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Charlize Theron: Rebirth and Nirvana

陈溪 Cecilia Chan 2017-03-27 14:31

With eyes lined in thick eyeliner, Charlize Theron turns from whole - some blonde to a fearsome “bad girl” in a minute; when removing the heavy makeup and coating her lips with a sheer gloss, she transforms into a Hollywood glam-girl again. In the movie Monster, Theron was magically morphed into the notorious serial killer Aileen Wuornos. Even those images built by Hollywood’s top stylist team are still eclipsed by Theron herself among different movie roles, despite heavy makeup, brocade, or defects and scars added by special effects. That may be the most distinct characteristic of a “Best Actress”, which differentiates herself from ordinary people. 


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Start Early


Charlize Theron was born in South Africa to a French father and German mother. She began to study ballet at the age of six... it sounds like a normal childhood, but Theron’s childhood was far from idyllic. Theron revealed that because of severe myopia, she was once the introverted girl with a pair of thick glasses at school. At that time, she tried to change herself to integrate into the school social circle, which only ended up with her being rejected and bullied. At the age of 15, her home became the scene of a tragic and horrifying event. On the night of June 21, 1991, Theron’s father and his brother were returning home after a heavy bout of drinking. An aunt called to warn of his agitation. “Nature gives you instinct. And I knew something bad was going to happen,” Theron said. When she arrived home, her father began shooting, first at the locked gate to the home, then through the kitchen door. He began banging angrily on the door of Theron’s bedroom, saying, according to the testimony, “Tonight I’m going to kill you both with the shotgun.”


After seeing the father fire his gun into her teenage daughter’s room, Theron’s mother picked up her own handgun and shot at the two men - killing the father and wounding his brother. Fortunately, driven by her persistent disposition, Theron soon learned the meaning of life from the tragedy. “Only after you go through an enormous trauma and realize all that you have will disappear simply in an instant will you learn the value of life.” Theron once recalled in an interview.


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At the age of 16, Theron joined a local modelling contest by chance. Much to her own surprise, she won the championship. Later, she travelled to Europe with her mother to seek a job in Italy and finally went to the United states. In New York, she worked as a ballet dancer but a knee injury forced her to give up dancing, like many frustrated ballerinas. When Theron turned 18, her mother decided to take her to Hollywood.


Coincidentally, the good-looking girl met a broker on Hollywood Boulevard who left a name card and cast her in her first gig after eight months. That’s how Theron began her career in Hollywood.


No longer “Eye Candy”


In 1996, Theron starred in Two Days in the Valley, which effectively kick-started her acting career. A plethora of bigname directors invited her to star in movies including the The Cider House Rules, The Legend of Bagger Vance, Men of Honor, and Sweet November, solidifying her position as a good actress, but never quite launching her to the top of the A-list.


Due to her pretty face and physique, Theron was typecast as the eye-candy and love interests in her early film roles, which once intensely upset her. Finally, in 2004, the crew of Monster invited her to play the role of Aileen Wuornos - a haggard-looking female serial killer with a history of trauma. It was a far cry from her previous roles, and Theron jumped at the chance to take up such a challenge


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The true toll of the role didn’t quite sink in until film actually started. To play the role perfectly, Theron gained 18 pounds in a short span of time and even shaved her eyebrows. “To be honest, I even dare not look in the mirror during the filming. I was asking myself where Theron was. I shaved my eyebrows for the role, yeah, I hesitated for a long time, because I have always liked my eyebrows, but... In addition, during the filming, all of my friends were afraid to approach me, because I had not washed my hair for a period to make me look dirty.” Thanks to her amazing perseverance,the film received high praise right after release and Theron also won the hearts of the audience and judges with her intense yet sympathetic portrayal. The movie would prove to be a milestone for her, and she won the Best Actress Oscar for her performance. From then on, Theron proved herself as a real actress to the world. In 2005, she was honored with the 2,291th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Fast & Furious 


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Following the phenomenal global box office domination of Fast and Furious 7 in 2015, people couldn’t help but ask… what next?. No one would have guessed that the series would reach so many sequels in the first place, but this particular sequel was marred by the tragic and sudden death of its star Paul Walker in a car accident. Many people went to the cinema were to see Walker’s final movie. Nonetheless, not even the death of its star can stop the momentum of the Fast and Furious franchise. This year, Fast and Furious 8 will be released on April 14 in the United States and will feature Charlize Theron, it must arouse another round of of heated discussion. After all, Fast & Furious was indeed an unprecedented series of action movie full of youthfulness, passion, and memories. From the beginning to the end, the movie has already been with us for many years.




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