Walking into a New York hotel room with a booming voice and a bold
smile, the 5' 9" actress boasts the kind of fiercely monkeyed-up
hairstyle that only the truly attractive can pull off. As she sat
down to talk with drDrew.com, Theron joked that she'd just flown
in from a film set in Reno, Nevada, where she was "trying to just
gamble enough money to buy a house."
drDrew.com: Did you enjoy playing a deep-down
nasty person in Reindeer Games?
Charlize Theron: [slow grin] She's not nasty! I think there
was an essence of her, like Helga [Theron's character in Two
Days in the Valley ] that makes me like both characters. Things
just really haven't worked out for them in life.
drDrew.com: Why does that interest you?
CT: I think that life is unpredictable, much like a heist.
No matter how much you plan it out, it's never gonna work out the
way you want it to. There are always going to be some obstacles
thrown your way. The circumstances that you find yourself in at
that particular moment can change everything for you and you might
deal with them in a very radical way.
drDrew.com: Do you enjoy stunts? There weren't
many in Cider House Rules.
CT: Well, they were both very cold places to be in, which
is not my favorite thing. I like being physical. I think it comes
from the fact I was a dancer for so many years, and physically I
told stories for most of my life without doing anything verbally.
The physical part is so important to me. I don't like characters
who just sit in chairs doing scenes. My stunt girl hates me. They
fly her out and I'm like, "No, no, let me do it!" But there were
certain things on this film it would have been irresponsible for
me to do.
drDrew.com: How do you recharge between films?
CT: A lot of energy packs! I'm fond of little vacations and
I do that pretty much after every movie if I can. No one has the
phone number, and I go away for five or seven days and I just get
away from everything. I think the hardest thing about working back-to-back
is that you don't have enough time to get one character out of your
system. I find that going away somewhere isolated and not being
in touch, being in a room and watching the Discovery Channel all
day can really clear your head. [There's] something about all those
drDrew.com What's the oddest rumor you've read
CT: That I was gay. But I don't know how they found that out! [Laughs]
I've been keeping that a pretty good secret for so long!
drDrew.com: Do you forge friendships on the set
CT: When you work on something as intense as Reindeer
Games, it's not the most pleasant place to be. Yet somehow we
always found a bar that had a bikini contest. Those things sound
really silly, but those are the things that make you want to wake
up at 4am in the morning and go to work with these people. It's
so important. The face that Ben makes when a girl comes out with
a little bikini is priceless.
drDrew.com: Was it nice to have a leading man
for once you could look up to?
CT: Very nice. Where you can actually wear heels and feel
good about it. He's a tall drink of water. My wardrobe usually consists
of flip-flops. Flip-flops or nothing at all. Because that inch really
is a lot.
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