Charlize Theron Says She's Missed Out on Acting Roles Because of Her Looks: 'Pretty People Get Turned Away First'
Charlize Theron may be one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood, but when it comes to acting, her striking beauty doesn’t always work to her advantage.
Theron appears on the cover of British GQ‘s May issue, in which she reveals that she struggles with being typecast and is denied roles due to her looks.
“Jobs with real gravitas go to people that are physically right for them and that’s the end of the story,” she says. “How many roles are out there for the gorgeous, f—ing, gown-wearing eight-foot model? When meaty roles come through, I’ve been in the room and pretty people get turned away first.”
But that certainly hasn’t stopped Theron. The actress has undergone numerous dramatic transformations for roles, including gaining weight and wearing a prosthetic nose for her Oscar-winning turn as serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster, and even shaving her head for Mad Max: Fury Road.
And while she’s not afraid to fight for the roles she thinks she deserves, Theron, 40, also points to the unfair double standard of aging in Hollywood as a problem within the industry.
“We live in a society where women wilt and men age like fine wine. And, for a long time, women accepted it,” she explains.
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Theron says women need to take a stand against the idea of aging out of Hollywood.
“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,” she says. “It feels there’s this unrealistic standard of what a woman is supposed to look like when she’s over 40.”
Check out Theron’s full shoot in the May issue of GQ, on sale Thursday.