Woman of the Week: Charlize Theron
The South African stunner wows in Mad Max: Fury Road.EDGAR staff May 18, 2015
Stealing limelight from Tom Hardy in a film where the main character could have been written for him - in fact, she almost comes across as the main character - is no easy feat. But unsurprisingly, Charlize Theron manages it.
Starring alongside Hardy in Mad Max: Fury Road, the South African stunner plays the tough, tomboy role of Imperator Furiosa (below image), in the apocalyptic tale of broken humanity's search for something better.
For an actress whose Academy Award-winning performance in Monster (2003) was described by film critic Roger Ebert as "one of the greatest performances in the history of the cinema", we don't see enough of the talented Theron. After taking a three-year hiatus and returning to work in 2011, she has featured most notably in Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), Prometheus (2012) and A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014).
Her Oscar win for her role as serial killer Aileen Wuornos was the first time a South African has won an Academy Award in a major acting category - she also won a Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for the performance - and she also received Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for her work in North Country (2005).
Aside from acting, in 2008 Theron was named a UN Messenger of Peace by UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon, after setting up her own charity to help protect young people in Africa against HIV and AIDS. In 2009, she co-presented the draw for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in Cape Town, South Africa, where during the rehearsals she drew an Ireland ball instead of the France one as a joke, referring to the controversial result in the play-off match between the two countries.
Now dating actor Sean Penn, we hope Mad Max: Fury Road signals a resurgent Theron to our screens. She is undoubtedly one of Hollywood's most talented ladies, and judging by her latest film, is a pretty tough one too.