Charlize Theron's transformation from former Fox News personality Megyn Kelly to "Bombshell" is odd.
The Oscar-winning actress chose not to meet the former Fox News host before playing her in the film, which deals with sexual misconduct and toxic male culture at Fox under the auspices of founder Roger Ailes (played by John Lithgow).
“With Megyn, it was incredibly intimidating. She is intimidating. "I wanted to have as much space as possible to find what I thought I needed to find (to play the part)," Theron said recently during a round table conversation from the Times Envelope section. "I think it's a lot of pressure on her too – not just talking about me – I felt bad about putting her in that position where she needed to, like, sit in front of me and ask her questions."
Charlize Theron in the mega makeup it took to play Megyn Kelly.
A variety of reasons made it difficult for women to confront each other; However, getting to know the people behind biographical characters is not the way Theron usually researches their roles, according to the actress.
Often, it is not possible to come face to face with the subject, she added. For example, serial killer Aileen Wuornos, which she played in "Monster," was performed the day Theron agreed to appear in Patty Jenkins' 2003 film. (The role earned Theron an Oscar for best actress.)
With Kelly, Theron excelled in other ways.
"I'm incredibly empathetic and I'm sure this is hard for her, for all the women in this story. But we are deciding not to reveal all our sources," she said. "(Kelly) was fully aware of the film. Our filmmakers, producers and writers did a lot of this research. So a lot of this information was coming to me."
Kelly has been a flash of controversy for years. Although NBC News stole it from Fox in 2017, its departure from the broadcast network earlier this year after a turbulent two-year season was followed by comments she made about using blackface as well as many attempts to rehabilitate it. your public image. Note that the journalist has publicly approved cast of Theron in the movie and counts among fans of the actress.
Theron, who produced "Bombshell," also had to clarify a joke she made in portraying Kelly, explaining the difference between the challenges she faced in playing the most recognizable Kelly compared to the lesser known Wuornos.
"It was harder in the sense that Megyn is incredibly well known and Aileen really wasn't. And I feel that Aileen was a breakthrough for people, as if they saw that movie and So they would go to Google, see the Nick Broomfield documentaries, ”said Kelly. “And it was like a later discovery, which allows a little breathing room as an actor, because the audience doesn't necessarily come to know so much.
“With Megyn, I knew I had none of that, because she's so well known and her voice is so specific. And we all know this persona, how she behaves, ”he added. "That was harder in the sense that I felt the pressure of 'Ah, I don't feel there is room for maneuver here'."
Watch the full conversation Theron had with The Times, which also features Awkwafina, Cynthia Erivo, Jennifer Lopez and Renée Zellweger, below.
Awkwafina, Cynthia Erivo, Jennifer Lopez, Charlize Theron and Renée Zellweger in the pole dance, nerves and joys of a group headed by women.