Now that she's starred in an adaptation of a Gillian Flynn novel, Charlize Theron has a foolproof plan for the rest of her acting career. "We've talked about it," Theron says of Flynn's future writing efforts. "All of her characters are going to be 5-foot-10 from now on. And flat-chested."
All joking aside, despite being one of the most successful actresses in Hollywood, Theron is painfully aware of how rare it is in popular film to come across a fully realized female protagonist that has some edge to her — even with an Oscar under her belt. It’s really interesting when you get to play a women that is layered and conflicted and has certain human attributes that might not be that attractive, which is part of the human condition," she says. "Somehow, because we haven’t seen enough of it in cinema, it kind of sticks out like a sore thumb and people comment on it."
While she's not a fan of the state of female characters in movies, she understands why people are focused on them. "People are talking about it because there has been such a lack of it," she says. "I can’t say that I’m attracted to angry, dark people. I think what I’m attracted to is characters to me that feel very truthful to the embodiment of a full woman. It's just refreshing to see women like Gillian write women like that. It feels authentic and real."