And the award for the most head-scratching comment of the day goes to Charlize Theron.
The Oscar winner gave an interview to British GQ where she discussed the struggle of being an exceptionally beautiful person in Hollywood. According to the actress, her modelesque features and stature have prevented her from scoring enviable roles in the biz.
“Jobs with real gravitas go to people that are physically right for them and that’s the end of the story,” Theron told the glossy, according to Us Weekly. “How many roles are out there for the gorgeous, f–king, gown-wearing eight-foot model? When meaty roles come through, I’ve been in the room and pretty people get turned away first.”
There are many things confusing about this comment, aside from the fact it reeks of pretty-person privilege. Theron is 5′ 10″, so we’d understand if she isolated her height as a reason for not getting great gigs.
Or even her age, which she mentioned is a pesky issue women (in all fields) run into frequently. “We live in a society where women wilt and men age like fine wine,” she said. “It feels there’s this unrealistic standard of what a woman is supposed to look like when she’s over 40.” These comments are spot-on.
But that’s not what she did. According to her, anyone who is beautiful in Hollywood is immediately excluded from the good roles club.
Except everyone in Hollywood is beautiful. That’s why it’s Hollywood. Are we missing something here? Are there trolls roaming around Los Angeles nabbing award-winning parts? Theron herself gained 30 pounds and wore prosthetics to play Aileen Wuornos in 2003’s Monster, and the payoff was in Oscar gold. She, a pretty person, “de-glammed” for a “meaty role.” And that’s the industry norm. Take a look at recent critically-lauded performances, and you’ll see it: genetically gifted people who physically changed themselves for a film.
Brie Larson in Room (2015):
Jennifer Aniston in Cake (2014):
Lupita Nyong’o in 12 Years a Slave (2013):
Anne Hathaway in Les Misérables (2012):
Rooney Mara in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011):
Four out of five of these women received Oscar nominations for their performances (and three won). Fantastic parts. Gorgeous women. So, again, what exactly is Theron’s damage? Is she insinuating these ladies aren’t beautiful (or not as pretty as her)? We doubt it, but that’s how her quote comes off. Females have a lot fighting against them in Hollywood. Beauty is not one of them.
And complaining about being too beautiful is like groaning about having too much money. Is it really that much of a problem?
Nah. Us trolls would trade places with her any day.