Charlize Theron Praises the Paparazzi

February 28, 2008 By:
Charlize Theron Praises the Paparazzi

The always stunning Charlize Theron sat down with T magazine for a personal interview in which she talked about her weight, aging, coming to Hollywood and her feelings about the paparazzi. Here are some highlights from the interview:

On coming to Hollywood:

“My mom came over from South Africa and said, "Either you figure out what to do next or you come home, because you can sulk in South Africa.” She reminded me that I loved movies. She said, "They make them in Hollywood,” and she bought me a one-way plane ticket. When I arrived in California, I got in the cab and said, "Take me to Hollywood.” That was a mistake: The driver took me to a motel called the Farmer’s Daughter, which was somewhat close to the Hollywood sign. Now it’s a cool place, but the rooms were rented by the hour. It took several bottles of bleach and some strenuous scrubbing before I could close my eyes in that room.”

On not losing weight for modeling:

“I had the capability to be a bigger model than I was. They were always telling me, 'Lose five pounds and you’ll be a supermodel.' But I saw modeling like waitressing — it was a way to pay for another career, and that career was dance.”

On aging:

“When you’re young, there’s nothing but excitement. The older you get, the more fearful you become. When you’re young, you don’t think in terms of danger.”

On fame:

“I don’t like the tactics of the paparazzi, but in some ways, I almost prefer their unflattering shots to the glossy images in magazines. I like to see the human underneath.”

On gaining weight for her role as Aileen Wuornos in Monster:

“It’s naive and a little sweet that people think a weight gain constitutes acting. In the case of Aileen Wuornos, there were reasons for her size: She’d led a homeless life, and if you sleep under a bridge, you don’t go to the gym. Your body looks a certain way.”

On not playing the lead in Sleepwalking:

“My mother has a philosophy, and that is, "You’re on your deathbed, you don’t want to be saying, ‘Why didn’t I?’”