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Charlize Theron Says ‘Monster’ Investors Wanted a ‘Hot Lesbian Movie’


What’s sexier than a murderous truck driver?

Charlize Theron’s career-defining role on “Monster” started out as something very different, she has revealed in a new interview.

The 47-year-old actress starred as real-life murderer Aileen Wuornos in the 2003 serial killer drama, alongside Christina Ricci as her lover Selby Wall.

Theron – who went on to win an Oscar for the role – alleged in a new interview with Harper’s Bazaar that investors were continuing to push for an NSFW LGBTQ story, instead of a plot about a fugitive killer.

She told the publication how backers were asking for “a hot lesbian movie starring me and Christina Ricci” — however, that’s not what “Monster” turned out to be.

“There’s a natural struggle in me to want to create environments that look like the things I wish I had 30 years ago when I started,” Theron said.

The ‘Old Guard’ actress also opened up about her struggles with costumes while filming movies.

“Having absolutely no control over what you wear is a big deal that really bothered me for years,” Theron told Harper’s BAZAAR.


Charlize Theron Says ‘Monster’ Investors Wanted a ‘Hot Lesbian Movie’

Charlize Theron on the cover of Harper’s BAZAAR October 2022.

“Having absolutely no control over what you wear is a big deal that has really p-king bothered me for years. Having a guy giving you a fitting almost in front of him – stuff like that, it’s really demeaning,” Theron noted.

She then describes an incident on set involving a director who wanted her to change clothes.

“When I started, there was no conversation around it. It was like, ‘This is what you wear,’ she explained. “And I remember a movie especially this male director who kept bringing me in, edit after edit after edit.”

“And it was so obvious that it had to do with my sexuality and how f-kable they could make me in the movie. And when I started out, that was just kind of the norm,” said the star of “Fate of the Furious”.

Theron has been a Hollywood staple for 25 years, however, she still doesn’t feel like she’s reached a “Kim Kardashian level” of notoriety.

Charlize Theron Says ‘Monster’ Investors Wanted a ‘Hot Lesbian Movie’
Christina Ricci and Charlize Theron in “Monster” in 2003.
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Elsewhere in the profile, the mother-of-two revealed how her career has evolved.

“I don’t think working more will change my level of fame,” she explained. “It was always a mediocre race. I’ve never been one of those people who are on Kim Kardashian’s level. But I feel like it’s always been that thing.

Theron was also candid about how much of her 20s and 30s in the entertainment business — and the way she was raised — helped her find her voice.

“[In my young adult years], it was a time when you had to be loud to find space in the room,” she continued. “I don’t really like being that person, but there was definitely a time in my life when it was the only way I knew how to function.”

New York Post

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