Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Kristen Stewart Is First American Actress Nominated for César Awards in 30 Years; 'Saint Laurent' Leads with Ten Kristen Stewart Is First American Actress Nominated for César Awards in 30 Years; 'Saint Laurent' Leads with Ten How They Sustained the Times Square Momentum in 'Birdman' VIDEO How They Sustained the Times Square Momentum in 'Birdman' VIDEO 6 Things to Know About Sexy Sundance Breakout 'Diary of a Teenage Girl,' Part of Sundance's Women's New Wave 6 Things to Know About Sexy Sundance Breakout 'Diary of a Teenage Girl,' Part of Sundance's Women's New Wave Sundance Raves About Ewan McGregor as Jesus and the Devil in 'Last Days in the Desert' Sundance Raves About Ewan McGregor as Jesus and the Devil in 'Last Days in the Desert' Watch: Jason Segel on Playing David Foster Wallace in Sundance's 'End of the Tour' (Exclusive Interview) Watch: Jason Segel on Playing David Foster Wallace in Sundance's 'End of the Tour' (Exclusive Interview) Filmmakers, Give Us Your Numbers! Sundance and Cinereach Unveil The Transparency Project Filmmakers, Give Us Your Numbers! Sundance and Cinereach Unveil The Transparency Project Sundance Market Explodes with 'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl' and 'Diary of a Teenage Girl' Sundance Market Explodes with 'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl' and 'Diary of a Teenage Girl' Top Ten Takeaways: Polarizing 'American Sniper' Speeds Past $200 Million; Lopez Trounces Depp Top Ten Takeaways: Polarizing 'American Sniper' Speeds Past $200 Million; Lopez Trounces Depp Arthouse Audit: Panic Time? 'Mommy,' 'Red Army,' 'Black Sea,' 'Cake,' 'Duke of Burgundy' All Disappoint Arthouse Audit: Panic Time? 'Mommy,' 'Red Army,' 'Black Sea,' 'Cake,' 'Duke of Burgundy' All Disappoint 2015 PGA Winners: 'Birdman' Steals 'Boyhood''s Awards Season Thunder 2015 PGA Winners: 'Birdman' Steals 'Boyhood''s Awards Season Thunder Watch: Nicole Kidman Talks 'Strangerland' at Sundance (Exclusive Video Interview) Watch: Nicole Kidman Talks 'Strangerland' at Sundance (Exclusive Video Interview) Sundance Acquisitions Market Heats Up with 'The Bronze' and 
'The Witch' Sundance Acquisitions Market Heats Up with 'The Bronze' and 'The Witch' Sundance: Netflix Inks Four-Picture Deal with Duplass Brothers Sundance: Netflix Inks Four-Picture Deal with Duplass Brothers Early Reviews Portend Sundance Breakout in Stylish Historical Horror 'The Witch' Early Reviews Portend Sundance Breakout in Stylish Historical Horror 'The Witch' Sundance: 5 Things to Expect From Alex Gibney's Damning Scientology Doc 'Going Clear' Sundance: 5 Things to Expect From Alex Gibney's Damning Scientology Doc 'Going Clear' Martin Scorsese Breaks Long-Awaited 'Silence,' Set to Begin Filming This Month Martin Scorsese Breaks Long-Awaited 'Silence,' Set to Begin Filming This Month Watch: Meet the Women of 'Birdman' (Exclusive 4-Minute Featurette) Watch: Meet the Women of 'Birdman' (Exclusive 4-Minute Featurette) Watch: Hitchcock's Thwarted Holocaust Documentary Comes to HBO Watch: Hitchcock's Thwarted Holocaust Documentary Comes to HBO Best Actor Oscar Predictions 2015 UPDATED Best Actor Oscar Predictions 2015 UPDATED Oscar Predictions 2015 Oscar Predictions 2015

Career Watch: Charlize Theron Bids for Marquee Stardom with 'Huntsman' & 'Prometheus'

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood June 4, 2012 at 1:44PM

Charlize Theron is back in the spotlight with "Snow White and The Huntsman" and that's where she'll stay with "Prometheus" opening this week. And in July she starts shooting George Miller sequel “Mad Max: Fury Road” in Namibia (after three years of waiting, "It’s time to skin this cat already," she says).
2
Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron is back in the spotlight with "Snow White and The Huntsman" and that's where she'll stay with "Prometheus" opening this week. And in July she starts shooting George Miller sequel “Mad Max: Fury Road” in Namibia (after three years of waiting, "It’s time to skin this cat already," she says). Theron is also shopping a TV series that puts a modern spin on the feuding families of "Hatfields and McCoys," the History Channel's record-breaking mini-series.

"The Devil's Advocate"
"The Devil's Advocate"

Stylish $170-million "Huntsman" did top its lowball projections, but the film is cringe-inducing, and while "Prometheus" is a breathtaking visual feat with some killer performances (from Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender), Theron's is not among them. She's one of our great actresses, a beautiful and sexy Oscar-winning badass who says whatever she wants -- so why settle for sub-par roles?

Theron highlights the balancing act even the top actresses in Hollywood must perform between top notch indie roles and studio tentpoles. She's never dominated the box office on her own, and her best work (including her Oscar) is grittier indie fare. In fact, "Snow White" is Theron's first venture in a big-budget mainstream film in five years. Between "Hancock" and “Snow White,” she starred in four low-budget films that didn't play more than 1,000 theaters.

SIGNATURE LINE: "I'd like to thank…oh, hell, I'd like to thank my own abilities,..I'm gonna look like an asshole; deal with it." - Theron, in her practice Oscar acceptance speech (video below). Here's the other one.

THE START: She began as a ballerina and model in her native South Africa before coming to Los Angeles, where she was cast in her first film, "Children of the Corn III" in 1995 at age 20. The following year she landed "2 Days in the Valley" and Tom Hanks' "That Thing You Do!," followed by a role as Keanu Reeve's wife in "The Devil's Advocate" (1997), as a supermodel in Woody Allen's "Celebrity," and as an ape's co-star in Disney's "Might Joe Young" (1998).

She transitioned from beautiful co-star to leading lady via "The Astronaut's Wife" (1999, with Johnny Depp), "The Cider House Rules" (1999, with Tobey Maquire and Michael Caine), "The Yards" (2000, with Mark Wahlberg and Joaquin Phoenix) "The Reindeer Games" (2000, with Ben Affleck), "Men of Honor" (2000, with Robert De Niro and Cuba Gooding Jr.), "The Legend of Baggar Vance" (2000, with Will Smith and Matt Damon) and "Sweet November" (2001, again with Reeves).

This article is related to: Charlize Theron, Snow White and the Huntsman, Prometheus, Young Adult, Awards, Career Watch, Headliners, Features, Box Office


E-Mail Updates