Over the years, South African actress Charlize Theron has established herself as a veritable cinema chameleon, capable of transforming herself physically to better embody her characters. However, at 48, the star recently decided to put an end to these extreme transformations, now refusing to play yo-yo with her weight for the purposes of a role.
Impressive past transformations
As a reminder, Charlize Theron had notably agreed to take 15 kilos for her role as a serial killer in the film “Monster” directed by Patty Jenkins in 2004, which had earned her an Oscar for best actress. In 2018, she also gained a lot of weight to play an exhausted mother in the drama “Tully”. However, despite these previous successes, the actress finally chose not to sacrifice her health on the altar of artistic performance.
The reasons for this decision
This choice is far from trivial and is part of a growing concern for the physical and mental well-being of actors. Rapid and repeated weight fluctuations can indeed have adverse health consequences. Charlize Theron has thus decided to focus on her long-term health and well-being, rather than continuing to submit to such challenges for her roles.
An example to follow ?
This position is all the more important since it comes from an actress as respected and influential as Charlize Theron. It could thus encourage other actors to become aware of the risks associated with extreme transformations and to favor less dangerous methods to prepare their roles. There are indeed many alternatives to change your appearance without putting your health at risk, such as using make-up, prostheses or even digital special effects.
Notable transformations in the career of Charlize Theron
- Monster (2004): taking 15 kilos to embody a serial killer.
- Mad Max: Fury Road (2015): Head shave to play Imperator Furiosa.
- Tully (2018): significant new weight gain to play an exhausted mother.
The future of the actress
Despite this decision, there is no doubt that Charlize Theron will continue to shine on the big screen thanks to her immense talent and her ability to slip into the skin of various characters. As proof, she will soon be appearing in the film “The School for Good and Evil”, directed by Paul Feig and adapted from the eponymous novel by Soman Chainani. In this feature film, she will play Lady Lesso, a character who promises to be as captivating as the previous ones.
A committed actress
In parallel with her film career, Charlize Theron is also involved in causes that are close to her heart. In particular, she created her own foundation, the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project, which aims to support young people in South Africa in their fight against HIV and discrimination against LGBTQ+ people. Thanks to her commitment and her positions, Charlize Theron continues to show that she is much more than just a talented actress, but also a woman deeply committed to a better world.
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