Charlize Theron ( born 7 August 1975) is a South African and American actress and film producer.
She has starred in several Hollywood films, such as The Devil’s Advocate (1997), Mighty Joe Young (1998), The Cider House Rules (1999), The Italian Job (2003), Hancock (2008), A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) and Mad Max: Fury Road (2015).
Golden Globe Award
Screen Actors Guild Award
Theron received critical acclaim for her portrayal of serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster (2003), for which she won the Academy Award, Silver Bear, Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress among several other accolades, becoming the first South African to win an Academy Award in a major acting category. She received Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations for her performance in the sexual harassment-themed drama North Country in 2005 and a Golden Globe Award nomination for her performance in Jason Reitman’s 2011 film Young Adult.
The Burning Plain
Theron became a U.S. citizen in 2007, while retaining her South African citizenship. In the late 2000s, she moved into the field of producing, both in television and film. In 2006, she produced the documentary East of Havana. She had producing credits on the films The Burning Plain (2008) and Dark Places (2015), both of which she starred in. In 2012, she played Queen Ravenna in Snow White and the Huntsman and Meredith Vickers in Prometheus, both of which were box office successes. She reprised her role of Queen Ravenna in the 2016 follow-up film The Huntsman: Winter’s War. In 2016, Time Magazine named her in the annual Time 100 most influential people list.
Evil Queen Ravenna
Following a three-year hiatus from the big screen, Theron returned to the spotlight in 2011 with Young Adult. Directed by Jason Reitman, the film earned critical acclaim especially for Theron’s performance. She was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and several other high-profile awards. Theron played the Evil Queen Ravenna, Snow White’s evil stepmother, in the film Snow White and the Huntsman, which began production in 2011 and was released in 2012. In 2011, she described her process for becoming the characters in her film: When I’m figuring out a character, for me it’s easy, since once I say yes to something, I become super-obsessed about it – and I have an obsessive nature in general. How I want to play it starts at that moment. It’s a very lonely, internal experience. I think about [the character] all the time – I observe things, I see things and file things , everything geared to what I’m going to do. I’m obsessed with the human condition. You read the script and become obsessed with nature, her habits. When the camera rolls, it’s time to do my job, to do the honest truth. You can’t do that part of the work when you’re [in the middle of] making the film. At least I can’t.
In 2012, she starred in Ridley Scott’s science fiction film Prometheus. In 2013, Vulture/NYMag named her the 68th Most Valuable Star in Hollywood saying: “We’re just happy that Theron can stay on the list in a year when she didn’t come out with anything … any actress who’s got that kind of skill, beauty, and ferocity ought to have a permanent place in Hollywood.”
In 2015, Theron played Libby Day, the lead character in the film adaptation of the Gillian Flynn novel Dark Places, directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner. Theron also had a producer credit. The same year, Theron also starred as Imperator Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), opposite Tom Hardy.
Theron reprised her role as Queen Ravenna in the fantasy epic The Huntsman: Winter’s War, a sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman. The film was released on April 22, 2016.
She is currently set to star in an adaptation of the graphic novel The Coldest City being directed by David Leitch, which began production in November 2015.