What could be sexier than a murderous woman killing truck drivers?
Charlize Theron’s career-building role on Monster started out as something very different, she reveals in a new interview.
The 47-year-old actress played real-life killer Aileen Wuornos in the 2003 serial killer drama, opposite Christina Ricci as her lover Selby Wall.
Theron – who later won an Oscar for her part – claimed in a new interview with Harper’s Bazaar that investors continued to push for an NSFW LGBTQ story rather than a plot about a killer on the run.
She told the publication how supporters were demanding “a hot lesbian movie starring me and Christina Ricci” — however, it turns out the Patty Jenkins-directed “Monster” wasn’t.
“There’s a natural struggle within me to want to create environments that feel like the things I would have wanted 30 years ago when I started,” Theron said.
The ‘Old Guard’ actress also opened up about her struggles with costumes during filming.
“Having absolutely no control over what you wear is a big thing that has really f–King annoyed me for years. Having someone make you have a fitting almost in front of them — stuff like that, that’s really demeaning,” Theron noted.
She then described an incident on set involving a director who constantly wanted her to change clothes.
“When I started, there were no conversations about it. It was like, ‘This is what you wear,'” she explained. “And I remember one film in particular, this male director, who just kept pulling me in, fitting after fitting after fitting.”
“And it was just so obvious that it had to do with my sexuality and how damned they could make me in the movie. And when I started, that was just the norm,” said the Fate of the Furious star.
Theron has been a fixture in Hollywood movies for 25 years, but she still doesn’t feel like she’s reached a “Kim Kardashian level” of fame.
Elsewhere in the profile, the mother of two revealed how her career has evolved.
“I don’t think working more will change my profile,” she said. “It was just always a mediocre ride. I’ve never been one of those Kim Kardashian-level people. But I feel like it was just always this thing.”
Theron has also gotten candid about how much of her 20s and 30s in the entertainment business — and the way she was raised — helped her find her voice.
“[In my young adult years], it was a time when you had to be a loud slut to find space in the room,” she continued. “I don’t necessarily like being that person, but there was definitely a time in my life when that was the only way I could function.”