Charlize Theron Says Hollywood Denies Good Roles to Beautiful People

Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron Says Pretty People Get Turned Away for Good Roles in Hollywood

Hollywood can be rough on … beautiful people?

Charlize Theron has attracted much critical acclaim, from her intense take on the warrior Imperator Furiosa in “Mad Max: Fury Road” to her Academy Award-winning work as serial killer Aileen Wuornos in “Monster.”

But she claims it’s tough on actresses who are tall and pretty.

“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. “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.”

Charlize Theron Claims Echoed by Actress Emily Ratajkowski

It’s a claim that may raise a few unsympathetic eyebrows, but not an uncommon one in Hollywood. Another actress, Emily Ratajkowski, says she wants to stop looking so good and get a role with an extreme makeover.

“If I could choose anything for my next movie, it would be someone who has nothing to do with being pretty or attractive,” the 24-year-old told Editorialist last summer. “I’d love to play a role that surprises people. She adds: “Complex and dynamic female roles in my age range don’t come around that often.”

Oscar Went to Charlize Theron After She Dressed Down, Gained Weight for Monster

Indeed, Theron had to transform herself physically to play the unhinged Wuornos in 2003’s “Monster,” gaining weight and wearing prosthetics to distract from her glamorous good looks.

In the British GQ interview, Theron adds that it gets even harder on actresses as they get older.

“We live in a society where women wilt and men age like fine wine. And, for a long time, women accepted it,” says Theron, 40. “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 there’s this unrealistic standard of what a woman is supposed to look like when she’s over 40.”