Charlize Theron Complains About Roles For “Gorgeous” Actresses
Beauty is pain for Charlize Theron.
The 40-year-old actress complains about being too “gorgeous” in the May 2016 issue of British GQ.
"Jobs with real gravitas go to people that are physically right for them and that’s the end of the story,” the Huntsman: Winter’s War star says. “How many roles are out there for the gorgeous, f—king gown-wearing, eight-foot model? When meaty roles come through, I’ve been in the room, and pretty people get turned away first.”
Oof. Putting aside how she called herself “gorgeous,” we’re trying to see the validity of Charlize’s thesis, but we’re just unconvinced.
And we’re struggling to sympathize when this opinion comes from someone constantly ranked among the world’s most beautiful people who happens to have a (reported) net worth of $110 million.
After all, if she’s saying “pretty people get turned away first” when it comes to “jobs with real gravitas,” is she saying the actresses who do get those parts aren’t pretty?
Hollywood obviously has a reputation for only being skin-deep, but we think it’s far easier for a gorgeous person to play normal than it is a normal person to play gorgeous.
Luckily, her views sound more progressive as the interview continues, like when she rails against the double standard for male and female aging:
“We live in a society where women wilt and men age like fine wine. And, for a long time, women accepted it. We were waiting for society to change, but now we’re taking leadership.
“It would be a lie to say there is less worry for women as they get older than there is for men... It feels there’s this unrealistic standard of what a woman is supposed to look like when she’s over 40.”
Hear, hear. There’s the Charlize we can admire!