there was this whole other world.
00:12
So everything just felt like it happened over there.
00:15
Everything, everything, 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.
00:23
I was a dancer, well I wasn't technically a great dancer,
00:26
I was just a really good, I was a good actor, that was it.
00:31
I was the worst at auditioning, I am the worst
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at auditioning because I find it very very hard
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to believe that this is a car,
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that's just, I just 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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but I think the journey has been something crazy
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like 25 years, I wanna say, maybe I'm exaggerating
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but something insane so there was a lot of talk
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when it comes to the looks of these characters and creating
00:57
them and one of those things was to shave my head.
01:01
I just picked up the phone and I called George
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and I said, We've been trying to come up with this
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visual and I think I need to just shave my head.
01:11
And he just kinda went silent and I heard him breathe
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and I thought that was a good sign.
01:18
It was really fun to shower.
01:20
That's a little sexy.
01:21
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, I did A Million Ways to Die in the West
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with Seth McFarlane and obviously I'm not on
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the top ten list of comedy people
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that people are gonna go after.
01:43
I mean, have you not seen my movies?
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I did this movie just purely 'cause my friends
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refused to go to my premiers anymore
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because it was the most depressing premiers ever.
01:53
And I just wanted to do one movie where my friends
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were actually happy after watching one of my movies
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and was willing to go to the after-party.
02:01
Because usually my movies don't even have after-parties,
02:04
they're just adding, handing out Percocets to people,
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like, Sorry about that, that was heavy.
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.
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I just didn't feel like it was fair to them.
02:23
Cocker spaniels just don't deserve
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Aileen Wuornos to come home to them.
02:29
A lot of times, I get, Do you still wanna do
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dark material because you've got a child?
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And if anything, I just feel like my son
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has awoken me to everything about life,
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not just this kind of Disneyland fairy tale,
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I look at him and I wanna fight harder
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with my organization in South Africa to stop AIDS
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and HIV because I just feel like he deserves that world
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and he's just made me very hungry
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for 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 Burke,
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just those very very strong women.
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Girls becoming women in our society has been so
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compartmentalized that you are either that or you are that.
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And you really don't know what that is
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until you're actually going through it yourself.
03:24
I wish more women talked about it when I was in my 20s
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because there's something really encouraging
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about that knowing that even though our society
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somehow wants us to believe that we're cut flowers
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and we wilt after a period, it's nice to hear
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other women kind of say, That's not the case.
03:43
If anything, it's my encouragement to 20-year-olds
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to not have 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, it's not, I mean, you know,
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I'm a complete alcoholic but it's great.
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(laughs)