On the eve of the Cannes premiere of Mad Max: Fury Road, W magazine invites Charlize Theron to cover story of its April issue. The star of the film, who has changed a lot for this role again, looks simply stunning in the photo shoot of Murt and Marcus.
The shooting was stylized by Edward Enninful, who chose clothes and accessories from the spring-summer collections of Tom Ford, Alexander Wang, Opening Ceremony, Givenchy, SoniRykiel, Prada, LPerla, Lanvin, BarbarBui and Dior for the project. The photo session is accompanied by an interview with a Hollywood star. In an interview with journalist Lynn Hirschberg, Charlize spoke about her new role and work in cinema.
You starred in Mad Max: Fury Road, which is a sequel to George Miller's films. Did you watch the first parts of Mad Max when you were a young girl living in South Africa?
“Of course I saw Mad Max. I remember some of the images from there: the road, racing cars … But I don't know who Mel Gibson was in this film. I thought he was just some cool dude. In South Africa, we had no such thing as celebrities, so I had no idea anyone knew the names of the actors at all.
But you once talked about your teenage crush on Tom Hanks
- I loved him without knowing his name. He was a guy with a dog that drool everywhere at Turner & Hooch. I was in love with him, but South Africa has a completely different culture. When I first saw on the map that South Africa is at its lowest point, I felt like I was in a different world. Everything, not only from the world of cinema, happened somewhere there. Therefore, even at a very young age, I wanted to explore what this “there” is.
You filmed Fury Road in Namibia, which is in the same part of the world where you grew up. Do you like being close to home?
- I felt a kind of contradiction. On the one hand, it was a feeling of home, but on the other … In general, filming there lasted seven months, so there was nausea.
How did you decide to shave your head for the role?
- Firstly, my character had to be albino. So I thought it would be better to shave my head to enhance the effect. I called George Miller and told him my plan. He said nothing, and I decided that it was consent. Then I took the scissors and cut my hair.
This is very daring. Then you just took a shower and left the house?
- It was a little sexy. Yes, it was fun to shower with my new bald head.
You left South Africa as a teenager to become a dancer. But aren't you too tall for that?
- Quite right. But I was very hardworking. Technically, I was not a great dancer, I was a good actress who can dance.
I loved it when you danced with Channing Tatum at the Oscars in 2013
- God bless this man! He has so much strength and he never complains. I didn't plan to dance at the ceremony, but at this time Seth MacFarlane was looking for actors for his comedy A Million Ways to Lose Your Head. It seemed to me that he would not give me a job if I did not do something like that. After all, I'm not on the list of people who are considered suitable for comedy. All my films are pretty strong and depressing, so even my friends don't always go to my premieres. As a rule, the premieres of my films do not even have an afterparty, because they are very difficult.
Your son is already three years old. After becoming a mom, is it hard for you to come home and get rid of your dark side, which is revealed on the set?
- I've never been a big fan of my heroines to bring their features home. Even when I only lived with a dog, I knew that my cocker spaniel didn’t deserve the company of my Monster character. And now I am not at all attracted to negative characters, I think about how to save humanity from AIDS and injustice. I think my son deserves a better world.
I think you are a good mother because you got along so well with your dog. Dogs are like preparing for the birth of a child
“They are all my children. Love is love, and caring is caring. The loss of some of my dogs was as devastating to me as the loss of a family member. Motherhood in my late thirties gave me some perspective.
What is it?
- Like many others, I was too demanding on older women. Our society makes them feel limited, weak, cut flowers. Now I understand that this is not so: we can rejoice at any age. On my part, this is such a support for twenty-year-olds who are afraid of getting old. Getting older isn't so bad.
What advice would you give to yourself in your twenties?
- I would say “Calm down”. I was always in a hurry somewhere, fussing. I felt that time was running out. Now that I am older, I know that I am missing something. I come home and I feel very good. When I stepped over thirty, I realized that I should not please everyone. I can enjoy life, which is not such a bad thing.