Charlize Theron opens up about a disturbing experience she had early in her career.
In a Harper’s Bazaar interview published Thursday, the actor recalled an unnamed filmmaker who had him attend several wardrobe fittings to make her more “fuckable” on set.
“I remember one movie in particular, this male director who kept bringing me in, edit after edit after edit,” she told the outlet. “It was so obvious that it had to do with my sexuality and how fuckable they could make me in the movie. And when I started, that was just kind of the norm.
The ‘Atomic Blonde’ star says men like this wouldn’t give her a choice of what to wear onscreen.
“Having absolutely no control over what you wear is a big deal that’s really bothered me for years,” said Theron, 47. “Having a guy make you do a fitting almost in front of him – stuff like that is really demeaning.”
Instead of asking her opinion, the Oscar-winning actor said outfits were non-negotiable. “There was no conversation around it. It was like, ‘This is what you’re wearing,’ she said.
Theron is well informed about Hollywood’s urge to sexualize women and grew back during his career.
In 2003, she started the production company Denver & Delilah after her experience filming the critically acclaimed “Monster.” Theron said this she felt the film’s financiers were only interested in making “a hot lesbian movie with me and [co-star] Christina Ricci” instead of protecting director Patty Jenkins vision.
Nearly 20 years later, the leading actress is on a mission to make Hollywood work better.
“There is a natural struggle in me to want to create environments [on set] that look like the things I wish I had 30 years ago,” she said. “I’m very aware of looking at the bigger picture and saying, ‘Is this really the best we can do? “”
For an upcoming film Theron is producing, women make up 85% of the cast and crew, she said. The film, a sequel to 2020’s “The Old Guard,” is slated for release next year.
Theron is also starring in the upcoming fantasy film ‘A School for Good and Evil,’ premiering October 21 on Netflix.