This Actress Is Calling BS on Charlize Theron's Claims That She's Discriminated Against for Her Good Looks

April 6th 2016

Almie Rose

Charlize Theron is usually such a badass, which made her latest comments on Hollywood and beauty especially disappointing. Now, she's facing serious criticism from fellow actors.

In an interview in the May 2016 issue of British GQ, Theron had this to say about gender and pay gap:

"Jobs with real gravitas go to people that are physically right for them and that’s the end of the story. How many roles are out there for the gorgeous, fucking, gown-wearing eight-foot model? When meaty roles come through, I’ve been in the room and pretty people get turned away first."

Theron complained that she was too pretty to get good film roles.

This is a both a frustrating and puzzling comment for the actress to make. First, because she acknowledges and makes a solid point about how hard women already have it in the industry, especially as they age. In that same interview she told the magazine:

We live in a society where women wilt and men age like fine wine. [...] It would be a lie to say there is less worry for women as they get older than there is for men... It feels there’s this unrealistic standard of what a woman is supposed to look like when she’s over 40.

Had she stopped there, it would have been an interview that everyone could get behind.

But to then add that she can't get "meaty" roles because of her beauty seems quite ridiculous. In 2004, she won an Oscar for playing serial killer Aileen Wuornos in "Monster," a role so unglamorous that one wonders how she got into "the room" to audition.

She was also nominated for best actress in 2006 for her role as a miner in "North Country." And she has a total of three Golden Globe nominations ("Young Adult," "North Country," "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers") and one Golden Globe win ("Monster"). Recently, she was praised by critics and filmgoers for her gritty turn as Imperator Furiosa in 2015's "Mad Max: Fury Road," in which she boasted a shaved head and a prosthetic arm, physical traits that are not commonly associated with typical Hollywood beauty standards.

Actress Heather Matarazzo ("The Princess Diaries," "Welcome to the Dollhouse") called Theron out on Twitter.


She linked to a Variety article that quoted Theron's GQ statements:

She then followed that up with:

The piece in question is an article Matarazzo wrote for her blog. In it, she expresses the "pain, shame and humiliation" that she felt when she was passed over for a prime film role because she wasn't deemed attractive enough, or, "fuckable":

"When I was 19 or so, I was standing in a Starbucks in West Hollywood with a director, talking about the upcoming film we were about to shoot. It had been a long road, but we had finally made it. Waiting for our coffee, I could see that he seemed a bit uneasy. I asked him if everything was ok. He said yes. I didn’t believe him, so I asked him again. He looked at me and said 'Heather, I’m sorry, we have to give your role to another actor. The producers don’t want you.' I didn’t understand. I had been attached to this project for two years, and now two weeks before filming, I’m being let go. I asked him why. He looked me dead in the eyes and said 'They say you’re not fuckable.' Well, fuck me. Even as I write this, I can still feel the pain, shame, and humiliation that came over me in that moment."

Matarazzo writes that this body-shaming experience followed her into her twenties.

Women frequently deal with self-esteem issues stemming from negative body images perpetuated by the media. Even Victoria's Secret model Erin Heatheron felt she couldn't measure up to or maintain such unrealistic beauty standards.

And although Theron does face immense pressure to be beautiful, as many women in Hollywood do, in 2004 Theron signed a reported $5 million annual endorsement with beauty product powerhouse, Dior.