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....
Follow Marie Claire on Instagram (opens in new tab) for the latest celeb news, pretty pics, funny stuff, and an insider POV.
Mehera Bonner is a news writer who focuses on celebrities and royals.
Selena Gomez’s New Hair Transformation Is So Major
The actress debuted super-long locks, freshly cut bangs, and an auburn hue.
By Samantha Holender
The Very Best Memorial Day Fashion Sales of 2022
Time to find a new bathing suit, bag, or wedding guest dress!
By Julia Marzovilla
The Wrong Formula
In the face of a baby food shortage, desperate moms are turning to strangers on Facebook to help—but social media shouldn't be the answer.
By Hayley Phelan
Who Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Fiancé Riley Roberts?
AOC's husband-to-be is an "easygoing redhead" who lives with her in D.C.
By Katherine J Igoe
68 Times the Kardashians Posed Fully Nude and Owned It
And we mean fully nude—as in, not a shred of clothing.
By Bianca Rodriguez
Who Is Jonathan Owens, Simone Biles's Fiancé and NFL Player?
"The easiest yes!" Simone wrote about the couple's engagement.
By The Editors
Surprise! Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Nick Jonas Are Parents
They welcomed a baby via surrogate.
By Neha Prakash
Meghan and Harry Share First Photo of Their Daughter Lilibet Diana
The Sussex's holiday card is here!
By Rachel Epstein
The 50 Best Celebrity Couple Halloween Costumes Ever
Honestly, we're impressed.
By Charlotte Chilton
Alicia Keys Gets What She Wants
With her jazzy new album, Keys, the singer stopped worrying about everything except what matters: Her own opinion.
By Jessica Herndon
Brooke Shields on Reinventing Yourself, Making Friends in Your 40s, and More
The actress and CEO shared inspiring advice during a panel at 'Marie Claire's' "Power Trip: Off the Grid" conference.
By Rachel Epstein