Ever been jealous of Charlize Theron’s stunning looks? As far as she’s concerned, you may want to rethink that.
Theron, whose looks have landed her career opportunities from acting roles to Dior campaigns, claims in her new interview with GQ that in Hollywood, beauty can be more of a curse than a blessing.
“Jobs with real gravitas go to people that are physically right for them, and that’s the end of the story,” she explains. “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.”
While we can’t help but think Theron may be overstating the amount of hardship she faces just for being so gorgeous, she may have a point about how looks can limit an actor’s roles. In 2004, she gained 30 pounds and wore a prosthetic nose to fit the look for her role in Monster, the job that landed her an Oscar for Best Actress. And last year, she was forced to shave her long blond locks to play Imperator Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road.
According to Theron, though all actors face difficulty with being pigeonholed because of their looks, the strain is particularly hard on women in the industry, who must also face unrealistic expectations about maintaining their looks while they age.
“We live in a society where women wilt and men age like fine wine. And, for a long time, women accepted it,” she says. “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… It feels [like] there’s this unrealistic standard of what a woman is supposed to look like when she’s over 40.”