Charlize Theron is a captivating artist. In her more than a decade-long career, the Atomic Blonde actress has starred in multiple roles across genres, delivering prolific and convincing performances. Theron has starred in various roles that are by no means easy, but when talked about her most demanding role, she would give the crown to her role in the $62M movie.
Charlize Theron gave an epic performance in the movie, based on the real-events, Bombshell. Despite starring as a serial killer, among many other roles, she believes Bombshell was her toughest job.
Charlize Theron Was Scared Of Starring As Megyn Kelly
Charlize Theron is an incredible actress with an uncanny knack for delivering an exceptional performance no matter what role she plays. Having played supervillains and even the role of a serial killer for which she won an Oscar, Theron would not regard them as her toughest job. For Theron, starring as the problematic American Journalist Megyn Kelly was the most challenging role she has ever undertaken. In an interview, she said,
“[Megyn Kelly is] incredibly well-known, and I’ve never played anybody that’s on that level. I’ve played real people, but people that nobody knows about. There was less pressure when I did those. I was just really scared, too, because I honestly knew her so superficially. She’s conflicting.”
Charlize Theron stars as Kelly in the 2019 movie Bombshell. It follows the story of three female journalists who risk their careers to bring down the right-wing mogul Roger Ailes for his chain of s*xual-harassment allegations.
Despite being praised for her acting and extreme transformation for the role, Theron was worried about portraying someone who was so well known. However, she felt content knowing her role also allowed her to play a significant part in the #metoo movement, that was at large in 2019.
For Charlize Theron, Playing Megyn Kelly Was Harder Than Playing A Serial Killer
Charlize Theron won the Academy Award for best actress for her role as a serial killer in the 2004 movie Monster. Portraying a real-life serial killer is not easy, but for Theron, it was easier than playing a real-life journalist. Comparing the two roles, Thron said in an interview,
“This was harder. You forget sometimes — all of us do this — we think we know people, we have our preconceived ideas of them. As an actor, you have to have that ability to put all of that aside and do research, and to actually find out about somebody.”
Admitting that Bombshell is not a biopic about anyone, but rather a portrayal of a high-profile incident, Theron felt she had to work harder for this role as the story was worth telling.
You can rent Bombshell on Amazon Instant Video.