Charlize Theron Whines About the Plight of 'Pretty People' in Hollywood

charlize theronDon't hate her because she's beautiful: In a recent interview with GQ, Charlize Theron says that, contrary to popular belief (and actual fact), being really, really good-looking is actually something of a curse for a Hollywood actress because "pretty" people don't get good, "meaty" roles. (Did we mention this is the same Charlize Theron who won an Oscar for the decidedly un-pretty role of serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster?)


And not only does Theron legitimately believe that winning the genetic jackpot for looks is somehow a valid thing to complain about, but she seems pretty dang ticked off about the supposedly unfair treatment attractive actors are subject to, as well. She says in the interview:

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, f***ing, gown-wearing eight-foot model? When meaty roles come through, I’ve been in the room and pretty people get turned away first.

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Hmmm, that's a good question, Charlize: How many roles are out there for the gorgeous, f***ing, gown-wearing eight-foot model? I don't have a guess as to the actual number, but I'm gonna go out on a limb and say pretty much ALL the roles. (The real question here is, how many working actresses out there don't fall at least somewhere on the spectrum of attractive to stunning?) And even if the roles Theron is talking about aren't for a gorgeous model, somehow models can play them anyway -- as in the aforementioned case of her part in Monster. Clearly, Theron doesn't remotely resemble real-life serial killer Wuornos whatsoever -- but that didn't stop her from taking on the role (and consequently gaining a whole bunch of weight and drastically altering her overall appearance to fit the bill).

I'm not the only one who feels this way, either. Princess Diaries and Welcome to the Dollhouse star Heather Matarazzo (who, interestingly, co-starred with Theron in The Devil's Advocate) tweeted her reaction to Theron's interview -- and probably spoke on the behalf of legions of non-Charlize-looking actresses in the process:

"Um............. I'm going to WHOLEHEARTEDLY disagree, based on years of experience," Matarazzo tweeted, adding, "Maybe Charlize Theron should read my piece questioning 'What the F*ck is F*ckable?' in terms of the industry."

Indeed. Is there some element of truth to what Theron says about gorgeous models getting passed over for grittier roles? Probably, but I'm willing to bet that's more because they don't match up to actual realistic character descriptions than because there's some sort of prejudice. I'm sorry, but most people don't look like models -- and Hollywood is guilty of pretending that we do.  

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So while I would really like to try to muster up some measure of sympathy for Theron here, I'm having a hard time. Doesn't she appreciate how many doors her looks have opened for her, and how much easier she has it in the industry overall than women who don't look like her? After all, she can always make herself look uglier, but non-model types can't necessarily turn themselves into runway material to win a role that would be handed to Theron on a silver platter.  

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