Five Best Charlize Theron Films
Since her first big role in The Devil’s Advocate in 1997, Charlize Theron has proven herself to be a different kind of leading lady. Though she could get by on her pretty face and elegant features, Theron has instead gone for parts that present her full range of talents. Charlize Theron has built a career on proving that looks and talent can go hand-in-hand. As one of the most popular and highest paid actresses in Hollywood today, let’s take a look back at her 5 best films in honor of her 40th birthday on August 7th.
Based on the story of real-life serial killer Aileen Wuornos, Monster (released in 2003) was the film that truly showed just what Theron was capable of as an actress. She underwent an extreme physical transformation to become Wuornos, including gaining weight and wearing prosthetic teeth. Theron was nominated for multiple awards for the standout role, winning Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama at the Golden Globes and Best Actress in a Leading Role at the Academy Awards.
In 2005, Theron starred as Josey Aimes in North Country, a fictionalized account chronicling the fight against sexual harassment in the iron mines of Minnesota and the first successful sexual harassment case in the US. Though critical reception of North Country wasn’t as positive as it was for Monster, Theron was praised for her performance in the lead role. She was once again nominated for multiple awards, including the Golden Globes and Oscars, and won the Hollywood Film Award for Actress of the Year and the Women Film Critics Circle Awards for Best Actress.
Changing it up a bit, Theron went on to star in Young Adult in 2010. This comedy-drama centered around main character Mavis Gary, a nearing-40 divorcee writer who can’t seem to get her life together. It allowed Theron to be both dramatic (which many of her roles had already proven she could do) as well as awkward and funny (which she didn’t have as much experience with but definitely pulled off). Theron was nominated for a Satellite, Golden Schmoes, and Georgia Film Critics Association Award for her role, and shared the Chairman’s Vanguard Award from the Palm Springs International Film Festival for it.
Prometheus (2012) was seen by some as a great addition to the Alien franchise and an interesting prequel story, while others saw it as an empty, confusing mess that explained very little and was made only to open the door to multiple sequels. In it Charlize Theron stars as Meredith Vickers, a woman with shady intentions who is sent along on an exploratory mission to perhaps find the origins of life on Earth. It was not Theron’s first action role but it was one of her first roles in a truly memorable science-fiction action movie. Prometheus was a box office success and Theron was nominated for Choice Summer Movie Star Female at the Teen Choice Awards for her part in it.
In 2015 Mad Max: Fury Road premiered to box office success and critical acclaim, with much of the success of the film said to be because of Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa. Though not the title character, Furiosa plays a much larger role than Max (Tom Hardy) for much of the film. A trusted member of cruel leader Immortan Joe’s entourage, Furiosa breaks free of his control in order to help his concubines escape to a (hopefully) better life. Critics and audiences have praised Theron’s role in the film and, though it’s too soon to see if she’ll win any awards for the part, it is highly likely the nominations will be pouring in.
From victim to warrior, broken woman to awkward adult, and supporting character to leading star, Charlize Theron has proven over the course of her career that she can play just about any role that is thrown at her. She is not afraid to take risks, try new things and get her hands dirty. Whether she’s a dramatic lead or an action star, Theron is one of the most impressive and versatile actresses on screen today and a look back at the high (and even low) points of her career prove exactly why. Next up for Theron is portraying the pessimistic Libby Day in Dark Places, available on DirecTV now and released in theaters on her birthday, August 7th.
About the Author: Spencer Blohm is a freelance entertainment and pop culture blogger for http://www.directstartv.com/localchannels/.