September 14th, 2009
10:36 PM ET

Charlize Theron loves being a "real woman"

I'm all ready to interview Charlize Theron for "The Burning Plain" Junket at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills when the first thing I notice is that it's hot inside the hotel suite where the interview is going to take place:  no AC and around 85 degrees Fahrenheit.  There is apparently an AC problem, but you wouldn't have known it by looking at Miss Theron. Her blond, shoulder-length hair was styled perfectly, her make-up was flawless and her dress was conservative yet classic.

Charlize Theron

After talking about why she took on the role of a mother with a mysterious past who ultimately seeks to bond with her young estranged daughter, it's apparent there's so much more to Theron than her beauty.  In the film, she is plain and very unassuming. She wears little if any make-up on screen and comes across as "every woman".

Theron is known for playing complex women who have dark sides or have been victimized. Think "Monster" and "North Country" and now Sylvia in "The Burning Plain." What's fascinating is that a woman who many people might consider to be one of the most beautiful women in the world, a woman who was the face of Dior Perfume, a woman who graced the cover of VOGUE Magazine would rather be without make-up!! Theron says she's drawn to roles that are unglamorous because they are much closer to what she really looks like.

I believe Theron, but she's still one of the most beautiful people in the world SANS make-up. So I don't consider it hard for her to go around without it.  But what I admire from this talented Oscar winner is the fact that her beauty doesn't define her or control her and she takes chances that push her farther in her chosen craft. Every time Theron's on screen she becomes the character and that in itself makes her beautiful.

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  1. javan

    Saying something as short as 'Charlize Theron is MY Number 1" would have told the entire story...just in a shorter version. 😛
    No, seriously, I'm in love with Charlize, and I hope I would get to know her if my dreams come through of being a Hollywood movie director, and screenplay writer. Producer as well. Even before I got to know about Charlize, the first time i saw in a movie I fell in love with the girl, not knowing who she was and that we also born on the same day as me. It's a weird feeling, but I feel like I'm imprinted unto Charlize.

    September 26, 2009 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Anastasia Fontaines

    I love this article KJ. Charlise Theron though having endorsed some beauty products is as an actress connecting to the less glamorous roles for different reasons. It is easy to be as beautiful as Charlise is and be defined by that beauty in her work but she is choosing to as much as possible (hard to do when you look that good) play down the fact that she is beautiful and get gritty.
    She is a very refined actress who is willing to go deep and dark for her audience and the characters she is embodying and portraying. It is always refreshing to see an actress as beautiful as she is make strong, bold and unexpected choices in their roles.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. domac

    I believe we should use a different forum to voice our opinions about our President. I agree that that was an inappropriate comment voiced but we live in a country that allows freedom of speech. Even if the speech is from and idiot.

    September 15, 2009 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jimmy

    Interesting points that the author is so blown away by her looks – she is beautiful – but why not talk about what makes her so neat as a person. BUT – the reason I had to write in is I have my opinions on politics but WHY is Obama or any president being discussed in this feedback. Dah – did I miss something – come in Wendy – planet earth calling.

    September 15, 2009 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. rainy

    Charlize Theron does really good work. The roles she chooses are always so rich.

    However, I must say this article comes up short.

    September 15, 2009 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. allroy

    Wendy seems very confused. Is she this confused on the way to the bathroom? As for Americans moving out of country if don't like Obama, what idiot said that? I am a War Veteran and I still detest Obama, so you move out of the country. I have more right to live here than you do since I have fought to keep this country free.

    As for Theron, she's pretty but I don't like her politics. Would I watch her movies...some of them. I still won't see Monster or North Country because I don't consider either very good movies. A waste of time to watch them. She is a so-so actress but still pretty.

    September 15, 2009 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Doug

    Lee, comparing Charlize to Jen is moronic. Charlize is an intelligent, beautiful woman who stands up for what she believes. She also happens to be an amazing actress, having won countless awards (including an Oscar) and being nominated for countless more. What exactly has Jen done...?

    Charlize is one of South Africa's greatest exports.

    September 15, 2009 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lee

    agrees with what Nikki said... society is so shallow and obviously all she has going for her is the fact that she doesn't wear make-up. To me, you just insulted the woman!

    September 15, 2009 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  9. Julie M

    Yeah this blog threw me off. Who wrote it? It really sounds like some random blog about Charlize Theron that I could have googled or something.

