Charlize Theron , one of Hollywood’s most beautiful actresses, drew scorn on social media for appearing to complain about how “pretty” looks have cost her a number of choice acting roles. But, hey, that’s not what she meant, she now contends.
The quote was attributed to her in a new interview in the British edition of GQ magazine.
“Jobs with real gravitas go to people that are physically right for them and that’s the end of the story,” she reportedly told the magazine.
“How many roles are out there for the gorgeous, fu*king, gown-wearing eight-foot model? When meaty roles come through, I’ve been in the room and pretty people get turned away first,” she added.
The South African actress, who is five-feet, 10-inches tall, began her career as a model before seguing into dancing.
She turned to acting, she says, after her knees gave out. She was discovered by a talent agent while standing in a bank line, who helped her find early roles.
Theron’s first Hollywood role was uncredited in the 1995 film “Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest.” But she quickly land solid parts in such films as 1997 mystery thriller “The Devil’s Advocate,” 1998’s “Mighty Joe Young” and “Ciderhouse Rules,” a year later.
Her breakout role in “Monster,” playing serial killer Aileen Wuornos won her an Academy Award for best actress. It was one role where her beauty wasn’t a factor in the movie. She’s appeared in more than a dozen films since then and has four on tap for this year.
Her film resume hardly sounds like someone who has had to battle her beauty to get roles. She was chastised on social media for coming off like a whiner. But Theron now says she was misunderstood.
“It was such an incredible misquote. I’m somewhat shocked by how I got so misquoted,” she said on Access Hollywood at the premiere of her new movie, “The Huntsman: Winter’s War,” last night in Los Angeles.
“What I was really trying to say was people always ask me why I play so many characters that are so deconstructed and my point with that was that how many characters really are there out there for a woman wearing a gown? You have to kind of play real people. It’s always somewhat shocking when you do those things (magazine interviews) because context is everything, and if somebody doesn’t really get that or it doesn’t translate, people can really kind of read stuff so wrongly… I couldn’t be more humbled by the career I’ve been given.”
“I’ve never really spoken in that way… The idea that I would ever say anything that made it sound like I was ungrateful for the career that I have today… That was rough, that was rough reading that,” she added.
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