Charlize Theron on the Burden of Beauty: "Pretty People Get Turned Away First"

Being gorgeous is hard, mmmk?

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Charlize Theron is what some might call "drop dead gorgeous," but according to the Oscar-winning actress herself, this hasn't given her a leg up in the industry. In fact, it's made her career more difficult. 

"Jobs with real gravitas go to people that are physically right for them and that's the end of the story," she tells British GQ (opens in new tab). "How many roles are out there for the gorgeous, f*cking, gown-wearing eight-foot model? When meaty roles come through, I've been in the room and pretty people get turned away first."

This might seem like a good moment for an eye-roll,  and fair enough—the words "gorgeous" and "marginalized"/"overlooked" don't often go hand in hand. But to be fair to Theron, her best roles have been those where she challenged conventional beauty standards—she gained 30 pounds for Monster and got a buzz cut for Mad Max: Fury Road.

Still, not quite sure being gorgeous is the worst thing that can happen to you in Hollywood....

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Mehera Bonner is a news writer who focuses on celebrities and royals.