When one thinks of Charlize Theron, one pictures that blond South African-born goddess who shined when she won the Oscar earlier this year. So it’s a surprise to see her in Germany on the set of her new sci-fi thriller “Aeon Flux” looking quite different altogether. Standing tall with a short midnight black hair style and piercing eyes, Theron is built like a anky catwalk model in person and even though the hairstyle isn’t becoming, she’s got a professional but relaxed demeanour about her which makes our very short time spent interviewing her an enjoyable experience.
If starring as a scantily clad female assassin in practically every scene of the film wasn’t hard enough, Theron made headlines when production was shut down for several weeks due to an injury she sustained during stuntwork on the film. Today she talks about that accident, why she chose this as her post-Oscar project and what we can expect:
Question: This seems like an odd choice for you after winning the Oscar?
Theron: I think odd is good. I don’t think actors, I mean, speaking for myself, I don’t want to go and just keep doing the same thing, you know? I think that challenge is always good. I knew nothing really about the genre. And just in that, that was enough of a challenge for me to work with a filmmaker that I really wanted to work with and I thought was a really interesting choice for this genre. Those were all elements that were really important to me. So, you know, it’s odd, but that’s good, I think.
Question: What was it that drew you to this script, this story?
Theron: The elements that really attracted me is the fact that at end of the day, it’s bottom line a love story. It’s a human story, and the struggles and the things that this so-called futuristic story takes place in had all the elements of human struggle that I’m really interested in. I’m not interested in playing a robot. These are real people struggling with things that I think a lot of people can relate to.
Question: You’re going to be the next big action heroine.
Theron: That’s going to be me! Watch out, Arnie! But I think that even though this is very physically demanding it’s definitely not lacking in the acting department. If it was I wouldn’t be here. I couldn’t see myself going through four months, five months, now almost eight months, of this if I didn’t have the creative satisfaction that I do need as an actor.
Question: for the human aspect of her, she is a killing machine but she also falls in love. Talk about how you balance that.
Theron: As an actor I think it gives you a nice range. You get to go from one place and build quite a nice arc, and to have that already embedded in the character makes it easier for me. She is pretty self-destructive and I think sometimes thinks of herself as indestructible, so I can kind of get into that. I like that.
Question: It must have been tough when you injured yourself.
Theron: It was an accident. These things happen. I think you can talk to anybody who works on an action film – when you do these things you don’t expect, but it could happen. Nothing bad came from it, I’m healed up completely, and I think in the long run we used it to our advantage to come back even more prepared and ready to make sure there were no kinks anywhere. It was a little frustrating. There’s nothing worse than being in the middle of a film and having to take six weeks off. But for me you can’t take it off, because your mind is still completely connected to it. That was a little hard, but in a way very good because I could utilize that time because for three months before starting this film I focused on the physical aspect. I really spent that six weeks thinking about where that woman is going. I used it to my advantage.
Question: Besides the physical stuff, what’s the most challenging aspect of the role?
Theron: It’s all pretty challenging. Physically challenging. Sometimes, although I have to give Karyn a lot of credit because she tries to stay away from green screen, but that stuff is always challenging. The weather’s been very challenging, in my “layered outfit.” The work has been challenging but good. It’s interesting to take something that’s loosely based on something that’s quite familiar and I think quite known for not really having a linear story and trying to put it in a linear story.
Question: How important is it that the role must challenge you?
Theron: It’s very time consuming. I have ADD, so for me to go and really dedicate myself to something for a period of time it’s very important for me to like it, to like the people I’m working with and really leave every night and – because at the end of the day I have no idea if this is going to be a success. At least I know whatever happens with this I made my decisions based on something really satisfying to me. I think that’s the best guage you can go with – if it’s satisfying to me, I think it’ll be satisfying to you. I like to make movies I would want to go see, so I hope that’s what we’re doing.