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Charlize Theron Was Called Out for Gaining Weight for a Role

Charlize Theron Was Called Out for Gaining Weight for a Role

Charlize Theron strikes a fierce pose in her new shoot for The Hollywood Reporter‘s roundtable interview!

Here’s what the 44-year-old actress and producer had to share with the mag:

On why she chooses to produce: “Pure panic is what makes me stick around. Usually the projects that scare me the most are the ones that just don’t leave.”

On the biggest fight she’s ever waged to get something made: “I started producing on Monster, and it just happened that I felt the need to protect a first-time director [Patty Jenkins], who was really taking a huge risk. The character was very unusual. And initially when we went in to get our financing, it became very clear to me that there was this need for me to step in. Because I think the financiers actually thought they were basically paying for a hot lesbian movie with me and Christina Ricci. And knowing what Patty wanted to do with it, I knew that we were going to come up against things. There were a lot of fights. As soon as I started gaining weight, I had one of the financiers call me up. Actually, his wife saw me, and she was like, ‘Did you see Charlize? Have you seen what she looks like?’ And I got that call, like, ‘What’s going on with that?’”

On finding out Annapurna wasn’t going to back Bombshell: “The moment that I heard about it was really shocking because they loved the film so much… When Annapurna sent it to us to produce, they were calling us every day because I was kind of sitting on it because it scared the s–t out of me. I never felt anything from them that felt tepid or that they wanted to remove themselves from it. So, you’re lucky when you can pick up the phone and call a previous financing partner that you have had a great experience with, and in this case it was Bron [Studios] and Aaron Gilbert. I called him right after I got the news that Annapurna was dropping the film, and I just said, ‘Can you put your cape on and come and rescue me?’ Five hours later, he called me back, and he said, ‘We will do it.’ Jay Roach, our director, was on a scout with all of his head of departments, and I couldn’t call him. I called Aaron first. I think ultimately we made that movie the exact way that it was supposed to be made.”

On which films aspiring producers much watch: “I think, watch bad movies.”

For more from Charlize Theron, visit HollywoodReporter.com.

READ MORE: Charlize Theron Says She Didn’t Want Politics To Overshadow ‘Bombshell’!

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