Charlize Theron Reveals Difficulty of Being Beautiful in Hollywood
Charlize Theron is slated for four movie releases in 2016, yet has found that her looks have made it difficult for her to land movie roles.
“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, [expletive], gown-wearing, eight-foot model?” the South African actress asked. “When meaty roles come through, I’ve been in the room and pretty people get turned away first.”
Prior to her career as an actress, the South African beauty worked as a model, campaigning for fashion brands Dior and Guess Jeans.
Theron isn’t the only actress who’s been turned down for roles because of attractiveness.
Justin Timberlake’s wife, Jessica Biel revealed that after she was named “Esquire Sexiest Woman” in 2005, she also found it difficult to secure work. In an interview with “Elle” in 2005, Biel revealed that a director once told her, “I’m not looking for the sexiest woman; I’m looking for the girl next door.'”
“The Hunger Games” actress Jennifer Lawrence echoed the same sentiments as her acting peers.
“I auditioned twice in L.A. and then they said that I was too pretty, so they turned me down,” said Lawrence in reference to her Oscar-nominated role in “Winter’s Bone.”
“So I auditioned again and then we talked for hours and did some improv and I basically convinced them I was ugly enough to do it,” she said.
Attractiveness doesn’t only determine work potential, but so does aging. Theron acknowledges this in the sit-down with Jonathan Dean.
“We live in a society where women wilt and men age like fine wine. And, for a long time, women accepted it. We were waiting for society to change, but now we’re taking leadership,” said Theron, a mother of two. “It feels there’s this unrealistic standard of what a woman is supposed to look like when she’s over 40.”
No worries, Cameron Diaz has it all covered in her new book, “The Longevity Book.”