It would be an understatement to say looking like Charlize Theron has advantages. But for an actor who wants to roles with depth, good looks can get in the way, too.
The 40-year-old beauty, who shifts her attention from "Fury Road" to "The Huntsman" and the forthcoming drama, "The Last Face" this year, recently opened up to British GQ about the complications of navigating Hollywood's various demands regarding appearance.
"Jobs with real gravitas go to people that are physically right for them and that's the end of the story. How many roles are out there for the gorgeous, f---ing, gown-wearing eight-foot model?" asked the 5'10" Charlize, whose modeling career began at 16.
"When meaty roles come through, I've been in the room and pretty people get turned away first."
That said, age presents a new set of problems for an actress.
"We live in a society where women wilt and men age like fine wine," Charlize said. "And for a long time, women accepted it."
That's no longer the case, she continued, but we still have a ways to go.
"We were waiting for society to change, but now we're taking leadership," Charlize mused. "It would be a lie to say there is less worry for women as they get older than there is for men … It feels there's this unrealistic standard of what a woman is supposed to look like when she's over 40."
Charlize also opened up about the difficulty of feeling disconnected from her native South Africa, which seems to share real estate in her heart with her work and two kids, Jackson and August.
The actress left home as a teenager to pursue her dreams in the United States, first with the Joffrey Ballet and later, after an injury derailed her dance career, as a model and actress. She ended up staying in America, but wishes she could find more acceptance as a South African in the community there.
"I love my country. And it's very hard for South Africans to believe that, because I left and speak in an American accent," she says.
"I have a very, very strong connection to my country and to its people. It's the mother that might have abandoned me, in a weird way, but not all the way. I'm not having a pity party, but I'm constantly trying to win its love back."
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