Charlize Theron would know better than most about the trials and tribulations of being a gorgeous actress. The former model turned Oscar winner has made it all look easy, but she says the reality is it's anything but.
Theron told GQ that being a pretty actress often leads to typecasting and being overlooked for more meaty, dramatic roles.
"Jobs with real gravitas go to people that are physically right for them and that’s the end of the story," she says. "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.”
She also discussed the double standards of men over 40 in Hollywood not facing the same challenges as women.
“We live in a society where women wilt and men age like fine wine," she says. "And, for a long time, women accepted it. 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.”
It's her 'hard to be pretty' comments that caught the attention of Twitter though and for the most part people were largely unsympathetic.
Um............. I'm going to WHOLEHEARTEDLY disagree, based on years of experience. https://t.co/tJAPSmhaCT
— Heather Matarazzo (@HeatherMatarazz) April 5, 2016
Charlize Theron: Pretty People Activist
— DarkSkintDostoyevsky (@daniecal) April 5, 2016
I get what my beloved Charlize is saying but I volunteer to be too pretty for Hollywood.
— roxane gay (@rgay) April 5, 2016
I respect how little Charlize Theron cares about what people think so she says stuff like "I'm discriminated against for being gorgeous."
— Sam Montgomery (@sammontgomery) April 5, 2016
"It’s hard out there for gorgeous, pretty actresses like me." Charlize Theron - And out the door went Charlize's last remaining fan.
— Enty Lawyer (@entylawyer) April 5, 2016