Charlize Theron: Immortal Beloved
A former dancer and model, the South Africa-born Oscar winner has carved out a long and impressive career after avoiding the pitfalls of being a beauty.
Charlize Theron could have just played the pretty face. At the start of her acting career in 1996, the future Imperator Furiosa was getting plenty of offers. But she was wise beyond her 21 years then, deciding that getting typecast would not be the recipe for a long and fruitful career. So she pursued diverse roles for a variety of characters, breaking out as Keanu Reeves’ on-screen wife in The Devil’s Advocate.
Honing her craft, she later won an Academy Award after transforming herself from one of Hollywood’s most beautiful leading ladies into grotesque serial killer Aileen Wuornos for the film Monster. This was not the career choice most actresses in her shoes would opt for.
She has also been an activist for numerous causes over the years, including for women’s and animal rights, capitalising on the power of her profile. In 2008, Theron was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace.
After recent turns in Mad Max: Fury Road and The Fate of the Furious, the 44-year-old can next be seen in the Netflix movie The Old Guard, where she plays an immortal mercenary who tries to save the world.
19 – Theron’s age when she first moved to Los Angeles, flying one-way to seek her big break.
3 – The number of Best Actress Oscar nominations Theron has garnered. Besides Monster, she was also nominated for North Country and Bombshell.
6 – The number of months Theron needed to recover from a thumb injury – requiring three surgeries – that she sustained on the set of The Old Guard.
US$1.2 Billion – The worldwide box-office takings of Theron’s most commercially successful film to date, The Fate of the Furious.