Charlize Theron Reflects On The Importance Of Female Action Heroes

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Charlize Theron has made a name for herself as an action movie star. From her roles in Mad Max: Fury Road, Atomic Blonde, and, more recently, The Old Guard, Theron has played a lot of badass and capable women.

Writing an essay for Entertainment Weekly‘s “Heroes” issue, Theron reflects on her career and her hope for future Hollywood.

We won’t share the whole thing, but the important bit is that Theron, like many in Hollywood, wants to see diverse and complicated women characters on our screens.

“What’s so interesting to me is that when you tell these intricate stories with women, you have access to so much complexity that just lends itself to good storytelling. We’ve gone through a social change in the last decade or two where we want to be loud and proud about how this idea of what we think a female warrior or female hero or female action star should look like is not necessarily the truth. There is something to celebrate in the complexities of our faults and our flaws and all of the things that make us interesting.”

She added that she hopes in the future, we continue to see the tropes surrounding women in action films be changed into something new.

“All these trope-y things are slowly disappearing, and you’re seeing women living and breathing in these worlds the way men have for centuries. We don’t have to explain ourselves anymore. We can fight and save the world and make a mess, and we don’t have to have some reason behind it. We can just live and breathe and be.”

The Old Guard is available for streaming on Netflix.

Bec Heim