“It was how f—kable they could make me”: Charlize Theron Reveals Harrowing Story Of Being Sexualized By A Male Director, Says It Was Really Belittling

Charlize Theron is one of the most prominent figures in the film industry for her feminism. The actress has taken on roles of women empowerment even on the silver screens. She has been in very successful and famous movies such as Mad Max: Fury Road, Atomic Blonde, and The Old Guard. The actress has been loud and clear that she wishes to make a better environment for women in the film industry.

The actress even revealed that she restrained herself from calling her a feminist back when it was considered a “dirty word” to the Evening Standard in 2020. She now proudly wears the title of a feminist. She has spoken in favor of the #metoo movement and #timesup movement freely. She recently spoke about how her experience was when working under male directors.

Charlize Theron aims to make a better work environment for women

Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron in Aeon Flux

The actress has faced multiple hardships when it comes to being a woman in the filmmaking industry. Her struggles have only empowered her ambition to change it for the better. Due to the pursuit of this ambition, Charlize Theron is now a strong representation of woman empowerment on and off the screen.

“There’s a natural fight in me to want to create environments that feel like the things that I wish I had 30 years ago when I started.”

In addition to her successful acting career, she started her own production business, Denver & Delilah, in 2003. Since then, she has amassed over 20 producer credits. Her remark that she might not particularly enjoy being “that person” is immensely relatable. As many women, regardless of their professional field, must adopt the same approach in an effort to be understood and appreciated by men in the same room.

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Charlize Theron talks about how the industry made her feel belittled

Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron in The Old Guard

In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Charlize Theron opened up about her experience with a male director. Her experience of being an action-driven actress has led her to a lot of roles that involve skin-tight suits. Naturally, the film industry has recently started to understand that these sexualized suits are extremely stereotypical and sexist. As we can observe with her appearance in Atomic Blonde and Mad Max: Fury Road, the dress does not matter as long as the action and acting are on par.

“I remember one movie, in particular, this male director who just kept bringing me in, fitting after fitting after fitting, and it was just so obvious that it was to do with my sexuality and how f—able they could make me in the movie. And when I started out, that was just kind of the norm.”

Her unfortunate experience with these types of situations is the reason why the actress has become a face for feminism in the industry. THe actress continued about her experience by stating it makes her feel belittled.

“Having some guy make you have a fitting almost in front of them — stuff like that, it’s really belittling.”

Charlize Theron demonstrated her cultivated power by defending herself and other female professionals in the field. Thanks to women in leadership positions in the industry like Charlize Theron, the days of males getting their way with women in Hollywood are gradually passing away.

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The actress was appreciated by Uma Thurman for her activism

Uma Thurman
Uma Thurman

The legendary actress and now director, Uma Thurman also had a few words to add about Charlize Theron. Known for her work in the Kill Bill film trilogy. Uma Thurman was the face of woman empowerment before Charlize Theron came into play. The director has nothing but praise for the actress.

“She’s not just a great actress but a great leader, I think she’s gone further and taken far more control in that arena [of standing up to men on set even before the #MeToo movement] than I ever did. So all I can do is say ‘Hats off.’”

Praise from one legend to another is always a delight. Fans now patiently wait for Charlize Theron to reprise her role in The Old Guard 2 film as Uma Thurman directs it. Not to mention the next installment of the Mad Max films are also in play at the moment. The actress is a hard worker and an inspiration for women entering the film industry.

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Source: Entertainment Weekly

Dylan Jobe
Dylan Jobe

Dylan Jobe is a content writer for Animated Times. He is currently doing his Masters in Journalism and Mass Communication. Dylan is what one would call a fandom nerd. He keeps up with anime, Marvel, and DC. His knowledge of shows includes Supernatural, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and The Good Place, among others. His articles are mainly celebrity based. As of now, he is working on a personal novel which he hopes to publish soon. He is patiently building his skills to become a movie critic one day.

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