    That's what I get for my entertainment headline addiction.

    September 15, 2009 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  10. whatever

    As Americans, we have the right to dislike the president without moving out of the country.

    And yeah, this is the "entertainment" section of CNN. Theron has a movie to promote, so we get articles like this.

    September 15, 2009 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  11. Lee

    I have to disagree with some of you folks, Charlize is very pretty and somewhat intelligent but that doesn't really make her unique. For every ONE Charlize or Jennifer Anniston, there are 1000 out there like them. They just happen to be on screen. Charlize was 'discovered' in line at a bank, it's not like she was a chemical engineer or something. Anniston has family in the industry and that's a big help. While I don't usually support the "Catty" women who respond on these forums I do have to agree that you guys only see "that pretty face".

    September 15, 2009 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  12. bmrsooner


    If you are an American, learn to support your country AND your President. If you don't like who is elected MOVE OUT OF THE COUNTRY. President Obama is wading through the mistakes of Bush's years but he WILL be the difference this country needs.

    If you're not an American, your opinion doesn't matter.

    Oh, and Charlize Theron is gorgeous but why does that make CNN? You need some new material guys.

    September 15, 2009 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  13. Stupid "article"

    Is this seriously an article? Sounds like the musings of an 8th grade boy crushing on his best friend's hot mom.

    Really, really stupid.

    September 15, 2009 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |

    Wendy and soonerchick – please grow up!

    September 15, 2009 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  15. Laurie Mann

    Theron wasn't fond of Bush, that's for sure. Maybe Wendy is just a little confused...

    September 15, 2009 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  16. Sara

    Charlize is from South Africa

    September 15, 2009 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  17. Jeff , Douglass, KS

    K.J., I couldn't agree more. Charlize Theron is one of those scary-good actresses who morph on screen. She has been some of the best played characters on screen. The fact that she's a very pretty lady in real life doesn't get in her way. That's a rare thing, also. Quite unique.

    September 15, 2009 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  18. Monrob

    Ms Theron is an intelligent and beautiful woman inside and out. Have you ever heard her speak? Quite a beautiful human being.

    To Wendy. Yes, Americans can be very stupid, did you forget George Bush? Now Obama. Hillary Clinton would have been better!!

    September 15, 2009 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  19. DJWhoop

    Hey Wendy – Huh?

    September 15, 2009 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  20. dear wendy

    Wrong board....and you call us stupid?

    and for your 411...Americans were more disrespectful to President Bush and no one seemed to complain then. You Cant only respect the institution of the presidencey when it suits your fancy. Hello pot, this is kettle calling.

    September 15, 2009 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  21. Nikki

    Can't you talk about anthing but her looks – so she's pretty, who cares? Is it actually 'fascinating" that she would rather be without make-up? You are easily fascinated – make-up is a pain to wear/maintain throughout the day – who wouldn't rather be without it – why don't you try some substantive writing here – it is sadly obvious that you can't get past her looks, though she seems to have no problem doing so –

    September 15, 2009 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  22. Mike in NYC

    I never tire of looking at that face.

    September 15, 2009 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  23. soonerchick

    I hear you, Wendy.

    September 15, 2009 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  24. gloria


    Did CNN write this article? You guys need some quality control...

    "a woman who was the face of Dior Perfume would rather be without make-up!!"

    September 15, 2009 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  25. citizenUSA

    Picture Homer Simpson as if he were talking about a doughnut, "Charlize, uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh..."

    September 15, 2009 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  26. Celia

    What exactly does your comment have to do with Charlize Theron or this article?

    If you have a problem with what happened during the President's speech on healthcare Monday night, find an article that is about it and post your cries there.

    On another note, it's nice to know that actors are just as down to earth as we all are. It's nice to see that they don't let Hollywood go to their heads.

    September 15, 2009 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  27. matt_in_indy

    I agree that Charlize is one of the most beautiful women...well.. ever. She has taken chances with her career that really shows that she is an actess and not just the pretty girl. My favorite role of hers is in "the Devil's Advocate". Demonstrating her talent to show her emotions and going from the pretty blonde to the psycotic brunette in the movie was what impressed me. I have been a fan since I saw her in "2 Days in the Valley". I hope to read more about her upcoming morning.

    September 15, 2009 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  28. wendy,

    I never knew Americans were so stupid, They are so disrespectful to their president. They need to stop.

    September 14, 2009 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |

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