The Secrets of Charlize Theron’s Breathtaking Transformations


The on-screen transformation Theron is best known for is his descent into the deepest depths of human experience to play the role of an actual serial killer. Aileen Wuornos in Patty Jenkins2003 film, a performance that won her the Oscar for Best Actress.

“We never discussed it like it was a big thing, like a goal: ‘We’re going to gain 30 pounds,'” Theron told SplicedWire, noting how Wuornos grew up homeless and gave birth to a child. at 13 years old. “It wasn’t Aileen wasn’t fat. Aileen had scars on her body from her lifestyle, and if I had gone to do this movie with my body – physically I’m very athletic – I don’t know not if I would have felt the things that Aileen was feeling with her body. It was about getting to a place where I felt closer to the way Aileen lived. I didn’t want to look at my body and see my muscles natural. That kind of thing would have completely thrown me off trying to be her.”

She eschewed a wig in favor of hairstylist Katie Swanson distressing Theron’s own braids to get Wuornos’ unsuspected hairline and had her eyebrows bleached and lightened to almost nothing.

Although it might look like she’s wearing a full plastic mask, the only prosthetics were on Theron’s eyelids to weigh them down, and the whole process took just under an hour. Makeup artist Tony G. airbrushed layers of translucent washes of tattoo ink, textured with green marble putty, to give Theron’s face a weatherproof, life-hardened look, and Art Sakamoto fabricated dentures full of stained and crooked teeth. She also wore brown contacts to cover her blue eyes.

“By the time we started makeup and hair testing, we had gotten so used to my [Aileen] face,” Theron shared with Winfrey in 2005. “I was in it most of the time while I was on set. I wore Aileen’s clothes all the time, had my hair like she would, so the team really got to know me as Aileen.”

As for her weight, “I just thought, ‘I’ll see how much I can gain,'” she said. Fortunately, the process began “at Christmas, so it was perfect. I finished everyone’s desserts.”


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